#1 NOTES: The series continues Tuesday w von mary123 30.10.2019 09:32

The New York Yankees have signed closer Aroldis Chapman to a record five-year, $86 million deal -- one thats put many fans in the all-too-familiar position of discomfort over a star player with a problematic past. While Chapmans domestic violence history calls into question the priorities of the team, it also presents a unique opportunity for the organization, the league and advocacy groups to use this signing to do some good for victims and their families.First, lets just get this out of the way: There are a ton of purely baseball reasons for skepticism over signing Chapman to the largest contract ever for a relief pitcher. As ESPNs Andrew Marchand put it, the deal is too long, for too much money, for the wrong guy.Chapmans prowess on the mound is undeniable, but his immediate payoff wont be a game-changer for a team banking on a youth-oriented strategy that realistically wont make a meaningful World Series run for at least a couple of seasons. Similarly, Keith Law analyzed 12 long-term contracts for relief pitchers and found their track record to be terrible, while noting that Chapmans reliance on his 100 mph fastball doesnt inspire confidence in the longevity of his arm.Putting baseball aside, both men noted that Chapmans character issues should raise red flags. Those of us who care deeply about domestic violence and its victims constantly bang the drum when teams enable dangerous behavior by rewarding perpetrators with millions of dollars.But its not just about the women on the other end of those police reports; as weve seen with former Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy and former Giants kicker Josh Brown, sometimes violent behavior -- and a complete lack of remorse thereof -- is part of a broader pattern that can lead to issues in the locker room. If fans dont want to be bothered with the moral implications of signing a player whose actions go unchecked, they should at least be concerned with how those actions can affect the team.That said, Chapman has served his time, sitting through a 30-game MLB-issued suspension at the start of this past season. Potential?zero-tolerance policies?with heavier penalties, while seemingly well-intentioned, carry real consequences for the victims of domestic abuse, often failing to prioritize their best interests in favor of the optics of tough punishments.As such, fans are left wondering how to reconcile the tension between caring about victims and caring about their team. As a Yankees fan, Ive written about the dilemma of not being able to feel joy for saves earned by a player I would rather not have on my team, despite how much he adds to our win total. Similarly, my colleague Sarah Spain -- a lifelong Cubs fan confronted with the same dilemma when the Yankees traded Chapman to Chicago in July, part of the Cubs historic World Series run -- has been outspoken about the dread she felt about his joining her team.All we can do as fans is continue to have these complicated conversations and hope that something good can come out of them, urging our teams to use these troubled players as catalysts for real change. When Chapman joined the Cubs, a fan channeled her mixed emotions and started the viral Twitter account and hashtag #pitchin4DV, pledging to donate $10 to Chicago-based domestic violence advocacy groups for every save Chapman recorded and encouraging other fans to do the same. To date, the effort has raised close to $40,000.Chapmans signing presents an opportunity to New York-based organizations to implement similar campaigns to make the best of an uncomfortable situation. Ive yet to hear of any such efforts from these groups, but theres plenty of time between now and spring training to seize this chance.Beyond that, the Yankees and MLB should take the lead on raising awareness for this cause and avoid the familiar pattern of teams and leagues simply ignoring the past transgressions of players, hoping well all just forget about it. Its not enough to just dedicate a day or a week or a month to wearing purple in a shallow show of support for domestic violence victims.In fact, the team and the league already have a relationship with the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, started by the former Yankees manager, who has a very personal connection to this issue, having grown up watching his father abuse his mother for years. Torre serves as MLBs chief baseball officer; hes in prime position to convince other league executives that its in everyones best interest to take a strong stance on domestic violence.Its important to note that any such campaign cant simply stop at raising awareness. There needs to be a real effort to influence behavior and provide outlets for players and spouses experiencing abuse.It is now time for domestic violence providers to begin to work with fans on what the next steps will be, said Margaret Duval, the executive director of the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, one of the Chicago-based organizations that received donations from the #pitchin4DV effort. Agencies across the country ... are strapped for resources. Now is the time to start thinking of, what are the other ways we can engage with teams to make sure that were handling these cases appropriately?Duval also encourages teams to engage with local groups. Advocates are still learning exactly what those steps should be, but the key will be all parties working together to form real solutions. As a start, Duval said she likes educational programs similar to the ones implemented by the NBA and NFL in their respective rookie camps to make sure that they learn more about consent, that they have