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Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna given hefty suspension by MLB




Roberto Osuna pitching on 2016 Opening Day vs. Tampa Bay photo By Arturo Pardavila III, CC BY 2.0, https


Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. announced recently that Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna has accepted a suspension without pay through August 4, 2018 for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. The unpaid suspension of Osuna is retroactive to May 8, 2018 and covers 75 games. Osuna has agreed not to appeal the discipline. Consistent with the terms of the Policy, Osuna will participate in a confidential and comprehensive evaluation and treatment program supervised by the Joint Policy Board.

Commissioner Manfred issued the following statement regarding the discipline:

“My office has completed its investigation into the allegation that Roberto Osuna violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy on May 8, 2018. Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Osuna violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will expire on August 4th.”


MLB suspends three minor leagues due to violation of drug policies




The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced recently that three Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

New York Mets Minor League pitcher Jaison Paniagua, who is currently on the Club’s Dominican Summer League roster, has received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Houston Astros Minor League pitcher Yoanys Quiala, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League, has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Drostanolone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Texas Rangers Minor League pitcher Yosiel Serrano, who is currently on the roster of the Club’s Dominican Summer League roster, has received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.


Miami Marlins pitcher Dan Straily disciplined by MLB




Dan Straily 2017 photo By D. Benjamin Miller - Own work, Public Domain, https

Miami Marlins pitcher Dan Straily has received a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch at Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, while warnings were in place for both teams, in the bottom of the second inning of Tuesday night’s game at AT&T Park in San Francisco. In addition, Marlins manager Don Mattingly has received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for the intentional actions of Straily while warnings were in place. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

Unless appealed, the suspension of Straily is scheduled to begin on Friday night, when the Marlins visit the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. If appealed, then the discipline issued to him will be held in abeyance until the process is complete. If Straily chooses to appeal his discipline, Mattingly’s suspension will be effective the same day that Straily begins to serve his suspension, if any.




MLB announces Tigers-Royals to meet in 2019 at Omaha’s TD Ameritrade Park leading into College World Series



TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha 3rd Base side at night 2012 photo By Skinzfan23 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https


Royals and Tigers will meet on June 13, 2019, two days before first game of the NCAA’s Men’s College World Series, in exclusive national telecast on ESPN; Special event will be part of newly unveiled GEICO Summer Series


Major League Baseball announced recently that the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers will play a regular season game in Omaha, Nebraska on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Honoring Omaha’s baseball tradition, the first Major League game ever held in Nebraska will be televised nationally by ESPN and will be played at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha – one day before the Opening Celebration Day of the 2019 National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Men’s College World Series and two days before the event’s first game. GEICO will be the presenting sponsor of the event as part of the new GEICO Summer Series. The game resulted from an agreement between MLB, the NCAA, Minor League Baseball, the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers and Omaha’s Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA).

The 2019 game will follow other recent special events that have brought regular season play to non-traditional locales and have been telecast by ESPN. On July 3, 2016, the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins played at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, a celebration of the servicemembers at the post and the first Major League game ever held in the state. On August 20, 2017, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals participated in the inaugural Little League Classic, which took place at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the home of the Little League World Series. The second Little League Classic presented by GEICO will be played this August 19th between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets.

The Royals and the Storm Chasers, who helped make this event possible, share the game’s longest relationship between a Major League Club and its Triple-A affiliate, spanning the careers of Hall of Famer George Brett and other Kansas City greats since its franchise inception in 1969. Thirty-two Major League players all-time were born in Omaha, including Hall of Famers Bob Gibson and Wade Boggs, and more than 100 all-time were born in Nebraska, including Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn and Royals’ three-time All-Star Alex Gordon, a Lincoln native and a product of the University of Nebraska. Gibson pitched for Triple-A Omaha when it was a Cardinals’ affiliate. As a member of the New York Giants’ Minneapolis farm club in 1951, Hall of Famer Willie Mays was in Omaha when he was called up to the Majors. In 1889, Hall of Fame pitcher Kid Nichols was the ace of the Omaha Omahogs of the Western Association. The state of Nebraska has a long and distinguished tradition of Native Americans playing the game.

Commissioner Manfred said: “As fans enjoy the excitement of the College World Series, I am pleased to announce that we will be playing a Major League game in Omaha next season. We look forward to partnering with the NCAA and all the various parties who have worked hard to put this game together. This represents another significant step in our efforts to showcase the solidarity that links each level of our great game.”

Kevin Uhlich, the Royals’ Senior Vice President, Business Operations, said: “The bond that ties our ball club in Kansas City and the city of Omaha dates back to the first pitch ever thrown in organization history in 1969 when both the Kansas City Royals and then-Omaha Royals came into existence. Couple that with one of the greatest spectacles in college athletics, the College World Series, and we’re ecstatic as an organization to participate in this historic game. So many of the athletes who have worn Royal uniforms have come through this great community either while starring for their college team or as a member of our organization. It’s only fitting that the Royals be a part of the first Major League game ever hosted by the city of Omaha.”

