Kameron Loe and Terrell Joyce suspended 50 games

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MLB announced Thursday that right-handed reliever Kameron Loe and minor league outfielder Terrell Joyce have each been suspended 50 games for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Both players are currently free agents and will begin their suspensions once they sign with new teams.

Loe, 33, owns a 4.49 ERA over 322 appearances in the majors and might be best remembered for his time with the Brewers. He last appeared in the majors in 2013 and pitched exclusively at the Triple-A level last year between stints with the Braves, Diamondbacks, and Royals while posting an ugly 7.51 ERA over over 25 appearances.

Joyce, 22, was a 12th round pick of the Astros in 2012. He batted .231/.309/.495 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI over 53 games with Low-A Tri-City last season.

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.