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:
TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.
Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.
If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.
“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”
Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.
The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.
Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.