MLB fires Executive Vice President Jimmie Lee Solomon

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Eric Fisher of SportsBusinessJournal reports that a longtime MLB executive has been let go:

Major League Baseball executive VP/baseball development Jimmie Lee Solomon has been fired by commissioner Bud Selig, according to industry sources, ending a 21-year association with the league.

MLB execs declined to comment, and it is not clear what precipitated the surprise move or what Selig plans to do to replace Solomon.

Fisher later tweeted that some team executives said “this was a long time coming.”

Solomon used to have the Joe Torre job: overseeing on-field issues and umpiring, but was demoted a couple of years ago to deal with the league’s development initiatives.  Now he’s out.

Solomon graduated from Harvard Law School, and after 10 years at a Washington law firm, where he made partner, he got into baseball. A couple of years he was quoted as saying he “hated every second” of his legal career.  Which is gonna make it a bit hard for him when he starts circulating resumes next week …

Rafael Devers won’t visit White House with Red Sox

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The World Series champion Red Sox are scheduled to visit President Trump in the White House on February 15. Some have speculated that manager Álex Cora, who is from Puerto Rico and has been critical of Trump and has been a big factor in Hurricane Maria relief efforts, might not go as a form of protest. Thus far, nothing concrete has been reported on that front.

However, third baseman Rafael Devers says he isn’t going to join the Red Sox on their visit to the White House, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports. Devers would prefer to focus on baseball, as the Red Sox open spring training on February 13 and position players have to report on February 17. Per Chris Mason, Devers also said via a translator, “The opportunity was presented and I just wasn’t compelled to go.”

Devers hails from the Dominican Republic and he, like many of Major League Baseball’s foreign-born player base, might not be happy about Trump’s immigration policies. Understandably, he is being tight-lipped about his motivation, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Devers is making a silent protest by choosing not to attend. He is thus far the only member of the team to bow out.

Devers, 22, hit .240/.298/.433 with 21 home runs, 66 RBI, and 59 runs scored in 490 plate appearances last season.

Last year, when the Astros visited Trump at the White House, they did so without Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltrán. Both are from Puerto Rico. It is certainly not unprecedented for individual players to opt out of the White House visit.

No word yet on what food will be served during Boston’s trip to the nation’s capital, but the smart money is on hamberders.