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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

MLB agrees to sex harassment policy

I hope John Rocker has a nuanced, thoughtful reaction to this.

Major League Baseball says it will bolster its policies against harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to a new agreement provided to The Associated Press on Monday.

The league is scheduled to announce its new policy during its All-Star game festivities on Tuesday with the players’ union and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who helped draft the agreement.

Under the new policy, the league will create a workplace code of conduct and distribute it to every major league and minor league player. It also will provide new training sessions and create a centralized complaint system to report any harassment and discrimination….

The announcement follows Schneiderman’s agreement this year with the National Football League to strengthen its policies. Some NFL prospects complained about questions they said were posed to them during the evaluation and hiring system called the NFL combine. The case prompted a look at harassment and discrimination policies in other sports….

Major League Baseball already has an anti-discrimination policy, but the new one specifically will prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. Commissioner Bud Selig said baseball won’t allow any discrimination.

“We welcome all individuals regardless of sexual orientation into our ballparks, along with those of different races, religions, genders and national origins,” Selig said. “Both on the field and away from it, Major League Baseball has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 16, 2013 at 09:51 AM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JJ1986 Posted: July 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM (#4495569)
Commissioner Bud Selig said baseball won’t allow any discrimination


Except for discrimination against Centaurus Homoequus.
   2. winnipegwhip Posted: July 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM (#4495571)
"You mean there's no more shagging in baseball?"

Graeme Lloyd
   3. tshipman Posted: July 16, 2013 at 10:13 AM (#4495576)
(In the voice of Dikembe:)

Who want to sex harassment policy?
   4. Hack Wilson Posted: July 16, 2013 at 10:19 AM (#4495583)
Wouldn't requiring massive steroid injections put a damper to this sort of thing?
   5. spike Posted: July 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM (#4495591)
Except for discrimination against Centaurus Homoequus.

Fortunately his GM has significant experience in the sexual harassment arena - I'm sure it will build in sensitivity.
   6. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: July 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM (#4495592)
Under the new policy, the league will create a workplace code of conduct and distribute it to every major league and minor league player. It also will provide new training sessions and create a centralized complaint system to report any harassment and discrimination….

The announcement follows Schneiderman’s agreement this year with the National Football League to strengthen its policies. Some NFL prospects complained about questions they said were posed to them during the evaluation and hiring system called the NFL combine. The case prompted a look at harassment and discrimination policies in other sports….


This policy is about discrimination based on orientation, not harassment of women by men (which I think is probably already covered.)

I find the bit about things being kicked off by prospect complaints from the NFL combine interesting.
   7. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 16, 2013 at 10:41 AM (#4495598)
Keith Hernandez wants to know if he can still complain about women in the dugout.
   8. Bitter Mouse Posted: July 16, 2013 at 10:43 AM (#4495601)
And sports continues to slowly catch up with the rest of the world. Good move though. And yes I came here to post a Centaur joke and was beaten to it, darn it!
   9. valuearbitrageur Posted: July 16, 2013 at 10:53 AM (#4495613)
Mark Grace erupts, "Towel snapping is a long-standing baseball tradition!"
   10. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM (#4495666)
I find the bit about things being kicked off by prospect complaints from the NFL combine interesting.


I.e. people asking Manti Te'o if he liked women.
   11. Bob Tufts Posted: July 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM (#4495682)

Wouldn't requiring massive steroid injections put a damper to this sort of thing?


I still do not believe the threat from doctors that this happens. Was it George Carlin who said "if the government wants you to stop using something, they threaten your cubes" ?
   12. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 16, 2013 at 12:01 PM (#4495710)
About time. That predator Greg Maddux was a serial leg pee-er.
   13. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: July 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM (#4495716)
Hey ESPN, it's sexual harrassment, not "sex harrassment". Our horrible education system becomes more embarrassing all the time.
   14. JJ1986 Posted: July 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM (#4495750)
Hey ESPN, it's sexual harrassment, not "sex harrassment". Our horrible education system becomes more embarrassing all the time.


It's also "harassment."
   15. Greg K Posted: July 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM (#4495800)
It's also "harassment."

Actually if we're being pedantic, the word was coined in honour of Al "Sexual" Harris who fired Monica DeVerterbrae after she turned down his sexual advances. The subsequent court case attempted to determine "What Sexual Harris Meant" by his remarks. Thus, it should be spelled "Sexual Harris Meant".

Etymology is fun!
   16. valuearbitrageur Posted: July 16, 2013 at 12:59 PM (#4495803)
Actually if we're being pedantic, the word was coined in honour of Al "Sexual" Harris who fired Monica DeVerterbrae after she turned down his sexual advances. The subsequent court case attempted to determine "What Sexual Harris Meant" by his remarks. Thus, it should be spelled "Sexual Harris Meant".


That ##### had some backbone turning him down...
   17. Greg K Posted: July 16, 2013 at 01:08 PM (#4495816)
That ##### had some backbone turning him down...

You're just saying that because it was 75 feet long.
   18. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 16, 2013 at 01:15 PM (#4495826)
Hey ESPN, it's sexual harrassment, not "sex harrassment". Our horrible education system becomes more embarrassing all the time.

I would guess this has something to do with guidelines for headline length, or something like that, and not from the writer's lack of education.
   19. JJ1986 Posted: July 16, 2013 at 01:20 PM (#4495837)
I would guess this has something to do with guidelines for headline length, or something like that, and not from the writer's lack of education.


It was definitely for space. The URL and Title both say "sexual."
   20. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: July 16, 2013 at 01:37 PM (#4495857)
It was definitely for space. The URL and Title both say "sexual."


Then they should have just typed out as many words as could fit in the headline and truncated after that. MLB agrees to sexual harassment would have made an excellent headline.
   21. smileyy Posted: July 16, 2013 at 02:50 PM (#4495915)
I find the bit about things being kicked off by prospect complaints from the NFL combine interesting.


Given that baseball operates in many states where harassment on the basis of sexual orientation is prohibited in the workplace, I suspect that there's a lot of potential liability for MLB.

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