Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy has once again returned to the forefront of the baseball discussion. This week, Tampa Bay Rays catcher Derek Norris and Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell had allegations brought against them of domestic violence. While these allegations have yet to be fully investigated, it begs the question: should Commissioner Rob Manfred be the final voice in punishment if there is truthfulness found in these allegations? Derek Norris’ alleged actions took place over 2 years ago, well past the legal statute of limitations on such a horrendous act. What do you think the punishment should be and should major sports leagues add stiffer penalties ultimately leading to banishment?
On a lighter note, Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett made history this week becoming the 17th player all time to club 4 homeruns in a single game doing so against the St. Louis Cardinals. Could this make Gennett a piece the Reds think of as a focal point in the future and just how rare is what he accomplished? And what is happening in The Gateway City? The Cardinals are on a decline that we have not seen, and certainly did not expect, from them. Can the moves they made this week help turn the tables and is Mike Matheny’s job in danger this year?
Finally, another injury to another of Major League Baseball’s top center fielders, Kevin Kiermaier, has darkened the prospects of outfield talent in the American League, especially for the All Star Game. Does Tampa Bay bring him back into the mix if he returns in the latter part of August or shut him down completely?
All that, plus the Backstop of Week and Behind the Mask this week on Out of Left Field with Chris and Graham.
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