Astros apologize for minor leaguer’s misogynistic tweet criticizing Jessica Mendoza

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As Wednesday night’s National League Wild Card game between the Giants and Mets was broadcast on ESPN, that meant Jessica Mendoza would be in the broadcast booth along with Aaron Boone and Dan Shulman. Any time Mendoza is on national TV, trolls and misogynists come out of the woodwork to criticize her for any reason, real or imagined. Usually, professional baseball players aren’t among their ranks.

During Wednesday’s game, Astros minor league infielder Brooks Marlow wrote in a since-deleted tweet, “No lady needs to be on espn talking during a baseball game specially Mendoza sorry.”

Marlow deleted the tweet about five minutes after receiving criticism, then complained about people “crying” in a tweet that was also deleted.

Shortly after the conclusion of Wednesday’s game, the Astros apologized via their official Twitter:

Marlow, 23, spent the 2016 season between Single-A Quad Cities and High-A Lancaster. After his promotion to Lancaster, Marlow hit .205/.302/.329 with six home runs and 45 RBI in 299 plate appearances. The Astros selected him in the 29th round of the 2015 draft out of the University of Texas at Austin.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.