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White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger is being investigated by MLB


Mike Clevinger

Mike Clevinger
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It should be said from the outset that it wasn’t clear that the Chicago White Sox could have done too much before signing. Mike Clevinger. It’s easy to say they should have known, and it’s possible that if a team were really looking for excuses not to sign someone they could have discovered the MLB investigation into alleged abuse. family hit him by Olivia Finestead. (Clevinger’s attorney said in a statement that the pitcher “firmly deny” the allegations.) But a team chasing a player in a free agency doesn’t really find a reason not to sign the player. It’s just how far you can go.

But when MLB conducts these types of investigations, they may not inform anyone or anyone, at least with the cover story of not wanting to poison the investigation. Clevinger himself may not tell you, and certainly, no one at the time of signing him was waving any giant red flags. While it is curious how quickly it comes together, no one is saying that this is on the horizon.

Yes, Clevinger has proven to be a dingus before. He broke COVID protocols while playing for Cleveland in 2020, and his teammates essentially voted for him to leave the island. However, there is a distance from there to this. MLB should have tried to subtly notify the clubs, but if the investigation had not been completed, the players’ association may not have been sympathetic to the federation’s spread of information that could lead to a member does not sign a contract before they have anything specific. but to do so.

It’s certainly worth asking if the investigation will begin this summer, and since at least we’ve lost about four or five months before that, what exactly took so long and why Clevinger was on the free agency market from the very beginning. What is MLB waiting for? Did Finestead show them that Instagram photos she shared in her story yesterday? These takes of time have put one of its teams in an impossible position. Perhaps a rule that any player being investigated for domestic abuse or sexual assault must be frozen until the investigation is complete, but that is another thing that will have to be negotiated. with the federation and maybe not be so easy to pass.

It’s doubly bad for the White Sox and especially for their fans, as the latter have to live through Hall of Famer baseball Tony La Russa gets to skate on a DUI phí fee – he committed a misdemeanor – because owner Jerry Reinsdorf was determined to let him be a manager, even though the Sox knew about the DUI before the public knew it. And now they’re stuck with this, no matter how long it takes before the Sox can send Clevinger to the nearest trash can.

Which you have to think they will as soon as they can, which is whenever this investigation is over. Should they do so before Clevinger will likely still get his money, and while it almost certainly isn’t morality that would dictate the Sox trying to get out of his contract, everyone can probably agree that it would be better if Clevinger is tossed overboard without the cash coming to him.

But it is still an awfully awkward look, if we’re being kind, that this is happening in the same offseason when not one but two teams backed out of agreed contracts with Carlos Correa because of what they felt might happen to his ankle six or seven or more years down the line, and yet Clevinger got a contract with this in his past. There is an instinct that teams should do the same diligence that NFL teams do over draft picks, but any familiarity with domestic abusers would tell you how that could turn out awful in a hurry if a past partner simply told a prospective team about past abuse and cost a player a contract. That’s not the best way either.

But MLB should figure out something with a player under active investigation because everyone looks bad here. That is if Rob Manfred ever cared about how any of his teams looked.


Meanwhile, on the other side of baseball, if Ronald Acuña Jr. did this on these shores how many baseballs would be thrown at him simultaneously in his next at-bat? 70? We’re just doing it wrong, man:


It’s a light midweek in the soccer world, but that doesn’t mean Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich couldn’t provide us with a true Thunderbastard. From the parking lot:

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