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Dodger Stadium security made a woman leave because of a drawing of a uterus on her shirt

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KCAL in Los Angeles reports that a Dodgers fan was asked to leave the Dodgers-Padres game last Friday because she had a drawing of a uterus on her shirt.

The shirt, which you can see in the linked article, had a medical diagram-style illustration of a woman’s reproductive system and the words “No Country for Old Men” written on it. The woman wearing it — a 34-year-old law student named Haley Pollock — was told it was “indecent.”

“My reaction was, ‘What could possibly be offensive about a uterus?’” says Pollock, a 34-year-old law student and women’s rights activist. “There’s nothing offensive about my shirt. My shirt is an image, a line drawing of a uterus.”

Meanwhile, people wearing shirts that said “She wants the D” — an obvious double entendre, with “D” being the script D in the Dodgers logo — were not asked to cover up their shirts or leave. Weird, eh?

The Dodgers’ statement:

“There is no dress code but under our Fan Code of Conduct, we have several provisions about indecent clothing. We’re not going to comment on this specific incident, but we are in contact with Ms. Pollock and are reviewing it internally.”

It’s unclear from the article if a fan complained about it or if Dodgers security took it upon themselves to police this woman’s shirt. It is also unclear whether the animus against the shirt is based on its political message — obviously a pro-choice sentiment — or if it’s one of those situations where our culture’s often infantile approach to reproduction and women’s bodies made people believe there was something sexually prurient about a sketch of a uterus. Not that there’s a stark difference there, inasmuch as said infantile views of women’s bodies informs a lot of people’s political feelings, but I suppose that’s a topic for another website.

Either way: this is a horrible look for the Dodgers. Who, I do not suspect, will go after the “she wants the D” shirts or, for that matter, shirts that have, say, skeletons or, perhaps, digestive systems on them.

Astros owner Crane expects to hire new manager by Feb. 3

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HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros owner Jim Crane expects to hire a new manager by Feb. 3.

The Astros need a new manager and general manager after AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow were fired Monday, hours after both were suspended by Major League Baseball for a year for the team’s sign-stealing scandal.

Crane said Friday that he’s interviewed a number of candidates this week and has some more to talk to in the coming days.

Crane refused to answer directly when asked if former Astros player and Hall of Famer Craig Biggio was a possibility for the job. But he did say that he had spoken to Biggio, fellow Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell and former Astros star Lance Berkman in the days since the firings.

“We’ve talked to all of our Killer B’s,” Crane said referring to the nickname the three shared while playing for the Astros. “They’ve contacted me and they’ve all expressed that they would like to help. Berkman, Bagwell, Biggio have all called and said: ‘hey, if there’s anything I can do, I’m here for you.’”

“So we’ll continue to visit with those guys and see if there’s something there.”

Crane says his list is still rather extensive and that he hopes to have it narrowed down by the end of next week. He added that he expects most of Hinch’s staff to stay in place regardless of who is hired.

Crane has enlisted the help of three or four employees to help him with the interview process, including some in Houston’s baseball operations department.

“We compare notes,” he said. “I’ve learned a long time ago that you learn a lot if four or five people talk to a key candidate and you get a lot more information. So that’s what we’re doing.”

Crane’ top priority is finding a manager with spring training less than a month away, but he said he would start focusing on the search for a general manager after he hires a manager. He expects to hire a GM before the end of spring training.

“We should have another good season with the team pretty much intact … so I don’t know why a manager wouldn’t want to come in and manage these guys,” he said. “They’re set to win again.”

The penalties announced by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday came after he found illicit use of electronics to steal signs in Houston’s run to the 2017 World Series championship and again in the 2018 season. The Astros were also fined $5 million, which is the maximum allowed under the Major League Constitution, and must forfeit their next two first- and second-round amateur draft picks.

The investigation found that the Astros used the video feed from a center field camera to see and decode the opposing catcher’s signs. Players banged on a trash can to signal to batters what was coming, believing it would improve the batter’s odds of getting a hit.

With much still in flux, Crane was asked what qualities are most important to him in his next manager.

“Someone mature that can handle the group,” he said. “Someone that’s had a little bit of experience in some areas. We’ve just got to find a leader that can handle some pressure and there’s going to be a little bit of pressure from where this team has been in the last few months.”

Despite his comment about experience, Crane said having been a major league manager before is not mandatory to him.

“We made some mistakes,” he said. “We made a decision to let that get behind us. We think the future is bright. We’ll make the adjustments … people think we’re in crisis. I certainly don’t believe that.”