Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Domestic Violence Newsbeat

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Donaldson has seen dark side of domestic violence | Toronto Star | thestar.com

His early years were drenched in violence that no little one should ever have to witness.
“I’m not going to get too colourful with it. But it wasn’t pretty. The best way I can describe it is I can still remember things from when I was from three to five years old that are very vivid in my mind to this day. And it’s not something I would want anybody else to go through.


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman may face spring training ban - NY Daily News

A second source said that while a spring training ban is hardly a certainty, nothing could be ruled out since the new agreement leaves MLB and its players “in new territory” when it comes to discipline in domestic violence cases.

Assuming Chapman is disciplined by Manfred - as most in the game believe he will be - the possibilities include a ban from major-league camp, a ban from all team facilities including minor-league camp, or simply a suspension from regular-season games which would allow Chapman to remain with the team between now and Opening Day.

Chapman said Thursday he plans to appeal any suspension.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, domestic violence, yankees

Friday, February 19, 2016

Rob Manfred is in a no-win position with MLB’s domestic-violence penalties | FOX Sports

Domestic violence incidences are often hard to prove or even sort out. Although people’s hearts are in the right place, trying to fit some cookie cutter system which doesn’t take into account the victim’s own wishes (or sometimes her veracity) is an endeavor fraught with peril.

Chapman presumably will appeal because police did not charge him with a crime after he allegedly choked his girlfriend and fired eight gunshots in his garage. Well, the policy explicitly states that Commissioner Rob Manfred’s “authority to discipline is not dependent on whether the player is convicted or pleads guilty to a crime.” And again, this is a joint policy. While the union can appeal any penalty it deems excessive, it agreed to the terms.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2016 at 03:21 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner's office, domestic violence

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

AP: M.L.B. Considering Raising Bottom of Strike Zone

Major League Baseball is studying whether to raise the bottom of the strike zone from the hollow beneath the kneecap back to the top of the kneecap.

“I’m not in a position to predict whether it’s going to happen or not,” Rob Manfred said during an interview with The Associated Press on Monday on his first anniversary as baseball commissioner. “I think that the interest in the topic is really driven by the fact that if you look over time there has been a movement down of the strike zone, largely as a result of the way we evaluate the strike zone with umpires.” Strike zone data was included in a presentation given to owners last week at their meeting in Coral Gables, Florida. An agreement with the players’ association would be necessary to make a change for this year, and baseball officials said the matter is likely to be discussed during collective bargaining, which would delay any change until 2017. The strike zone extended to the top of the kneecap through the 1995 season, then was dropped to its current level. [...]

Manfred said that when he spoke last week of a possible expansion of the designated hitter to the National League, he should have included an emphasis that change is not likely.  “I think the status quo on the DH has served the industry the well,” he said. “I think it serves an important purpose in terms of defining the difference between the American League and the National League, and that league definition is important to us from a competitive perspective.”


Friday, January 15, 2016

Jose Reyes to stand trial for domestic violence charge - NY Daily News

But will he get special treatment?

Even if the Dominican-born Reyes reaches a plea deal, however, there are potential serious ramifications to Reyes’ career if he is not a U.S. citizen. According to Michael Wildes, a former federal prosecutor and a managing partner at Wildes & Weinberg, convictions for domestic violence can lead to deportation.

“Domestic violence can see an individual get deported if he or she is not a U.S. citizen,” said Wildes. “Once punished, the government has the authority to remove an individual for a crime involving moral turpitude and aggravated felony. It can be a very fast track for immigration officials to issue a removal proceeding. The only way to prevent removal is to be exonerated or have the charges dismissed, or if the government believes it’s a “he said, she said” matter. I would hope Mr. Reyes has a good immigration lawyer.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic violence, jose reyes, rockies

Monday, December 21, 2015

Ten most notable MLB storylines to watch in 2016

This never would have happened if baseball had a salary cap.

The current deal between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association expires in 347 days, and there are plenty of issues that must be resolved by the time the current deal runs out next Dec. 1, including the length of the schedule, draft-pick compensation and qualifying offers, and roster size.

The players are making more than ever and so are the owners, apparently, so for now, there is little indication that a work stoppage might be on the horizon. But there is one situation worth watching in particular: The growing discontent of small-market owners over what they perceive to be increasing disparity between themselves and the big-market teams.

This clash has the potential to be cancerous, as history shows. It was the fight between big-market and small-market teams that effectively led to the devastating players’ strike of 1994-1995, and some increased revenue-sharing that followed in subsequent collective bargaining agreements.

