Great Moments in Twitter: Buster Olney blocked Jon Heyman

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This is kind of funny. Yesterday it was Buster Olney who broke the Carlos Lee trade. Jon Heyman was not aware of it, however. This series of tweets came an hour after Buster broke the news:

Hearing #marlins to get carlos lee. Believed to be sending a minor leaguer or 2 to houston

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 4, 2012

Matt dominguez is one of prospects discussed in carlos lee trade talks. Not confirmed yet who astros are getting tho

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 4, 2012

Sorry, didn’t realize it was out there. @Ken_Rosenthal reported carlos lee trade. Its for rasmussen and dominguez.

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 4, 2012

Sorry I guess it was buster who broke the carlos lee story. I didn’t realize that since he blocked me long ago. My bad.

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 4, 2012

Given that Heyman makes a habit of blocking everyone who looks at him funny (myself included) — and a lot of people who have done absolutely nothing to him — I find this pretty amusing.

Now, how about everyone grows up, realizes that no one is above criticism and stops blocking other people like petulant children so that we may all have a nice full conversation about the game we all like.

Giants hire Gabe Kapler as new manager

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The Giants announced on Tuesday the hiring of Gabe Kapler as manager. Kapler, filling the extremely large shoes of future Hall of Famer Bruce Bochy, inked a three-year deal, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Kapler was one of three finalists for the job, beating out Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Rays bench coach Matt Quataro.

Following his 12-year playing career, Kapler was a coach for Israel’s team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifier. He then became an analyst for FS1 before joining the Dodgers’ front office as the director of player development in November 2014. He was involved in three scandals there: one in which he tried to handle a sexual assault incident involving two Dodgers minor league players without telling police, one in which he allegedly discriminated against Nick Francona, a veteran and former baseball operations employee, and an incident that implicated most of the Dodgers’ front office concerning the recruiting of international free agents. The Dodgers reportedly kept a spreadsheet of employees and their level of criminality.

Despite Kapler’s background, the Phillies hired him as their manager ahead of the 2018 season. He would lead the Phillies to an 80-82 record that year and then helped them improve by one game in 2019, finishing at exactly .500 before being fired. Kapler’s tenure in Philly was tumultuous, often drawing ire from the local media and subsequently the fan base for not being tough enough on his players. The Phillies also reportedly had a clubhouse issue in 2018 in which players were playing video games in the clubhouse during games, prompting Carlos Santana to smash a TV with a bat.

Kapler has a history with Farhan Zaidi, the Giants’ president of baseball operations. They worked together in the Dodgers’ front office as Zaidi served as GM from November 2014-18.