Quite a bit to get to from around the league …
- MLB announced a significant suspension for Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna under its domestic violence policy, which is notable not only because of its length, but also because it comes before his trial date. It’s a reminder that MLB does its own investigating of these incidents:
Commissioner Manfred announced today that @BlueJays pitcher Roberto Osuna has accepted a suspension without pay through 8/4/18 for violating the Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. The unpaid suspension is retroactive to 5/8/18 and covers 75 games. pic.twitter.com/NettIJlCjw
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) June 22, 2018
- I understand there are always baseball implications to consider, but there’s something that feels a little gross about going here immediately:
Roberto Osuna's suspension runs through Aug. 4. Some rival execs thought he would be the best available reliever before the trade deadline, and there is probably some team willing to deal for him, just as NYY dealt for Chapman before he served his suspension. (HOU, perhaps?)
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 23, 2018
- Nevertheless, as we saw with the Cubs and Aroldis Chapman, a DV-related suspension is not enough to deter teams from making a move if they believe the player is worth it (and, in their view, justice has been served). So maybe it’s only fair for Olney to bring it up, and then it’s on the rest of us to ponder how we should react thereafter. Suffice to say, I hope the Cubs do not seriously explore a trade for Osuna if the Blue Jays make him available.
- There was plenty of drama between the Cardinals and Brewers last night, with a late no-hitter watch and then a walk-off homer (by Jesus Aguilar of the Brewers, sigh). There was also Tommy Pham getting ejected from the bench in the first inning:
Well, Tommy Pham has been ejected from the game. In the middle of Marcell Ozuna's at-bat. Yep. HP ump Tim Timmons stopped play, and just tossed Pham from the game.
If Matheny got ejected early in this game, would not have been surprised. Did not expect Pham. #stlcards
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) June 23, 2018
Pham on getting tossed in the first inning: "It took me by surprise, especially coming in during the game after I got ejected and watching a player on their team do something 1,000 times worse than what I did." #STLCards pic.twitter.com/gtHLQPs27N
— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) June 23, 2018
- And then there was a benches-clearing incident after a slide at second base:
— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) June 23, 2018
- I guess not everyone found the game thrilling, though:
— Paul Adler (@PaulAdlerTV) June 23, 2018
- With the win, the Brewers climbed to 2.0 games ahead of the Cubs in the Central. Probably should have beat the Reds, eh?
- Clayton Kershaw (back) was supposed to make a rehab start today so that he could return to the team on Thursday (against the Cubs), but suddenly he’s going to make that start tonight with the big league team. Apparently he doesn’t want to do the rehab thing, and the Dodgers will trust their ace.
- A major prospect injury, though I’m not sure how much it impacts any timelines for the Reds:
Nick Senzel on Tuesday will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right index finger after suffering the injury last night. In 44 games with Triple-A Louisville, Senzel hit .310 with 12 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 25 RBI and 8 SB. #RedsMiLB
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 23, 2018
- You don’t usually hear a GM being so candid about trade talks on a specific player:
— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) June 22, 2018
- The Home Run Derby field won’t be set for some time, but we’ve already heard from many of the top candidates that they won’t be participating. So this would be fun:
tfw Bryce announces he'll do the @MLB HR Derby if he makes the NL All-Star team…
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 22, 2018
- Of course, the problem is that Harper, mired in a deep slump, is not a lock to make the All-Star team this year if he isn’t voted onto the team by the fans. Fortunately for him – and Home Run Derby lovers! – Harper is currently in second place in the outfield vote, and he’s got about a 300,000 vote cushion over 4th place. If he heats up just a little bit, then I suspect his spot will become totally secure.
- Also, you’re just wrong about this, Ichiro – it would be awesome if you were in it:
Ichiro discussing the prospect of him being in this year’s HR Derby:
-Ever respectful, said it would “harm” baseball’s great history if he participated
-Chose Mark Buehrle as his BP pitcher if he did partake
-Joked he’d have to up his lunch from 2 to 3 cheeseburgers to bulk up pic.twitter.com/ENSoPcVRmh
— Matt Kelly (@mattkellyMLB) June 20, 2018
- A tribute to Bobby Valentine, no doubt:
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) June 22, 2018
- I am hypnotized:
— Daren Willman (@darenw) June 23, 2018