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Friday, January 17, 2020

Piazza: MLB mess ‘unintended consequence’ of game’s new era

To Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza, the sign-stealing scandal that’s enveloped Major League Baseball signals where the sport is these days.

“Unfortunately, it’s an unintended consequence of the digital age and all this information,” Piazza said.

Piazza was at the New York Mets’ spring training complex on Thursday for a street naming ceremony, two hours before the team let go new manager Carlos Beltrán.

Beltrán was the third manager to lose his job this week in the wake of the cheating scheme by the Astros. Houston manager AJ Hinch was suspended by MLB and then fired by the club.

That reminds me- has Murray Chass offered his thoughts on these matters yet?

QLE Posted: January 17, 2020 at 12:42 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, mike piazza, shame and scandal, spring training

Monday, January 13, 2020

Slate: “You Guys Are Scaring Me”

A re-examination of the allegations of rape against three Mets during 1992 spring training. Not an easy read, but worth it.

The alleged gang rape at spring training was an enormous scandal. The police in Port St. Lucie said they’d fielded 200 calls from reporters in the 24 hours after Gooden’s name had been linked to the case. The New York tabloids covered it exhaustively, as did sports-talk radio and shock-jock morning shows. The New York Times alone ran two dozen pieces on the investigation.

After four weeks of leering coverage, a Florida prosecutor announced that Dwight Gooden, Vince Coleman, and Daryl Boston would not be charged with any crimes. The odds of getting a conviction, he said, would be too low to warrant moving forward. “There are going to be people even eight, nine years from now, who are going to be bringing this up,” Gooden told the New York Daily News right after he’d been cleared. He was wrong. Two days later, Gooden took the mound in the Mets’ home opener: He pitched well, but lost. “NOT GOODENOUGH,” read the headline in the Daily News, with the story explaining that it was “his first appearance at Shea [Stadium] since rotator cuff surgery.” The rape inquiry wasn’t mentioned at all.

AndrewJ Posted: January 13, 2020 at 10:53 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: 1992, allegations, crime, mets, rape, spring training

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Very complex: Nats, Astros share spring site, meet in Series

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Asked how his Washington Nationals figured out Gerrit Cole in the World Series opener, Juan Soto didn’t have to look far for an answer.

“I’m glad I face him in spring training,” Soto said.

In fact, all of the Houston Astros and Nationals see a lot of each other starting every February — they share the complex at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

More than 200 days after breaking camp, they’ve ended the year on the same field with much more at stake.

Apparently, this is the first time this has occurred, for those interested in milestones.

QLE Posted: October 24, 2019 at 12:52 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, nationals, spring training, stadiums

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Dog Pee or Scorpions? Cubs Prez Theo Epstein’s Wild Landlord-Tenant Dispute

Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein’s dog “left a terrible odor and urine-stained carpeting” in an Arizona home he stayed in for the 2015 spring training season, his landlords from that year claim.

Epstein denied his alleged tenancy fouls through a spokesperson and claimed his landlords failed to address a scorpion infestation that put his family in danger.

From February to March 2015, Epstein lived in a Paradise Valley home owned by John and Mary Valentino, a married couple based in Pennsylvania. Epstein stayed in the home with his wife, two children, and 10-pound rescue mutt.

According to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court, Epstein’s pup peed prolifically in the $1 million house, staining tile and stone flooring, wood door jams, cabinets, and furniture. In addition to urine stains, the Epsteins also allegedly left the home with drywall holes, broken cabinet handles, a torn shower curtain, a ripped grill cover, and other damages.

It’s been a while since we’ve dabbled in the surreal- how will now do for that?

QLE Posted: October 16, 2019 at 12:28 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona, dogs, spring training, theo epstein

 

 

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