Al Avila, Executive Vice President and GM of the Tigers, said: “All of us with the Detroit Tigers are thrilled and honored to participate in the first-ever Major League game at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. The College World Series is one of America’s jewel events and is truly an institution within the baseball world. We are looking forward to showcasing the talent of our Major Leaguers on amateur baseball’s biggest stage.”

Omaha Storm Chasers owner Gary Green said: “We are very excited to not just be part of this historic first-of-its-kind event in Omaha next year, but that our parent club of 50-plus seasons will be participating as well. The city of Omaha has an incredibly rich history of professional baseball, and the large significance of this event taking place next year in this city cannot be overstated.”

Bill Brower, GEICO’s assistant vice president of marketing, said: “Omaha has played an enormous role in making baseball America’s pastime. GEICO is pleased to support this historic game and the timeless sport of baseball.”

Omaha has hosted the College World Series since 1950, at Rosenblatt Stadium through 2010 and at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha since 2011.


Former MLB stars David Ortiz and Torii Hunter will manage SiriusXM All-Star Futures Teams



David Ortiz walking on field 2014 photo By Keith Allison - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


Torii Hunter running the bases in 2010 photo By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


Ten-time All-Star David Ortiz and five-time All-Star Torii Hunter will lead the World Team and the U.S. Team, respectively, during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 15th at Nationals Park, it was announced earlier today on MLB Network. The remainder of the coaching staffs, as well as rosters and umpires for the 2018 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will be announced in the coming weeks.

The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which is now in its 20th year, features the top Minor League prospects competing in a nine-inning contest as part of All-Star Sunday. The U.S. Team leads the all-time series, 12-7. Last year in Miami, the U.S. Team defeated the World, 7-6, for its seventh victory in the last eight years.

As part of its live All-Star Week programming, MLB Network will exclusively televise and will live stream the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at 4:00 p.m. (ET), with Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, Lauren Shehadi and prospect expert Jonathan Mayo on the call live from Nationals Park.

SiriusXM, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of Major League Baseball, will provide live play-by-play coverage of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on MLB Network Radio (XM channel 89; Sirius channel 209) in addition to SiriusXM’s other comprehensive live coverage from Washington, DC. The game will also be available to SiriusXM subscribers on the SiriusXM app for smart phones and mobile devices and online at

Tickets are available for purchase for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game by visiting or visiting the box office at Nationals Park.

Ortiz, a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, played 20 seasons in the Majors as a designated hitter/first baseman for the Minnesota Twins (1997-2002) and the Boston Red Sox (2003-16). In 2,408 games played, “Big Papi” hit .286 and collected 2,472 hits, 541 home runs, 1,768 RBI and 632 doubles. One of the most feared hitters of his generation, Ortiz led the Red Sox to three World Series titles in 2004, 2007 and 2013. Ortiz finished in the top five in American League Most Valuable Player voting in each of his first five seasons in Boston from 2003-07, including in 2006, when he finished with an AL-best 54 home runs, which is a Red Sox single-season franchise record. He was voted the Most Valuable Player of the 2004 American League Championship Series after helping lift Boston out of a 3-0 series deficit against the archrival New York Yankees. Highlighted by his Game 4 walk-off home run, Ortiz hit .387 in the series with three home runs and 11 RBI as Boston became the first team to ever win a seven-game series after losing each of the first three contests. In 2013, the seven-time Silver Slugger Award winner hit .688 in the Fall Classic with two home runs and six RBI en route to the World Series Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. Ortiz, who was originally signed by the Seattle Mariners in 1992, won the 2010 Home Run Derby at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, was honored with the 2011 Roberto Clemente Award, and is an eight-time recipient of the Edgar Martinez Outstanding DH Award. He currently sits 17th on Major League Baseball’s all-time home runs list and ranks fourth all-time among Dominican-born players.

Hunter, who was selected by Minnesota with the 20th overall selection in the 1993 Draft, played 19 seasons as an outfielder in the Majors for the Twins (1997-07, 2015), Los Angeles Angels (2008-12) and Detroit Tigers (2013-14). In 2,372 games, the Pine Bluff, Arkansas native hit .277 with 2,452 hits, 353 home runs, 1,391 RBI, 498 doubles and 195 stolen bases. Known for his defensive prowess, Hunter claimed nine consecutive AL Gold Glove Awards from 2001-09. In 2002, Hunter was selected by the fans to start in his first All-Star Game at Miller Park in Milwaukee, becoming the first Twins outfielder to draw a Midsummer Classic start since Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett in 1995. Hunter delivered the highlight of the game in the bottom of the first inning, soaring high over the outfield wall to rob Barry Bonds of a home run. Torii, who was inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame in July 2016, led Minnesota to AL Central Division titles four times in five years from 2002-06, and was also part of two AL West-winning Angels teams (2008-09) and two AL Central-winning Tigers teams (2013-14). Hunter’s son, Torii Jr., is currently an outfielder in the Angels organization after being drafted in the 23rd round of the 2016 Draft.

MLB All-Star Week includes the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park (July 17th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 16th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 15th), Geico All-Star FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (July 13th-17th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city. The 89th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit and follow @AllStarGame on social media.




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