The Dodgers fired a huge portion of their international scouting department yesterday

29 Comments’s Jesse Sanchez and Ken Gurnick report that the Dodgers fired “a significant portion of their international scouting department” yesterday.

Included in the sackings were vice president of international scouting Bob Engle as well as the club’s scouting coordinator in Latin America, scouting coordinator in the Dominican Republic, its director of international and Minor League relations, a special advisor for international player performance, a senior manager of international scouting; and a Latin America field coordinator.

As Sanchez and Gurnick note, the Dodgers have been aggressive in Latin American in the past couple of years but they also have made so many signings that they have gone over their international signing cap and will be unable to sign international prospects for more than $300,000 over the next two signing periods.

Whether these firings were a punishment for that in some way or just an acknowledgment that, for the next couple of years, international activity will be low is unknown. But it’s certainly a Monday massacre for the Dodgers.

Joey Gallo turns his apartment into a batting cage

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While everything going on these days — the illnesses, the stress on the medical system, the stay-at-home-orders, the loss of mobility and the loss of work — hits poor and working people harder than it does well-paid professional athletes, the jocks have their own set of challenges too.

For example, Dallas, like almost everyplace else, is under stay-at-home order in response to the pandemic. That means that Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo can’t go to Globe Life Field and take his hacks in the batting cage as usual. So what’s a guy in his position to do?

Why, set up a cage in his de-luxe apartment in the sky:

Given how hard Gallo hits the ball, I’m sort of freaking out watching this, worrying that one bad bit of partial contact is going to shatter his windows. But I guess that’s a Joey Gallo problem.