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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.”

MLB executive: Bruce Maxwell’s kneeling may keep him from finding work, not his arrest

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In September 2017, former Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first major league player to kneel during the national anthem, joining the handfuls of NFL players who had been doing the same to protest police brutality and racial inequality. Maxwell’s effort was laudable, but he got into trouble a month later when he was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct. Maxwell allegedly pointed a gun at a food delivery person.

Maxwell, 27, played sparingly for the Athletics in 2018 and then was designated for assignment at the beginning of September. He officially became a free agent on November 2 and has had trouble finding work in the month-plus since.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Maxwell fired his agent, Matt Sosnick on Thursday because he’s still jobless. According to an unnamed MLB executive Slusser spoke to, “It’s the kneeling thing that might keep him from getting another job, not the arrest. Owners aren’t going to want to deal with that whole anthem issue.”

That makes a lot of since since abusive players haven’t had too much trouble finding new work otherwise. Addison Russell, Jeurys Familia, and José Reyes, among others have either stayed with their teams or quickly found new work. Given the relatively weak catching market, had Maxwell only had the assault charge, there is no doubt he would have been signed to be a backup catcher somewhere.

In the NFL, Colin Kaepernick — who popularized kneeling during the anthem — has remained unsigned even though teams have opted to sign and start clearly inferior quarterbacks like Mark Sanchez, Josh McCown, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jay Cutler, Matt Barkley, and Sam Bradford, among many others. Team owners tend to run conservative in terms of politics, so they may not like the protest to begin with, then there is the public blowback to signing such a player as those who dislike such protesting make up a slight majority in the U.S., according to various polls including one done by the Washington Post.

It’s worth noting that Maxwell has a career .240/.314/.347 triple-slash line in 412 plate appearances. We’re not talking about J.T. Realmuto or Buster Posey here. That being said, there have been 15 other catchers to have put up a lower aggregate OPS since 2016 (min. 400 PA). One of those players, Derek Norris (.600 OPS since 2016), signed a minor league contract with the Tigers just three months after being suspended by Major League Baseball for violating its domestic violence policy. Makes you think.