Apologies to the Prof and the Midnight Snack, as far as theme, or ideas to touch on, but there’s several socially related ones out there today. So, let’s take a look.
First, Yasiel Puig will face no MLB discipline after an alleged domestic violence incident last fall. Aroldis Chapman has been disciplined and Jose Reyes’ case is still in the pipeline.
Second, speaking of pipelines and Cuban baseball players, the Treasury Department has amended the sanctions against Cuba, which would, on paper, allow MLB teams to directly sign Cuban players:
U.S. companies will be authorized to engage in transactions related to the sponsorship or hiring of Cuban nationals to work or perform in the United States similar to nationals from other countries, provided that no additional payments are made to the Cuban government in connection with such sponsorship or hiring. For example, Cuban athletes, artists, performers, and others who obtain the requisite visas will be able to travel to the United States and earn salaries and stipends in excess of basic living expenses. Transactions in connection with the filing of an application for non-immigrant travel authorizations will also be authorized.
That part in bold is key, though. Cuban’s going to want compensation for these players. And, going by the strict letter of the law, it looks impossible. However, MLB’s application to the Treasury Department envisioned some sort of nonprofit shell organization to handle these messy details.
Finally, former (and maybe future) Cards’ minor leaguer Tyler Dunnington shows that many baseball players well below the Torii Hunter level still have a lot to learn about gay rights, respect and acceptance.