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


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.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”

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