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PostPosted: Mon 2/8/16 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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an update sometime in the last month that Chapman was not going to be charged.


You're right...it's another thing I'm behind on--posting a follow-up to the story--due to my crazy first few weeks of the year!

Of course, that was announced after the Yankees signed him. Rolling Eyes

More information is included in this article from MLB.com.

The linked article does note that MLB is still investigating the incident, and that Chapman could still face discipline for violation of MLB's DV policy.
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PostPosted: Sun 3/20/16 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, revisiting the last few posts in this thread, we know that Aroldis Chapman has been disciplined by MLB for his role in the incident.

Thankfully, there's been no sufficient evidence found to charge Yasiel, and so we can close the book on that chapter. I'm hoping he continues to improve in other ways thanks to the positive effect some influences have been trying to make on him.
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PostPosted: Mon 3/21/16 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am sure that will be a relief for you.
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PostPosted: Sat 3/26/16 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now, here's one you don't hear about every day...security guards, not players, being charged with crime. Never a dull moment, it seems! But seriously, how stupid do you have to be as a guard, to get caught doing this? SMH.


From the L.A. Times:

"Dodger Stadium Guards Accused of Stealing Memorabilia from its Equipment Room"

by Matt Hamilton

In the world of professional baseball memorabilia, pedigree matters. A bat held by Yasiel Puig will always eclipse the value of one that merely carries his name.

So the interest of a top lawyer for the Los Angeles Dodgers was piqued when, while browsing EBay, he spotted the type of memorabilia that fans and collectors covet but usually can't find in the Dodgers' store: actual equipment, such as bats and jerseys, that players used in games, according to an affidavit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

One ad listed official game-issue bats for center fielder Joc Pederson, according to court papers. Another ad showed a 2011 game jersey belonging to former manager Don Mattingly.

The equipment came from the same EBay username, so the team's lawyer, Chad Gunderson, sent an email inquiring about the items' authenticity.

Under the moniker "Swinghard33," the seller replied with a boast about the Mattingly gear: "This jersey was pulled off the rack from Dodgers Stadium last week," he wrote, declining to provide more details, according to the affidavit.

When the lawyer asked if the Pederson bats had identification stickers, verifying their authenticity, the seller said the stickers were in the box but never attached by team staff, according to court papers.

"My contact works at the stadium," the seller said, according to the affidavit. "They were intercepted before making it down to the clubhouse."

Thus began an internal investigation by the Dodgers into possible theft within the walls of Dodger Stadium, by the team's own employees. The Los Angeles Police Department was later alerted to the case, and it reached a climax last month.

The homes of two longtime security guards, Juan Prada and Fernando Sierra, were raided, along with their lockers at the stadium. The alleged EBay seller, Jesse Dagnesses, also had his home raided.

All three were arrested on suspicion of burglary and later charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, according to court records. At an arraignment on March 3, all three pleaded not guilty.

A Dodgers spokesman declined to comment.

To nab the thieves, Dodgers staff installed secret cameras. Shortly before 11:30 p.m. on December 4, a man in dark clothes, a mask and a headlamp entered the equipment room and left 25 minutes later with a full bag. Police identified him as Sierra.

More than two weeks later, police say, another camera captured Prada attempting to remove one of the cameras near the equipment room. Police collected more video evidence from various nights in December.

Records obtained by investigators confirmed that Dagnesses held the EBay account that had allegedly sold dozens of Major League baseballs, players' jerseys and players' used hats since late 2013.

Attorney Jacob Glucksman, who represents Dagnesses, said his client "strongly denies any criminal involvement with the case."

"Any evidence that he knew or did any act in furtherance of this conspiracy is extremely weak and based on inferences made by investigators," Glucksman said.

Police recovered baseball bats and gloves. In Prada's car, they found a handgun. In Sierra's Honda, they found a headlamp.

Some of the gear recovered by investigators was returned to the Dodgers' equipment manager, with the approval of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor: two of Corey Seager's jerseys, bearing the No. 5; two bats belonging to Clayton Kershaw; and 17 dozen official baseballs made by equipment manufacturer Rawlings.

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PostPosted: Mon 3/28/16 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gosh, that is pretty ballsy! I guess they need to do better than that at hiring guards!
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PostPosted: Fri 4/1/16 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charges against Jose Reyes have been dropped.
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PostPosted: Thu 4/14/16 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, what do you know? The Dodgers may have dodged another one!

