Tampa Bay Rays

Rays fire team physician accused of sexually abusing a teenager

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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.

Major League Baseball to launch an elite league for high schoolers

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This morning Major League Baseball announced a new elite league for high school baseball players who are likely to be drafted. It’s called the Prospect Development Pipeline League. It’ll start next summer and it’ll invite 80 of the best current high school juniors to play in a league in Florida from June through early July, culminating in an All-Star Game during MLB’s All-Star week.

The idea behind the league: to combat the current system in which a couple of pay-to-play, for-profit showcase leagues dominate the pre-draft season. Major League Baseball, schools and a lot of players’ parents have criticized this system because it favors rich kids who can afford to play in them. Major League Baseball is also likely quite keen on having greater control over the training, health and physical monitoring of prospects.

As Jeff Passan notes in his report about this, there will be a component of the program which involves live data-tracking of players during games and drills. Major League Baseball has become increasingly interested in such things but is limited in how much it can do in this regard due to labor agreements. There is no such impediment with high schoolers. Your mileage will vary when it comes to how you feel about that, I presume.