a better understanding of intimate partner violence and what that looks like.And while most advocates favor pre-emptive measures over punitive ones, its important for the league to enact policies that properly deal with players and their families once abuse has occurred, that they have an actual resource for the survivor and that its not the teams management that is trying to interface with law enforcement, and that the survivor has the resources that she needs, Duval said.MLB has worked with advocacy groups in shaping its new domestic violence policy, which is considered stronger than that of other leagues. The Chapman signing provides even more space, with a high-profile player, on the leagues most storied team, in the countrys largest media market, to truly effect change. A little more than two months ago, the Yankees participated in the #NotAFan campaign against domestic abuse, urging fans to wear purple and producing a PSA in which current manager Joe Girardi declared, Im a baseball fan, Im a Yankee fan. Im not a fan of domestic violence.As a baseball fan, and a Yankees fan, I hope my team can put its money where its mouth is and not just in Chapmans pocket. Fake Basketball Jerseys . -- Charline Labonte couldnt have asked for a better homecoming. Fake NHL Jerseys . The 18-year-old American had five birdies in her bogey-free round for a 17-under total of 196. Lee held the overnight lead but mixed three birdies with two bogeys for a 70. https://www.fakejerseys.us.com/ . 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Chris Young hit a solo homer for the As, who are 10-0 against their new AL West foes this season and 15-1 all-time. The Astros have lost six straight overall. Houston took an early 3-0 lead thanks in part to Oakland tying a season high with three errors -- all in the first three innings. "That was the overriding feeling at the end of the game was that as badly as we played at the early part of the game, we stayed with it," Melvin said. "We didnt give up. We didnt put our heads down and say, Oh well, we are just having a bad game." Youngs shot cut the lead to one in the seventh before Reddicks drive to right field off Wesley Wright (0-4) made it 4-3. "Its one of those things where, you know that is the right matchup; its the matchup you want," Houston manager Bo Porter said. "If you dont win that matchup, you dont deserve to win the game." Young also tripled for another big game in his hometown. Three of Youngs nine homers this season have come at Minute Maid Park, and hes hit eight home runs with 30 RBIs in 22 career games in Houston. Young is hitting .333 against Houston this season, but just .165 against everyone else. "Fortunately, (Young) came up with a big at-bat," Reddick said. "I think that got the energy up in the dugout that we really needed to get going, especially since we left so many runners on base early on. After that happened it kind of picked us up a little bit." Ryan Cook (3-2) pitched a perfect seventh for the win and Grant Balfour did the same in the ninth for his 26th save. Balfour, who is the only closer without a blown save this season, has converted his last 44 chances dating to last season, an Oakland record and the sixth-longest streak in major league history. Chris Carter drove in a run for Houston and shortstop Jonathan Villar singled, scored and had a stolen base in his major leaguue debut.dddddddddddd Oakland starter Tommy Milone allowed five hits and three runs -- two earned -- in six innings. "Just the way it went, obviously there was something that was off," Milone said. "As a team, I dont think we felt comfortable on the field or at the plate. But we were able to stay in the game and get those big hits when we needed them." Dallas Keuchel yielded five hits and a run with five strikeouts in six innings for Houston. Justin Maxwell doubled to start the Houston second and stole second base. Maxwell scored and J.D. Martinez reached on an error by shortstop Jed Lowrie to make it 1-0. Villar got his first major league hit with a bunt single in the third. Villar, who stole 31 bases in Triple-A this season, quickly swiped second. Carters single to centre scored Villar to extend the lead to 2-0. Carter scored on an error by second baseman Grant Green when he couldnt make the catch on a routine fly. Josh Donaldson singled to start the Oakland sixth before a double down the right-field line by Nate Freiman. Reddick drew a walk with one out to load the bases, and a sacrifice fly by Green got Oakland within 3-1. Keuchel escaped the inning when he struck out Seth Smith. NOTES: The series continues Tuesday when Houstons top pitching prospect, Jarred Cosart (1-0), will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to make his second major league start against Jarrod Parker (6-6). The 23-year-old Cosart took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and got the win in his debut against Tampa Bay just before the break, allowing two hits and no runs in eight-plus innings. ... Home Run Derby winner Yoenis Cespedes was out for the fourth straight game because of a sore left wrist but is feeling better. Melvin said Cespedes did a lot of work in the cage and will take batting practice Tuesday if he doesnt feel any soreness. Melvin isnt sure if Cespedes could play Tuesday. ... As LHP Brett Anderson, who has been on the disabled list since May 1 with a stress fracture in his right foot, threw 35 pitches in a bullpen session. "He threw the ball really well," Melvin said. "You could tell he was excited to be out there and he didnt have any issues with his foot." Melvin said Anderson will throw another bullpen session Wednesday. ' ' '

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