Braves infielder Hector Olivera has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a woman at the team's hotel on Wednesday.
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PostPosted: Thu 9/1/16 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's always a good thing when this thread hasn't been updated for awhile. Smile

Rangers pitcher Jeremy Jeffress was arrested for DUI.
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PostPosted: Wed 3/22/17 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure I should have updated this during the off-season, but never did, about Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang's arrest on DUI charges in South Korea, which took place in December following a one-car accident.

I'm posting it now because Kang is still dealing with legal issues resulting from this incident.
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PostPosted: Fri 5/26/17 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just for the record...I got behind again on posting.

From the L.A. Times (May 13):

"Former Angels Player Doug DeCinces Found Guilty of Insider Trading"

by Hannah Fry

Former Angels third baseman Doug DeCinces, a Laguna Beach resident, was convicted Friday of insider trading stemming from allegations that he received stock tips from a neighbor that garnered him about $1.3 million in profits.

DeCinces was indicted in 2012 on 13 counts of insider trading after prosecutors alleged he benefited from inside information from his neighbor James Mazzo, who was chief executive of Advanced Medical Optics Inc., a Santa Ana-based medical supply company.

Friday’s jury verdict, which convicted DeCinces on all counts, ended a nearly two-month trial in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana that centered on stock trades made before Advanced Medical Optics was bought by Abbott Laboratories in 2008. At the time, Advanced Medical Optics was struggling with mounting debt and revenue losses.

Prosecutors alleged that Mazzo tipped off DeCinces about the companies’ merger before it happened. DeCinces bought additional stock in Advanced Medical Optics and tipped off his friend David Parker, along with family members and his physical therapist, authorities said. Parker, of Utah, bought 25,000 shares of Advanced Medical Optics stock, according to court filings.

In 2009, Abbott purchased the company for about four times the price its stock was trading for. After the merger was made public, Advanced Medical Optics’ stock price increased by 143%, court filings state.

Prosecutors said DeCinces sold all of his shares in the company, netting him about $1.3 million. Parker also sold his shares, earning $346,920, according to court documents.

The jury on Friday convicted Parker of three counts of insider trading.

A sentencing hearing for DeCinces and Parker has not been scheduled.

Jurors were unable to agree on whether Mazzo provided DeCinces and Parker with information related to the merger. Jurors deadlocked 8-4 in favor of conviction, prompting District Judge Andrew Guilford to declare a mistrial in Mazzo’s case.

DeCinces’ attorney Kenneth Julian called the verdict against his client “disappointing” but said he plans to file a motion for a new trial.

“I believe we have several strong grounds for such a motion,” he said, though he did not elaborate.

In August 2011, DeCinces agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle allegations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that he made huge profits after the merger was announced. In the settlement, DeCinces did not admit to or deny the allegations, according to the SEC.

DeCinces played major league baseball from 1973 to 1987 with the Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals and Angels. He was a member of the Angels from 1982 to 1987.

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PostPosted: Fri 12/29/17 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Going back a couple of months, well, this ain't gonna look good, but "A"s catcher Bruce Maxwell has been arrested for pointing a gun at a food delivery person at his home in Scottsdale. (No word on whether he was standing or kneeling at the time.) Maxwell was booked on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct, according to reports by The Associated Press. No further comments are necessary on this bizarre story until we learn more information.

Now, back to the news of the moment:

Miguel Sano is being investigated for sexual assault, which he denies.
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PostPosted: Sat 12/30/17 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw that too. I guess it was a good thing this thread did not have to be updated for awhile!
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PostPosted: Thu 1/25/18 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe he needs lessons from Yasiel on how to slow down! Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas was arrested last week for reckless driving and speeding. Article from mlb.com
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PostPosted: Wed 2/14/18 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now just in time for training camp, we have Jose Torres, a lefty who would be fighting for a spot in my Padres' bullpen, on the restricted list! Why? He is facing DV charges. U-T article here
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PostPosted: Fri 2/16/18 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also happening this week--former Dodger (among other teams), and Mar Vista High alum Esteban Loiaza has been charged with cocaine possession and trafficking. Truthfully, I had not given him a thought in several years. Not one of those "what are they doing now" stories you want to hear. Sad
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PostPosted: Sun 4/1/18 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Albert Belle...???

