MLB Week in Review (May 4-10)

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It has been an issue that not many saw coming in the world of sports but that someone should have seen coming.

Domestic Violence has always been an issue but recently the conversation surrounding those crimes has increased.

Sports have been far from immune from the same issues as it has always been a problem except many times it was hidden.

Athletes have always been a group of people that were often held at a higher level than the rest.

As a result, they usually got away with a lot and for the most part that just meant that they could go out drinking the night before a game and nobody would ever mention it.

That reverence is no longer there and players are being held accountable for their actions, sometimes too much.

Part of that has joined with an age where something like domestic violence is grounds for a player to come under some serious scrutiny.

Over the last few years, every league has had to deal with the repercussions of athletes who sometimes think they can’t be caught or can get away with just about anything.

Part of it is the fact that in every sport many players have been able to get away with just about everything as long as they produce on the field.

The pressure from the outside is building though and now leagues have to make up their minds about how they are going to handle these major issues.

The NFL has become the leader but only by necessity not by choice after each year saw another star get arrested for domestic violence.

It took them a while and they still have a ways to go but the two biggest names in those cases are no longer playing football.

The MLB has rarely had to deal with many issues related to domestic violence as only a few players have ever been in trouble for those issues.

One of the more recent issues was with Jose Reyes who was accused by his girlfriend of domestic violence in 2015.

The league acted quickly after learning the lessons from the other leagues that have had to deal with the same problems.

They suspended Reyes without pay for 51 games and required him to donate money to charities involved with preventing domestic violence.

Eventually, the case was dismissed after Reyes’ wife refused to cooperate with the police forcing the authorities to drop all charges.

The MLB will be in the heart of the debate once again as this week Toronto closer, Roberto Osuna was arrested in Toronto for allegedly assaulting a woman.

Details are scarce around the case largely to protect the identity of the woman who was reportedly assaulted but for now, Osuna is on administrative leave.baseball-sidebar

The latest incident leaves a serious debate for the MLB and a lot of people are watching very closely.

In every one of these cases, there is a real debate about how leagues are supposed to handle things.

On one hand, these are serious accusations and in the majority of cases the accusations turn out to be true.

On the other hand, an accusation does not mean that the accused is guilty as it takes a process to figure that out.

When a player is accused the league is under tremendous pressure to take action as soon as possible.

This can mean suspending a player for an extended period of time and potentially hurting their chances of finding another team to play for.

If the league takes action it is essentially a way of saying that they did what they were accused of and for some teams, domestic violence eliminates that player from consideration.

They certainly deserve that should the accusations be real but often the league doesn’t really get the time to wait for that accusation to turn into a guilty verdict.

It is a delicate balance that leagues still struggle with as they don’t want to immediately make a decision and essentially convict a player of something without due process.

At the same time, they don’t want to be seen as being light in a serious issue by letting a player play while he is under investigation for a serious crime.

This Osuna issue will be the next step in the progress of the MLB in dealing with these incidents in the future.

The decision will likely not be enough and at the same time be too much depending on who you talk to but it will be big.

Everyone is watching to see what the MLB does after putting Osuna on administrative leave with the future of what the MLB will do in the future.

Extra Innings

No-No Place Like Home

The MLB has seen a pretty rapid pace for no-hitters this year and the latest was more of a feel-good story. James Paxton is known as Big Maple to many because he is the latest in a line of Canadians to make their way to the MLB. The BC native was set to open the series against the only Canadian team in the MLB, travelling to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays. That start will be remembered forever as Paxton pitched a no-hitter in his home country leaving the Blue Jays fans around the country with some mixed feelings.

Harvey’s New Start

Last week Matt Harvey was pulled from his latest attempt at finding his game after being placed in the bullpen after a rough start. Later that week he was optioned to Triple-A as the Mets looked to decide what they would do with the former saviour of the Mets. It turns out that New York was willing to move on without their Dark Knight as they began hearing trade offers for the former ace. The Cincinnati Reds were the ones to win out, or lose depending on the results, trading for the pitching. Now Harvey will look to climb back to being one of the best with the Reds hoping they got a steal.

Out of Order

The New York Mets have always been a team that is the butt of so many jokes for finding ways to lose games. It has always been the focus until recently when they found their way back to contention with a new group of young arms. That has begun to wear off though and the old Mets seem to show up every now and then like this week when they found another way to lose a game. With a runner in scoring position, the Mets batted out of order forcing them to forfeit that runner and earning them another out in what could have been a good first inning for the team but what led to an eventual loss.

 

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