Just found this article in from Baseball America. They made that policy sound nice and tough with it was revealed last summer, but in this article it sounds quite subjective:
“The domestic violence policy essentially created a board—which will include members of the commissioner’s office and the MLBPA—that will evaluate a player’s conduct and help determine punishment and treatment options, including counseling, psychological evaluations and other measures to protect a spouse or children, depending on the incident. A player who fails to comply with a plan may be subject to discipline by Manfred.
The policy allows for Manfred to place a player accused of domestic violence, sexual assault or child abuse on administrative leave—with pay—while the incident is investigated.”
Here’s the full article: Reyes Faces Discipline In Alleged Domestic Violence Case – BaseballAmerica.com
I’ll have to research this a bit more and will write more on the topic later…
This year, maybe not. It’s never easy to figure out the schedules, much less broadcast schedules, of the teams and leagues around the world that play during MLB’s off season. I’ve put together some options for November, if you have cable:
MLB.TV (Arizona Fall League):
- Friday, Nov 6, 2:30 pm – Peoria Javelinas at Surprise Saguaros
- Saturday, Nov 7, 8:00 pm – Fall Stars Game
- Wednesday, Nov 11, 9:00 pm – Peoria Javelinas at Salt River Rafters
- Saturday, Nov 14, 8:00 pm – Arizona Fall League Military Appreciation Day: Surprise Saguaros at Salt River Rafters
- Saturday, Nov 21, 3:00 pm – Arizona Fall League Championship Game
ESPN 3 (Mexican Pacific Baseball League – additional games will air in December):
- Friday, 11/6, 7:30 pm – Venados de Mazatlan at Tomateros de Culiacan
- Sunday, 11/8, 6:00 pm – Venados de Mazatlan at Tomateros de Culiacan
- Thursday, 11/12, 7:00 pm – Naranjeros de Hermosillo at Charros de Jalisco
- Sunday, 11/15, 5:00 pm – Charros de Jalisco at Tomateros de Culiacan
- Tuesday, 11/15, 7:30 pm – Yaquis de Cd. Obregon at Venados de Mazatlan
- Friday, 11/20, 7:30 pm – Cañeros de los Mochis at Yaquis de Cd. Obregon
- Sunday, 11/22, 5:00 pm – Cañeros de los Mochis at Yaquis de Cd. Obregon
- Tuesday, 11/24, 8 pm – Cañeros de los Mochis at Venados de Mazatlan
- Thursday, 11/26, 7:30 pm – Tomateros de Culiacan at Mayos de Navojoa
- Sunday, 11/29, 3:00 pm – Venados de Mazatlan at Aguilas de Mexicali
It looks like the Australian Baseball League broadcasts all their games for free on YouTube. In addition, the Liga de Beisbol Profesional Robert Clemente (aka the Puerto Rican League) shares radio broadcasts of its games over the Internet using MIXlr.
A federal judge granted class certification to the lawsuit filed by former minor league ballplayers challenging the pay structure of the minor leagues. … Source: Minor Leaguers Can Expand Lawsuit Against MLB – BaseballAmerica.com
In keeping with this week’s theme of Brothers in Baseball, here’s a video of the Baseball Project performing “Larry Yount.”
Yesterday I posed the question, if your brother signs with an MLB team, can he get you a job too? In that post I covered Zach and Buck Britton, Jonathan and Sharlon Schoop, and Caleb and Corban Joseph – all brother teams that have a connection to the Baltimore Orioles. Curiously, the younger brother is in the big leagues, while the older brother still toils in the minors.
This is also the case with the Washington Nationals’ Bryan and Bryce Harper. Bryan Harper was drafted in the 31st round of the 2008 draft by the Washington Nationals, and in the 27th round of the 2010 draft by the Cubs. He was drafted again by the Nationals in the 30th round of the 2011 draft, one year after his little brother Bryce was the first pick of the first round of the 2010 draft. Bryce started his career in the Arizona Fall League in 2010 and made his major league debut on April 28, 2012. Bryan spent 2012 in the New York-Penn League. He finished the 2015 season with the Nationals AAA team, the Syracuse Chiefs.
Of course, some baseball brothers have followed more parallel paths. Take, for example, Dylan and Bobby Bundy, both of whom are in the Orioles organization. The older of the two, Bobby, was drafted by the Orioles in 2008, and the younger, Dylan, was drafted in 2011. Dylan made it to the majors first – after beginning his minor league career in 2012 and was called up to Baltimore from Bowie at the end of the 2012 season. Dylan, who had been in the Orioles farm system since 2008, had been promoted to Bowie in 2011 and remained there in 2012.
Prior to the start of the 2013 season, however, Dylan experienced elbow pain and ended up undergoing Tommy John surgery in June of that year. Three months later, Bobby would have the same surgery. The pair spent 2014 rehabbing and both began the 2015 season in Bowie. However, in May the Orioles announced that Bobby needed knee surgery and would miss the rest of the season. Then in June, the Orioles shut down Dylan “indefinitely” due to a shoulder injury. Hopefully we will see these two brother again.