The former player, age 51, was arrested for DUI and indecent exposure in Scottsdale on March 25--at a spring training game! Exclamation

I'm not sure I want to know more details! Surprised
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PostPosted: Mon 5/7/18 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not the one I wanted to see involved in this--and yes, I'm posting about this retroactively. (Actually, to set things straight, I don't want to hear about any DV incident--the fewer, the better!--but Steven Wright being one of my Socal rotisserie guys, and someone I respected, this report is very disappointing.)

The Red Sox pitcher was suspended by MLB on domestic violence charges as spring training ended (yes, sometimes the word gets around to me slowly--even with the Internet!).

Even worse, the arrest in question took place in the dead of the offseason--on December 8, following an argument between Wright and his wife Shannon. Now here's where it gets interesting--he claims there was no physical contact.

But, he agreed not to appeal Major League Baseball's decision to suspend. Was there perhaps another inanimate object involved?

What gives???

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PostPosted: Thu 5/24/18 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about Lenny Dykstra? Wow that guy is flipping nuts. Not like we did not already know it.

Associated Press story:

LINDEN, N.J. Former baseball star Lenny Dykstra put a gun to the head of an Uber driver when the driver declined to change the trip's destination, police said the driver told them Wednesday. Dykstra was arrested early Wednesday outside Linden police headquarters after the driver stopped and ran out of the car. Police said they found cocaine, MDMA and marijuana among Dykstra's belongings, but didn't find a weapon.

The 55-year-old former All-Star is charged with making terroristic threats and drug offenses. He's been given a summons, was released and is due in court next month. It wasn't immediately known if Dykstra has a lawyer.

Dykstra took to Twitter to respond to the allegations by, among other things, citing lyrics from Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Kelly Clarkson. "But I keep cruising, can't stop, won't stop moving. It's like I got this music in my mind, sayin' gonna be alright," Dykstra tweeted, referencing the Swift hit "Shake It Off."

When one Twitter user suggested the encounter was the Uber driver's fault "for not respecting a legend," Dykstra responded, "I'm not sure yet that that's the defense with which we are going to go."

Dykstra played 12 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets and won a World Series in 1986 with the Mets. He was named to the National League All-Star team three times.

Dykstra's life after baseball has been troubled. He has served prison time after pleading guilty to crimes including bankruptcy fraud, grand theft auto and money laundering, and he declared bankruptcy in 2009, claiming he owed more than $31 million and had only $50,000 in assets.
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PostPosted: Sat 8/4/18 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With the Astros' visit to Dodger Stadium this weekend following shortly on the heels of their acquisition of reliever Robert Osuna, here's some perspective from Bill Plaschke's column in the L.A. Times.

"Astros' Silent Approach to Roberto Osuna's Domestic Violence Case Shows Hypocrisy in Reigning World Series Champions"

By BILL PLASCHKE
AUG 03, 2018 | 10:40 PM


Roberto Osuna will not arrive at the Dodger Stadium visiting clubhouse until Sunday.

But, in the furrowed looks of the normally joyful Houston Astros, he’s already here.

“I’m sorry, we just can’t say anything, because we really don’t know anything,” said Brad Peacock.

Osuna will not show up until he’s completed his 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, a penalty levied after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.

But in the silence of the usually talkative Astros, he already fills the room.

“Nope, sorry, I don’t really want to go there,” said George Springer.

When the Astros and Dodgers met for the first time Friday since last season’s monumental World Series, the Dodgers took the lead even before the first pitch.

The Astros traded for Osuna, while the Dodgers wouldn’t touch him.

The Astros acquired the toxic reliever from the Toronto Blue Jays this week while the Dodgers, in far more desperate need of relievers, wouldn’t go near him.

Mere months after members of the Astros organization were awarded championship rings, they have seemingly lost their moral compass. The Dodgers' bling isn’t as big, but their judgment is far richer.

“I understand wanting to give someone a second chance, but for domestic violence?” said Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen. “We’ve never experienced that here, and we hope that never, ever happens here.”

Many Astros players are seemingly in agreement with Jansen, but their management obviously is not.

The positives on Osuna? He’s 23, he throws 95 mph, and he was the youngest player to ever reach 100 saves.

The negative? On May 8 in Toronto, he was arrested and charged with assaulting his girlfriend. Although no details were made public, baseball apparently had enough evidence that Osuna was given the second-longest suspension since baseball instituted its domestic-violence policy three years ago. The allegations are pending in court, but Osuna did not appeal the suspension.

As last week’s trading deadline approached, it was clear he would never pitch in Toronto again, and the Blue Jays were just hoping to dump him somewhere.

