A’s strength coach spied on players with a hidden camera in the weight room

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This is . . . a new one.

Tim Brown of Yahoo reports that Oakland Athletics strength and conditioning coach, Michael Henriques, has been suspended after it was revealed that he had placed a hidden camera in the Oakland Coliseum weight room to spy on players. The idea, it seems, was to determine who was and who wasn’t using the weight room to rehab while the A’s were away on a recent road trip. The camera was discovered and the A’s, along with MLB’s department of investigations and the MLBPA and an outside law firm, are investigating the matter.

Brown says team president Billy Beane — who was one of the guys who used the weight room while the team was traveling — was “furious” about it. Yet Beane is quoted in the story saying “[w]hile the employee’s intentions were good his judgment was very poor.” I’m struggling to think of the good intentions involved in spying on players with a hidden camera while working out, but I suppose we’ll leave that to the A’s, the union and the league.

Henriques hasn’t been fired and there is a chance he still keeps his job. But boy howdy this is not the sort of thing you want an employee doing. At all.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.