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Dayton Moore accuses “national media” of taking comments “out of context”

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On Tuesday, Craig wrote at length about Royals GM Dayton Moore, who discussed his team’s interest in Oregon State pitcher and convicted sex offender Luke Heimlich in an interview with Fox Sports Kansas City. Moore talked about wanting to give players like Heimlich second chances, and used former Royals outfielder (and current Diamondback) Jarrod Dyson as an example.

Dyson was suspended in February 2009 after testing positive for an amphetamine. In citing Dyson’s “second chance,” Moore equated Dyson’s offense with Heimlich’s. To quote Craig, “It’s an appalling and obnoxious comparison for which Dyson should be insulted and for which Moore should apologize.”

Moore didn’t apologize, but he did say his comparison was not fair. However, he accused the “national media” of taking his comments “out of context,” Zach Buchanan reports for The Athletic. Moore said, “The national media is taking that out of context. Those people know my heart and they know Jarrod Dyson. Although it may seem odd, outside the confines of Kansas City, if you live here and you follow the team and the path of Jarrod Dyson and this organization, you have a better understanding. But (Dyson’s and Heimlich’s situations) are not related at all. They’re not related one bit. Simply that.”

Moore and Heimlich have this in common, at least: neither is capable of taking responsibility for his actions.

Dyson, by the way, wasn’t too happy to have been named in such a comparison. He wasn’t familiar with Heimlich’s case, but after he was filled in, he said, “I don’t know what’s going on. He molested his niece? That’s a tough pill to swallow, man.” Dyson went on, saying, “[Moore] did give me a second chance. I can’t say that he didn’t. (But) to be using mine and that guy’s case, those are two totally different things.”

Dyson went on to say that he likes and respects Moore. According to Buchanan, Dyson appeared more annoyed than angry about Moore’s comment.

When asked if Moore felt the need to reach out to Dyson, he said, “I can.” Dyson isn’t going to be the one making that phone call, though. He said, “At the end of the day, I ain’t put it out, so I ain’t going to be doing no calling.”

Jackie Bradley, Jr. named ALCS MVP

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Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series after his club punched its ticket to the World Series on Thursday night against the Astros.

Coincidentally, the Astros’ Game 5 starter Justin Verlander was ALCS MVP last year en route to a championship.

Bradley went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday’s Game 5, but he hit a three-run double in Game 2, a grand slam in Game 3, and a go-ahead two-run home run in Game 4. That’s nine RBI and three extra-base hits across five games. He also drew four walks.

Though Bradley had a solid regular season, he was not near the top of the list most people would’ve expected to win ALCS MVP heading into the series. During the season, he hit .234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 535 plate appearances.