The Astros were the stunning recipients even though the team was already ranked second in the American League in bullpen ERA and the organization had previously declared a no-tolerance policy in domestic violence cases. In fact, in the spring, the Astros released minor leaguer Danry Vasquez after a viral video surfaced showing him beating his now ex-girlfriend.

At the time of that release, two notable Astros leaders tweeted out their condemnation of the player and the act.

“[Bleep] you, man,” tweeted Justin Verlander. “I hope the rest of your life without baseball is horrible. You deserve all that is coming your way.”

Also tweeting was Lance McCullers Jr., who wrote, “This is the reality of domestic violence. It’s always brutal, always sickening. We must fight for the victims. He should be in jail.”

And now an alleged batterer is in their clubhouse?

“Obviously I’ve said some pretty inflammatory stuff about things like this in the past,” Verlander told reporters after the trade. “I stand by those words.”

Jeff Luhnow, Astros General Manager, defended the move in a statement that included the sentence, “We’re confident that Osuna is remorseful, has willfully complied with all consequences related this past behavior, has proactively engaged in counseling, and will fully comply with our zero-tolerance policy related to abuse of any kind.”

Those stunning words constituted a joke that went from bad to worse. First, did he really cite a no-tolerance policy at the same time he was welcoming an offender of that policy? Then, his “remorseful” comments were actually denied by Osuna’s lawyer this week.

“My client is not remorseful of being guilty of any criminal activity,” said attorney Domenic Basile. “He’s obviously remorseful of the circumstances.”

Even though the case has yet to be adjudicated, it is clear that something happened with Osuna and his girlfriend, something bad enough that he was willing to sit out nearly half of a baseball season without pay because of it.

Whatever happened, it was enough for baseball to punish him and, just as important, it was enough for the Dodgers to ignore him.

This is a Dodgers organization that was criticized in this space this week for not acquiring the power back-end reliever that it will need to survive the postseason. During a month when 20 relievers changed teams, the Dodgers scoured the league and came up with only John Axford.

But they didn’t look under certain rocks. When asked if they had any issues with Osuna after backing off from domestic-violence offender Aroldis Chapman three winters ago, General Manager Farhan Zaidi said, “You can draw your own conclusions.”

In a mandate passed down from owner Mark Walter to team President Stan Kasten to baseball President Andrew Friedman and Zaidi, that conclusion is clear.

The Dodgers are not going to employ a player who is linked to a domestic violence incident.

You do remember the case of Chapman, right? It was December 2015, and while the Dodgers were in the middle of acquiring him in a trade from the Cincinnati Reds, he was in the middle of a domestic violence incident that would later result in a 30-game suspension.

The Dodgers backed out of the trade and Zaidi later acknowledged, “We did come to an agreement in principle, but as details came to light, we just weren’t comfortable making the move.”

By the end of the 2016 season, Chapman was helping lead the Chicago Cubs to a World Series championship. But the Dodgers did the right thing, just as they did the right thing this summer in also not trading for the New York Mets’ reliever Jeurys Familia, who was suspended for 15 games.

Meanwhile, the Astros blew it by dropping a ticking distraction into their tight clubhouse, one that could easily tear them apart on the field. Not to mention, the same team that brought the community together in the wake of last summer’s Hurricane Harvey is now surely ignoring the sensibilities of large portions of that group.

“The extra media attention, the questions, the curiosity, the fan reaction, all of that is going to be part of the process ... to deal with this,” said manager A.J. Hinch.

It could all start Sunday at Dodger Stadium, when Osuna could take the mound for the first time since his domestic violence arrest.

Booing him would be like cheering for the Dodgers.
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PostPosted: Sun 8/5/18 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To me, it is good to read about so many men taking a stand against violent acts committed on women. They are probably going to need a team meeting to iron things out there. Especially since there are mixed messages about whether he is sorry or not.
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PostPosted: Tue 8/14/18 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A follow up to an earlier story, former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza pled guilty to cocaine possession - UT article linked here
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PostPosted: Wed 1/16/19 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This must be the most horrible news I have ever read or posted in this thread. Retired major league pitcher John Wetteland has been arrested on a charge of child sex abuse. Link from USA Today
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PostPosted: Wed 1/16/19 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surprised OMG--believe it or not, I went all day without knowing that.

Hard to believe they wouldn't have a compelling case without making an arrest.
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My heart sinks when I hear things like this.
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