Jose Bautista implies that “circumstances” are working against the Blue Jays in ALCS

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The Blue Jays are down two games to none in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series against the Indians and outfielder Jose Bautista isn’t happy about it. Mike Vorkunov, a contributor to various publications including USA TODAY, reported this on Sunday evening:

I’ve always been a fan of “Hanlon’s razor,” which says (paraphrasing), “don’t attribute to malice that which is more easily explained by stupidity.” It’s a lot easier to defend the assertion that umpires just make mistakes. Sometimes, for no reason at all, a disproportionate amount of calls will go against a particular team. It would be more questionable if umpires evenly distributed all of their mistakes. On the other hand, it’s much, much more difficult to link poor officiating to a grand conspiracy against a particular team.

This is, of course, humoring Bautista’s implied narrative that a disproportionate amount of calls have gone against the Jays in the ALCS. Which, I don’t know. Maybe. Probably not.

If Bautista’s implied claim is unfounded, which it almost certainly is, Major League Baseball can’t sit by and let one of its most recognizable players undermine the legitimacy of its contests.

Update (7:30 PM EDT): Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus did the legwork.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”