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Sport MLB should suspend Astros’ Brandon Taubman to save the World Series

03:16  23 october  2019
03:16  23 october  2019 Source:   bostonherald.com

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Houston Astros take batting practice for baseball's World Series Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Houston. The Houston Astros face the Washington Nationals in Game 1 on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)© AP Houston Astros take batting practice for baseball's World Series Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Houston. The Houston Astros face the Washington Nationals in Game 1 on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

After those in leadership positions with the Houston Astros refused to use the benefit of time and hindsight to cool their emotions and make room for a simple apology, MLB will have to do their work for them and suspend assistant general manager Brandon Taubman.

Stephanie Apstein of Sports Illustrated, and the two other female reporters she stood alongside during the Astros’ clubhouse celebration on Saturday, deserved at least as much after Taubman taunted them for reasons we can only guess, and none of them any good.

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“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!’” Apstein wrote on Monday.

MLB announced on Tuesday that they’re investigating the incident, which was corroborated by two other reporters standing nearby, and others in the room.

Let’s unpack that quickly.

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Roberto Osuna, the Astros closer, had just blown Game 6 of the American League Championship Series and nearly cost the Astros their season when he allowed a two-run homer in the ninth inning that let the Yankees tie the game. Osuna was later bailed out by Jose Altuve, who hit a walkoff homer in the bottom of the inning, sending the Astros to the World Series.

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On the eve of the World Series , an Astros executive found himself embroiled in a controversy. But because it’s a sport played by men and, largely, run by men, there’s an imbalance that not only emboldens Taubman to shout what he shouted but discourages anyone else from objecting to him.

Osuna was not the star of the game. He was nearly the goat, in fact. And yet it was that moment during a jovial postgame celebration, that Taubman decided to scream his support for the organization’s controversial decision to trade for Osuna last June.

Now remember, there were serious questions at the time if Osuna would ever pitch in the major leagues again. He was arrested in Canada for allegedly assaulting Alejandra Román Cota, the mother of his then-3-year-old child, who later fled to Mexico and never returned to testify, prompting the dismissal of the case. MLB investigated and found enough wrongdoing that Osuna was given a 75-game suspension, the third-longest ever for violating the league’s domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault policy.

The Toronto Blue Jays didn’t want him to ever throw another pitch in their uniform, so they dangled him in trade talks.

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Many teams, including the Dave Dombrowski-led Red Sox, told the Blue Jays that as talented as Osuna is as a closer, they were not interested in having him pitch for their club.

The Astros took advantage. They traded for him anyway, pledged that they’d be at the forefront of support for domestic violence victims and would enact a “zero tolerance” policy going forward.

Instead, they used the most bizarre moment to not flaunt their own success, but instead taunt the few women in the team’s clubhouse who were doing their jobs in a professional manner.

Just for a second, try to imagine why somebody in Taubman’s position would do such a thing. Was it because the Astros were widely criticized for acquiring Osuna in the first place, and he took the lazy opinion that the criticism was only from women, and that the Astros’ success gave him an excuse to use that moment to say, “told ya so!” as if acquiring Osuna was the reason the Astros made it to the World Series?

Late Tuesday, National Public Radio reported that Taubman was purposely targeting the reporter wearing the purple bracelet because she had been vocal on Twitter about domestic violence issues, often sharing a hotline for victims when Osuna appeared in Astros’ games.

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As if this story couldn’t get any worse.

Sadly, the Astros made it worse with an embarrassing public reaction.

Even though Apstein wrote in her column that another Astros official was so taken aback by the event that he immediately apologized, the Astros public relations team took a different approach. They ignored Apstein’s request for comment and issued a statement attacking her credibility, calling her story “misleading” and “completely irresponsible.”

But they never denied that Taubman made those comments.

After a storm of public backlash on Tuesday, Taubman released his own statement, but never apologized to the women, nor did he express any understanding of why what he did was wrong.

Instead, he said, “I am sorry if anyone was offended.”

It’s no wonder that the most powerful woman in baseball, Red Sox executive vice president Raquel Ferreira, said that when young women ask her for advice on getting a job in baseball, she always tells them, “don’t do it.

    She laughs and then offers real pieces of advice, but noted that “every day you feel the challenges” of being a woman in baseball.

    Interviewed for a piece on women broadcasters in the minor leagues back in June, the broadcaster for the Astros’ High-A affiliate, Maura Sheridan, said she had been screamed at for doing her job, but she was afraid to say anything.

    “There’s this weird double-edge sword where you don’t want to make a huge fuss, but you also don’t want it to happen again,” she said.

    This time was different only because Apstein wrote what happened and the public got a sneak peak into a culture that too often goes unchecked.

    The Astros never denied the comments were said. They can bend the context to their liking, but the words don’t change. They merely offered a tone-deaf, arrogant and shameless response.

    All they had to do was apologize but instead made it clear they feel no remorse and haven’t.

    It falls to MLB instead.

    The league must stand up for the women of the industry and suspend Taubman indefinitely.

    MLB's ruling on Astros investigation to come after World Series .
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