White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger underneath MLB investigation

Mike Clevinger

Mike Clevinger
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It ought to be mentioned on the high that it’s not clear that there’s an excessive amount of the Chicago White Sox may have achieved earlier than signing Mike Clevinger. It’s simple to say that they need to have recognized, and possibly if a workforce was actually on the lookout for causes to not signal somebody they may have discovered the investigation by MLB into accusations of home abuse levied against him by Olivia Finestead. (Clevinger’s lawyer mentioned in an announcement that the pitcher “emphatically denies” the allegations.) However a workforce pursuing a participant in free company isn’t actually on the lookout for causes to not signal that participant. It’s simply how far you’re taking that.

However when MLB conducts most of these investigations, they doubtless don’t announce to everybody, or anybody, at the very least with the quilt story of not desirous to poison the investigation. Clevinger himself could not let you know, and positively, nobody on the time of his signing was waving any large pink flag. Although it was curious how rapidly it got here collectively, nobody was saying this was on the horizon.

Sure, Clevinger has already confirmed to be a dingus earlier than. He broke COVID protocols while with Cleveland in 2020, and his teammates essentially voted him off the island. Nonetheless, that’s one thing of a distance from that to this. MLB ought to have tried to subtly put the phrase out to golf equipment, however with out the investigation being concluded the gamers’ union could not have regarded kindly on the league spreading the phrase that will have saved a member from signing a contract earlier than that they had something concrete with which to take action.

It’s actually value asking if the investigation was began this summer time, and we’re some 4 or 5 months previous that at the very least, what precisely is taking so lengthy and why Clevinger was accessible on the free agent market within the first place. What’s MLB ready for? Did Finestead present them the identical Instagram photos she shared in her story yesterday? These items taking this lengthy have put one in all its groups in an unattainable spot. Maybe a rule that any participant underneath investigation for home abuse or sexual assault ought to be placed on ice till the investigation is full, however that’s one other factor that must be negotiated with the union and may not be that simple to go.

It’s doubly unhealthy for the White Sox and particularly their followers, because the latter simply needed to dwell by way of Hall of Famer baseball person Tony La Russa attending to skate on a DUI charge — he pled out to a misdemeanor offense — as a result of proprietor Jerry Reinsdorf was simply that decided to have him as supervisor, although the Sox knew concerning the DUI earlier than the general public did. And now they’re caught with this, for nevertheless lengthy it takes earlier than the Sox can deposit Clevinger into the closest dumpster.

Which you must assume they are going to as quickly as they will, which is at any time when this investigation is over. Ought to they accomplish that earlier than Clevinger will doubtless nonetheless get his cash, and whereas it virtually actually isn’t morality that will dictate the Sox making an attempt to get out of his contract, everybody can most likely agree that it could be higher if Clevinger is tossed overboard with out the money coming to him.

However it’s nonetheless an awfully awkward look, if we’re being form, that that is taking place in the identical offseason when not one however two groups backed out of agreed contracts with Carlos Correa due to what they felt may occur to his ankle six or seven or extra years down the road, and but Clevinger received a contract with this in his previous. There’s an intuition that groups ought to do the identical diligence that NFL groups do over draft picks, however any familiarity with home abusers would let you know how that might prove terrible in a rush if a previous companion merely informed a potential workforce about previous abuse and value a participant a contract. That’s not one of the simplest ways both.

However MLB ought to determine one thing with a participant underneath lively investigation as a result of everybody seems unhealthy right here. That’s if Rob Manfred ever cared about how any of his groups regarded.

In the meantime, on the opposite aspect of baseball, if Ronald Acuña Jr. did this on these shores what number of baseballs can be thrown at him concurrently in his subsequent at-bat? 70? We’re simply doing it unsuitable, man:

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