BaseballMLB

Checking Into What MLB Told Washington State Regulators About Sports Betting – Legal Sports Report

Major League Baseball‘s vision for what sports betting in Washington state might look like if a genie granted wishes played out earlier this month. The public meeting of the state of Washington’s gambling commission is a sign of hope for those in the Evergreen State. MLB’s presentation might not be the same though. Who was at the hearing? The meeting featured testimony from three witnesses: Marquest Meeks, senior counsel at Major League Baseball; Fred Rivera, general counsel with the Seattle Mariners; and, Brian Considine, legal and legislative manager for the state gambling commission. Meeks and Rivera appeared jointly to speak about what Considine termed “sports integrity.” Opening statement Meeks began his testimony by stating his job is to “mitigate the risks of sports betting.” Meeks, who began his role in March, was the primary voice of the league with Rivera and mainly filling in the Seattle– and Washington-specific gaps.
BaseballMLB

MLB to look into claims against Astros executive Brandon Taubman – ESPN

3:55 PM ET HOUSTON -- Major League Baseball said in a statement Tuesday that the league will interview relevant parties regarding allegations published Monday night in a Sports Illustrated article. According to the report by SI's Stephanie Apstein, during the celebration in the Houston Astros' clubhouse after the team's 6-4 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday, assistant general manager Brandon Taubman turned to a group of female reporters -- including one wearing a purple domestic violence awareness bracelet -- and repeatedly yelled, "Thank God we got (Roberto) Osuna! I'm so f---ing glad we got Osuna!" The shouts appeared to be directed specifically at the reporter wearing the bracelet, NPR reported Tuesday night. Taubman, according to the report, has complained in the past when that reporter tweeted about domestic violence awareness on nights when Osuna pitched. Last season, Osuna,
BaseballMLB

MLB pioneer Suzyn Waldman on Astros incident: 'I can't remember being this angry nor this distraught in a long time' – SNY.tv

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | In her long and accomplished career, Suzyn Waldman has endured numerous forms of abuse and harassment, from MLB players, fans and members of the media. Her crime? Broadcasting Yankees games on TV and radio while being a woman. Waldman, the first woman to call a World Series game, blazed a trail that many followed. And now she is watching as the Houston Astros seemingly demonstrate how deep-seated misogyny likely remains a problem in the game. "You think it's changing," Waldman told SNY on Tuesday. "You work for decades to try to make things easier for the women coming along behind you. Can it really be all for nothing?" On Saturday night, Astros assistant GM Brandon Taubman yelled "Thank god we got Osuna" at a group of women reporters, one of whom wore a domestic violence awareness bracelet. The Astros traded for closer Roberto Osuna
BaseballMLB

MLB will look into controversial comments by Houston Astros official – USA TODAY

Major League Baseball will look into comments by a Houston Astros official that apparently made light of a star player's domestic violence suspension which was made public Monday night in a Sports Illustrated article.  After initially calling a Sports Illustrated story "an attempt to fabricate a story where one does not exist," the Astros issued updated statements Tuesday afternoon from team owner Jim Crane and assistant general manager Brandon Taubman. The first-person account from SI writer Stephanie Apstein described a scene in the Astros clubhouse in which Taubman "turned to a group of three female reporters, including one wearing a purple domestic-violence awareness bracelet, and yelled, half a dozen times, 'Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so (expletive) glad we got Osuna!'” Osuna, the Astros closer, was suspended 75 games last season after he allegedly assaulted the mother of his then-3-year-old child. OPINION: MLB needs to address
BaseballMLB

MLB rumors: Phillies begin raiding the Yankees in front office rebuild – NJ.com

The Philadelphia Phillies are in the process of rebuilding their organization and they are using the New York Yankees as their template. Step number one: Hire Brian Barber as director of amateur scouting, which the Phillies announced on Tuesday. The Phillies have hired Brian Barber as the organization’s director of amateur scouting, the club announced today. Barber, 46, had spent the last 18 seasons (2002-19) with the New York Yankees where he was an area scout (2002-06), East Coast crosschecker (2007-09) and national crosschecker (2010-19). “We are very pleased to announce the hiring of Brian Barber as our new director of amateur scouting,” said Phillies General Manager Matt Klentak. “Brian has an extensive history in baseball, both as a player and more recently as a talent evaluator, and we are thrilled to welcome him to Philadelphia.” A first-round (22nd overall) selection in the 1991 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals
BaseballMLB

MLB rumors: Phillies finish 2nd round of manager interviews | Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter or Dusty Baker the – NJ.com

Former New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi concluded his second interview with the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports. Girardi, former Yankees manager Buck Showalter and former Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker each have had two rounds of interviews with the Philadelphia front office. So who’s the leading contender? Zolecki has an idea. Multiple sources said Girardi made himself the favorite among many for the Phillies’ managerial vacancy following an impressive showing Monday at Citizens Bank Park. ... The buzz inside the ballpark is that Phillies managing partner John Middleton prefers Girardi, but it is unknown if a job offer has been made or will be made. Zolecki reports the Phillies do not expect to interview any additional candidates and that the replacement for Gabe Kapler could be named as early as Thursday, between Games 2 and 3 of the World Series. Girardi is a popular man