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MLBits: STL-MIL Benches Clear, Osuna Huge Suspension, Harper and Ichiro HR Derby, More

MLB News and Rumors

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:

  • I understand there are always baseball implications to consider, but there’s something that feels a little gross about going here immediately:

  • 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:

  • And then there was a benches-clearing incident after a slide at second base:

(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
  • I guess not everyone found the game thrilling, though:

  • 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:

  • You don’t usually hear a GM being so candid about trade talks on a specific player:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • A tribute to Bobby Valentine, no doubt:

  • I am hypnotized:


Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.