Agent fired for allegedly filming clients as they showered

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I’ve been running this site for nearly nine years. We’ve put up something like 67,000 individual posts in that time. Never, however, have we come across something like this.

Robert Murray of FanRag sports reports that baseball agent Jason Wood of CSE Talent Agency has been fired after it was discovered that he was filming players he represents while they took showers in his home. The scheme was discovered when a player who chose to remain anonymous found a camera while using the shower at Woods’ home. The player fired Wood and then it filtered up from there. Murray says multiple clients of Wood were filmed this way.

Wood had represented Andrew Benintendi of the Red Sox and some other, mostly younger players. Now he’s representing no one. And, in all likelihood, will be facing charges of some kind.

UPDATE: CSE Talent has released a statement regarding Wood’s termination:

(via Deadspin)

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.