Rays fire team physician accused of sexually abusing a teenager

Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays have fired team physician Michael Reilly after he was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl who worked in his medical office approximately 8-10 years ago.

Per the Tampa Bay Times, the team released the following statement:

The Tampa Bay Rays have ended our contractual relationship with Dr. Michael Reilly, a team physician, and he is no longer affiliated with the organization.

The video, embedded below, was created by Brianna Rah, a woman who worked for Reilly when she was a teenager. In it she explains the process via which Reilly groomed her for abuse when she was his family’s 14-year-old babysitter. She claims he’d take extra time when driving her home, which she said felt “weird.” When she was 16 she began working at his medical office, where he’d begin making a point to get her alone, put his hand on her hands and rub her shoulders. Feeling uncomfortable, she quit working at the office for a time, but returned a few months later. When she returned to work with Reilly, she says his behavior escalated to the point where he tried to kiss her while she was in his office with the door closed.

Reilly had been the Rays team physician for the entire 20-year existence of the club. He had previously served as team physician for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Shohei Ohtani agrees to $30 million deal for 2023 with Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani agreed to a $30 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels for the 2023 season in the two-way superstar’s final year of arbitration eligibility before free agency.

The Angels announced the deal, avoiding a potentially complicated arbitration case with the 2021 AL MVP.

Ohtani’s deal is fully guaranteed, with no other provisions. The contract is the largest ever given to an arbitration-eligible player, surpassing the $27 million given to Mookie Betts by the Boston Red Sox in January 2020, a month before he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ohtani is having another incredible season at the plate and on the mound for the Angels, regularly accomplishing feats that haven’t occurred in the major leagues since Babe Ruth’s heyday. He is a strong contender for the AL MVP award again alongside the Yankees’ Aaron Judge, who has tied the AL home run record and is closing in on the batting Triple Crown.

Ohtani is batting .276 with 34 homers, 94 RBIs and a .888 OPS as the Halos’ designated hitter. He is 15-8 with a 2.35 ERA and 213 strikeouts as their ace on the mound, and opponents are batting only .207 against him.

The 28-year-old Ohtani still will be a free agent after the 2023 season, and his future could be tied to the immediate fortunes of the Angels, who will complete their seventh consecutive losing season next week. The Angels didn’t trade Ohtani at the deadline despite being out of the playoff race again, and Ohtani is wildly popular among the club’s fans.

Ohtani repeatedly has said winning will be an important factor in choosing his home beyond 2023, and Angels owner Arte Moreno is currently exploring a sale of the team.

Moreno’s leadership has been widely criticized during the Angels’ mostly miserable run of play since 2009, and a fresh start with deep-pocketed new owners could be the best chance to persuade Ohtani to stay with the franchise he joined in 2018 from Japan. Ohtani immediately won the AL Rookie of the Year award, and he rounded into unique form last season after recovering fully from Tommy John surgery.