Generally boycotts don’t do anything unless they’re highly publicized. Jose Bautista’s boycott of SportsNet, which was first widely reported yesterday, ended as soon as the publicity started.
The Toronto Star reports that Bautista, who had been boycotting SportsNet because they would not pay for a suit rookie Devon Travis purchased for a SportsNet makeover segment, ended it yesterday and said “we’re moving on.” No one is saying how the matter was resolved, but Bautista apparently spoke with Sportsnet’s Barry Davis in an interview before the game. “No comments” all around.
Did SportsNet cave or did Bautista not want an instance in which he was sticking up for a young teammate to turn into a distraction while the Jays are surging toward the playoffs?
Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna has been suspended for 75 games without pay after violating the league’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy, Major League Baseball announced Friday. The suspension is retroactive to May 8 and will lift on August 4. Osuna has decided not to appeal the decision.
Osuna was charged with one count of assault against his girlfriend following his arrest on May 8. Per FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, the reliever is set to undergo trial on July 9. No details regarding his specific actions in the case have been publicly released, but Heyman adds that MLB was reportedly able to interview the victim prior to issuing the suspension. League Commissioner Rob Manfred issued the following statement:
My office has completed its investigation into the allegation that Roberto Osuna violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy on May 8, 2018. Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Osuna violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will expire on August 4th.
Osuna, 23, pitched just 15 1/3 innings during the 2018 season prior to his arrest. He has been on administrative leave since May 8.