Small-market teams are certainly capable of profiting very well under the current system, by drawing revenue from baseball’s central revenue stream as well as handouts from the most well-to-do teams and maintaining a modest budgets. The Marlins are the best example of this.

But for some owners, the frustration over the perceived disparity seems to be shifting from an issue of money to a question of on-field competitiveness. Some leaders of small-market teams feel that not only should they have a chance to contend against teams like the Dodgers, Yankees and Red Sox, but that for the sake of the larger business of baseball, it’s better that they have a legitimate shot—and that their ability to compete is waning because of the cost of retaining stars like David Price.


Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Nightengale: Aroldis Chapman now a toxic asset to many MLB clubs

The real victims in all of this are high-level baseball executives.

“I know we can’t touch him,” a high-ranking National League executive said. “Our owner would never go for that. And I’m getting the sense from other teams that they feel the same way.

“Yeah, we know talent can cover up some character flaws, but domestic violence is such a hot topic now.”

It was just a year ago that the Reds traded Alfredo Simon to the Detroit Tigers, and few even blinked that he was the same guy who was cleared of involuntary manslaughter charges in a 2010 New Year’s Eve killing and was accused of rape two years ago - eventually settling a civil suit with his accuser.

Yet these days, perhaps with the NFL paving the way with Ray Rice and other cases, domestic violence has become one of the greatest sins in the game.

You can’t even talk about it in anything less than a stern way without causing a firestorm.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 09, 2015 at 12:27 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, domestic violence

Monday, December 07, 2015

Police report: Aroldis Chapman fired gunshots, ‘choked’ girlfriend in domestic incident

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman allegedly fired eight gunshots in the garage of his Miami-area home following an October argument with his girlfriend in which she told police he “choked” her and pushed her against a wall, according to police reports obtained by Yahoo Sports.

No arrests were made after the incident, in which more than a dozen police officers were dispatched to Chapman’s home in Davie, Fla., around 11 p.m. on Oct. 30. Chapman’s girlfriend exited the house and hid in bushes following the argument that stemmed from something she found on Chapman’s cellphone, according to the police report….

The Reds have attempted to trade Chapman in recent weeks and were believed to have completed a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday until word of the incident held up the deal, sources told Yahoo Sports. Through a spokesman, Major League Baseball confirmed to Yahoo Sports that it would investigate the incident.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2015 at 10:04 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, dodgers, domestic violence, police blotter, reds

 

 

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Dingbat_Charlie
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogTed Cruz the latest victim of politicians trying to talk sports | NBC SportsWorld
(116 - 11:18pm, Apr 29)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogMiami Herald: MLB has suspended Dee Gordon for 80 games after he tested positive for PEDs
(45 - 11:18pm, Apr 29)
Last: I'm not Black I'm Orange Julius

Newsblog4-29-16 OMNICHATTER
(195 - 11:17pm, Apr 29)
Last: Bote Man makes baseball fun again

NewsblogOT: NBA Playoffs Thread 2016
(947 - 11:00pm, Apr 29)
Last: Squash

NewsblogOTP 2016 April 25: Forget politics, baseball season in full gear
(1539 - 10:57pm, Apr 29)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

Newsblog2016 New York City Softball Game
(99 - 10:53pm, Apr 29)
Last: reech

NewsblogOT: Soccer March/April 2016
(702 - 10:10pm, Apr 29)
Last: Baldrick

NewsblogPerry: Quintana is Emerging as Second White Sox Ace
(21 - 9:47pm, Apr 29)
Last: Walt Davis

Sox TherapyGuys Who Are Not Major Leaguers
(41 - 7:27pm, Apr 29)
Last: covelli chris p

NewsblogRough start for MN Twins' John Ryan Murphy
(2 - 5:23pm, Apr 29)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogLet's just put the coronation of the Cubs on hold a minute | FOX Sports
(39 - 5:22pm, Apr 29)
Last: The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott)

NewsblogPipeline Inbox: 2016 MLB Draft questions | MLB.com
(1 - 5:13pm, Apr 29)
Last: Shibal

NewsblogMinor League Baseball Toolshed: Big week for pitching prospect promotions | MiLB.com
(3 - 5:11pm, Apr 29)
Last: bfan

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-29-2016
(7 - 5:10pm, Apr 29)
Last: Eric J can SABER all he wants to

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1992 Ballot
(9 - 3:54pm, Apr 29)
Last: John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy

Page rendered in 0.9643 seconds
80 querie(s) executed