Pirates Closer Felipe Vazquez Arrested

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Pirates Closer Felipe Vazquez Arrested

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This is all just awful all around, and I hate that it winds up having baseball implications that we have to discuss.

First, the news:

Awful. We’ll let the criminal system play out. Hopefully the victim is getting appropriate support now.

As for those baseball implications, again, unfortunately, they do bear discussion. Vazquez is one of the best, most impactful relievers in baseball, and now he will presumably be unavailable the rest of the season for the Pirates (and might be gone for good). That means the Cubs’ remaining three-game series against the Pirates – and the Brewers’ remaining three-game series against the Pirates – could be impacted by this news. The Cardinals, by contrast, do not play the Pirates again this year.

Vazquez, 28, was also involved, either directly or indirectly, in quite a bit of the bizarre internal drama in the Pirates’ clubhouse this year, including one fight that led to a teammate having surgery on his hand.



Author: Brett Taylor

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