Bud Selig says MLB and players union will meet this week about domestic abuse policy

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MLB commissioner Bud Selig put his foot in his mouth late last week by saying that he couldn’t remember the last domestic violence incident in baseball, but he is being proactive in the wake of the Ray Rice situation in the NFL.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Selig said today that MLB and the players union will meet this week to reach a policy regarding domestic abuse. The plan calls to introduce a formal discipline for any future cases — there is no league policy at the moment — but the union must sign off on it before it is put into effect.

Below is a statement Selig issued to USA Today Sports:

“I constantly say that baseball is a social institution with very important social responsibilities. Domestic violence is one of the one worst forms of societal conduct. We understand the responsibility of baseball to quickly and firmly address off-field conduct by our players, even potentially in situations in which the criminal justice system does not do so.

“I am proud that baseball disciplinary standards have changed over time, as is evidenced by our drug program, to ensure we are handling such situations sensitively and firmly in the manner expected by our fans, while at the same time providing due process to those accused of wrongdoing.

“We are meeting with the Players Association this week to thoroughly discuss the issue of domestic violence, and how it should be addressed under our Basic Agreement going forward.”

Good news. Our own Craig Calcaterra wrote last week why it is in MLB’s best interests to get to work on a domestic abuse policy as soon as possible. Part of this is about learning from the NFL’s mistakes, but it’s also the right thing to do.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.