Of course, one of the most famous brother duos – at least in the Maryland-DC area – was Cal and Billy Ripken. In this case, it was the older of the two that would make history. Cal Ripken was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1978 draft and made his MLB debut on August 10, 1981. Younger brother Billy was chosen by the Orioles in the 11th round of the 1982 draft. Cal played through the 2001 season – the entire time for the Baltimore Orioles. Among other honors, Cal was a 19-time All Star, was AL MVP twice, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. Billy played in the majors from July 1987 through July 1998. After the 1992 season, Billy was signed by the Texas Rangers. He finished his career with the Detroit Tigers in 1998. But he’s still Maryland’s favorite little brother.
Have you hugged your brother today?
If your brother signs with an MLB team, can he get you a job too? I began to wonder if there was a “Brother Plan” in Major League Baseball when there seemed to be a lot of familiar names on the Bowie Baysox roster: Schoop, Britton, and, most recently, Joseph. And then there’s the Harper Brothers over with the Washington Nationals. What’s more interesting is that, of these brother pairs, the older one: (a) is still in the minors, and (b) has had a longer playing career there. Could there be some kind of deal where a player says, “sure, I’d love to sign with your team. But can you take my brother, too?”
One of my favorite sets of teammate brothers was Zach and Buck Britton. Zach is now the closer with the Baltimore Orioles, but I remember watching him pitch for the Bowie Baysox (the O’s AA team) in 2010 and 2011. Zach was signed by the Orioles in the 3rd round of the 2006 draft. He was in the minors from 2006 to 2011, and made his MLB debut on April 3, 2011. His brother Buck is a year and a half older. He was drafted out of college two years after Zach – in the 35th round of the 2008 draft. Buck became a fixture at the Bowie Baysox, playing third base from 2011 to 2014. After the 2014 season, Buck signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers, and spent the 2015 season with the Oklahoma City Dodgers. We still miss him in Bowie.
Jonathan Schoop, the reigning 2nd baseman for the Baltimore Orioles, signed with the team in 2008 and made his MLB debut in 2013. His brother Sharlon is four years older. Although he signed with the Giants in 2004, they never called up to the big leagues. The Orioles signed Sharlon to a minor league contract in 2013. We watched him play in Bowie in 2014; he spent most of 2015 with the Norfolk Tides, the Orioles AAA team.
Then there’s the Joseph brothers. Younger brother Caleb is currently with the Baltimore Orioles. He spent 2008 through 2014 in the minor leagues, including all of 2010, and parts of 2011-2013 in AA Bowie. There he set franchise records for most games played (428), RBIs (237), and hits (416). Until this summer, I had no idea his older brother Corban (two years his senior) was also a professional baseball player. Corban Joseph was originally signed by the New York Yankees, and played 2 games at the MLB level in 2013. The Baltimore Orioles signed him as a free agent on June 15, 2015. He finished the 2015 season with the Bowie Baysox.
Of course, there are more brother duos in the majors and minors. I’ll discuss a few more tomorrow.
To be continued …
The Pope is coming to the United States today, and it’s a pretty big deal – even for baseball. Last week, the Philadelphia Phillies gave away “Pope Rookie Cards,” featuring the pontiff and providing his stats.
Last year around this time, Pope Francis made baseball headlines with his attempt at catching a ball tossed to him in St. Peter’s Square. As the New York Daily News reported, “The ball bounced from his extended right hand and fell to the ground – along with his skullcap. If you’re scoring at home, that’s no error on the Pope. He’s infallible.”
Happy Pope Week!
On Saturday night, my hometown team – the Bowie Baysox – won the Eastern League Championship!!!!! I’ve been following the Baysox ever since I moved to Bowie (and, in fact, moved to Bowie precisely because it was home to a minor league baseball team), so I made sure to attend all three games of the championship series last week. Experiencing the final game of the series and seeing the Baysox win was like attending the World Series.
Congratulations, again, my beloved Baysox!
And for those of you who couldn’t attend the game, here’s a video from the Baysox:
As the minor league season winds down, it’s time to update you on the latest in minor league theme jerseys. A few weeks ago, milb.com held it’s first-ever “Jersey Joust” competition. Folks could go online and vote for their favorite jersey. Pictures of all 124 jerseys in the contest are on the website.
And the winner was… the Potomac Nationals Lando Clarissian jersey! According to the P-Nats’ general manager, Josh Olerud (as quoted on milb.com): “‘When our players got it, some of them are so young that they didn’t even know who the character or actor was. Once they did a little research, they thought it was the coolest thing ever.'”
I agree the Lando jerseys are pretty cool. But last night, another team wore even cooler jerseys: the Aberdeen Ironbirds donned Cal Ripken 2131 jerseys in honor of the 20th anniversary of Cal’s iron man streak. Of course, it was only fitting since the team is owned by Cal, they are located in Cal’s home town, and they play in Ripken Stadium.
Sorry, Billy Dee Williams, but Cal is way cooler!
Here’s some more local news coverage related to my previous post: