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Baltimore Orioles Center Fielder Adam Jones Victim Of Racism At Fenway Park

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Baltimore Orioles Center Fielder Adam Jones Victim Of Racism At Fenway Park

Monday night the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles played game 1 of their series, after the game Orioles Center Fielder Adam Jones claimed he was a victim of racist comments.

Given the nature of the subject all of the following here will be facts, no opinions here unlike the rest of our content. So with that, most of the following will be quotes from Jones, the team, and others involved in the situation with some facts inserted to give context.

Jones talked to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale and Boston Globes Nick Carfardo after the game, Jones said he had racist taunts yelled at him and fans threw peanuts at him while he was in the dugout.

“A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me,” Jones said via USA Today. “I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome.”

Jones also said this wasn’t the first time something like this has happened to him at Fenway Park, but this was his worst experience yet.

“It’s different,” he said. “Very unfortunate. I heard there was 59 or 60 ejections* tonight in the ballpark. It is what it is, right. I just go out and play baseball. It’s unfortunate that people need to report to those type of epithets to degrade another human being. I’m trying to make a living for myself and for my family”

*According to Boston Red Sox Team President Sam Kennedy the team ejected 34 fans from Monday’s game. One was for throwing the bag of peanuts, and one for taunting a player, although the Red Sox would not comment on which player as it is unknown right now. 

“It’s unfortunate. The best thing about myself is that I continue to move on, and still play the game hard. Let people be who they are. Let them show their true colors.”

The fan who threw the peanuts was ejected, but Jones wants more to be done against this behavior. Photo of security looking for the thrower is below.

“It’s pathetic,” he said. “It’s called a coward. What they need to do is that instead of kicking them out of the stadium, they need to fine them 10 grand, 20 grand, 30 grand. Something that really hurts somebody. Make them pay in full. And if they don’t, take it out of their check. That’s how you hurt somebody. You suspend them from the stadium, what does that mean? It’s a slap on the wrist. That guy needs to be confronted, and he needs to pay for what he’s done.

“At the end of the day, when you throw an object onto the field of play, the player has no idea what it is. What if something hit me right in the eye and I can’t play baseball anymore. Then what? I just wear it? No. Things like that need to be handled a little more properly, in my opinion.”

Jones had more comments on Tuesday with the rest of the media now aware of the situation they wanted to follow up with him and ask him a few more questions to elaborate on his thoughts and how his meeting went with the Red Sox who have since apologized to him and the Orioles.

“Square up. Let’s fight and get it over with,” Jones said prior to Tuesday’s game at Fenway Park.

Jones could not recall exactly what time of the game he heard the taunt because he was focused on the actual game. He also doesn’t know if it was more than one person.

“Well it’s hard to look at someone when you’re focused on a potential ball hit in any direction so to pinpoint exactly who, that might damn be impossible,” Jones said. “To hear and understand what I heard, you got great hearing. We understand that we’re the road team and that the fans don’t need to welcome us. It’s all part of the competitive edge for the fan base to tell us opponents you suck, haha you struck out, various things on your performance, which is completely understandable in the lines of just how sports work and how fan bases work.

“I just heard that all night and was something that caught my attention — the N-word. I get certain reactions when someone says something clever versus really, really stupid and ignorant. Last night was not clever, it was ignorant so it caught my attention. By the time you look back, you can’t say who said what or when it was. I was just like, ‘OK, this is really [happening].”

Several members of the Red Sox organization met with Jones on Tuesday as alluded to earlier, this envoy including owner John Henry. In his media session he let the reporters know seeing the owner of the Red Sox meant a lot to him.

“I appreciated it greatly,” he said. “For Mr. Henry to take his time out to come and talk, to him and get ahead of it, to implement more security. … It’s a sporting event. It’s 40,000 people and to pick out a few people who decide to be ignorant. I just appreciate him coming in to talk to me face to face. He didn’t call or text me. He came face to face and expressed his disgust and he apologized on behalf of the whole city.”

Added Jones: “I have seen Mookie Betts, he tweeted at me. Price texted me this morning. It’s pretty awesome that they see it. It’s bigger than the game. These kind of things are bigger than the game. This a game. It isn’t life or death. There are bigger issues in the world than a baseball game. This is purely entertainment.”

Betts tweeted this afternoon the following:

Jones said what happens now is beyond him, but did acknowledge he appreciated the steps the Red Sox have taken.

“Well, fines, that is not in my realm, obviously I am worried about playing the game,” he said. “That is something that I think it would be individually assessed in certain ballparks, certain rules and regulations. I know that I met with Mr. Henry today and he said they are in the process — when things like this happen they are going to evoke a person’s, whoever’s tickets they are.

I know that tickets here are very sacred and generally passed down through generations, so they are hard to get. Stripping people their right to come to the ballpark, that would suck because this is one of the greatest venues to watch a sporting event and people would miss out on it because of pure stupidity.”

In terms of Red Sox players other than Betts several have speaken out publicly about this topic along with other players around baseball who have played in Fenway Park. Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was one who was according to reporters present emotional when talking about the Jones situation.

Sox bench bat Chris Young who has come through the park on opposing team even said he had it happen to him when he came to Boston, but he also noted he thinks it is a widespread issue and not just Boston.

For all of you wondering how the Red Sox will respond to this in the future the team has already instituted a number of moves in conjunction with MLB to help prevent these instances from occurring in the future. Starting off tonight in the park there will be an increased security presence particularly in the bleachers. In addition the team has shared on its social media channels on how to contact said security in case they see/hear anything.

The team also released an official statement earlier on Tuesday addressing the situation.

Red Sox team president Sam Kennedy has also told the media that members of the Red Sox have acknowledged hearing racial slurs at Fenway Park.

 

(Fort Myers, FL, 02/19/14) Boston Red Sox owner, John Henry talks to reporters during Red Sox Spring Training on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Staff Photo by Matt Stone

The Orioles have also responded to this situation through their manager Buck Showalter going on MLB Network to discuss the last 24 hours.

Major League Baseball Players Association and MLB Commisioner Rob Manfred addressed the situation via press releases.

In terms of outside players around the league CC Sabathia spoke with the media and said he and others expect this kind of behavior when coming to Boston. Others have likely spoken about it or will at some point tonight.

That is all the facts that are on the table as of right now, be the judge of all of it for yourself. There is a lot going on here with many voices coming in about this topic, a lot of different view points and opinions on this one.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Red Sox Name Alex Cora As The New Manager

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Since the firing of John Farrell, the rumor mill has pegged former player Alex Cora as the clear frontrunner. Over the weekend it was being reported that Boston had decided on Cora but was waiting for the right time to announce the decision.

On Sunday the naming of the 47th manager in team history was made official.

“We were very impressed when we interviewed Alex,” said Dombrowski. “He came to us as a highly-regarded candidate, and from speaking with him throughout this process, we found him to be very knowledgeable, driven, and deserving of this opportunity. He is a highly respected and hardworking individual who has experience playing in Boston.”

Cora played in Boston from 2005 to 2008, and is currently a bench coach with the World Series-bound Houston Astros.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to be named manager of the Boston Red Sox and I want to thank Dave, John Henry, Tom Werner, and Sam Kennedy for giving me such a tremendous opportunity,” Cora said. “Returning to the Red Sox and the city of Boston is a dream come true for me and my family and I look forward to working towards the ultimate goal of winning another championship for this city and its great fans.”

“In Alex we have found a natural leader to guide our clubhouse,” said Henry. “He is extremely smart with a dedication to what it takes to be successful in today’s game on the field. His baseball acumen and his ability to think strategically are uncommon for someone his age. We could not have found a better match for our players, our front office and for where we intend to go over the coming years as an organization.”

“Alex also has a full appreciation for the use of analytical information in today’s game and his ability to communicate and relate to both young players and veterans is a plus,” added Dombrowski. “Finally, the fact that he is bilingual is very significant for our club.”

The official press conference on the hiring will take place after the conclusion of the Fall Classic.

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Red Sox Managerial Decision Seemingly Made Up

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Did anyone think that the Boston Red Sox would take their time when hiring their new field manager? According to one report the team is moving rather quickly

According to one report, the team is moving rather quickly to the point where their minds are already made up.

“There is a 99.9 percent chance of [Cora] being named Red Sox leader,” a source told Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia. “They want him for the job. That post is for him. Alex is very beloved there. And he would love to run Boston. They want to make the fast decision.”

Cora is currently serving as the bench coach for the Houston Astros, a team that is battling it out with the New York Yankees for the chance to go to the World Series. Boston isn’t the only suitor for the former player however. Cora is set to meet with the New York Mets on Tuesday and is also expected to be of interest to other teams like the Philadelphia Phillies.

But the interest between Boston and Cora is mutual and a report from Puerto Rico confirms that. Cora played for the Red Sox during his career and was part of the 2007 Wolrd Series team. At the time he was considered an excellent leader on the team that had all the intangible qualities of one daying being an excellent coach. Since his playing days, he has served as an ESPN Analyst, GM of Puerto Rico national team, coach in Puerto Rico’s baseball league, and now a bench coach for Houston.

If the Red Sox are able to bring in Cora it would be seen as if they had been grooming him for years and that he is their guy. With other suitors in tow, it looks like an offer from the Boston Red Sox to Cora is going to come rather quickly. And quite frankly, this is the best decision for the team.

Acquiring Cora is far superior to a long time mediocre manager like Ron Gardenhire or a failed first coach stinter like Brad Ausmus. Cora is both young and has some prior experience to bring to the table. The one real question with him is if he will be too buddy-buddy with the players, a very real possibility.

Red Sox fans seem to be rather torn on this topic, many seem to like the idea of an old manager like Gardenhire, while others favor Cora who was a fan favorite as a player. In reality the true intentions or favorite of the Red Sox is unknown, but for the moment, Cora looks like the lock.

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Red Sox Manager Contestants Stepping Right Up

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On Wednesday the Boston Red Sox fired field manager John Farrell. With the departure of Farrell, the Red Sox must now conduct a full and wide search for their next manager. There are dozens of potential candidates for the job. The one choice that will have to be made is to either to go young or go old.

Fortunately for us, Dave Dombrowski gave a general outline of what he will be looking for in the next manager. In his post-firing presser, he mentioned that the candidate is unlikely to come from within.

That comment seemingly rules out a candidate like Chili Davis or Gary Ddisarcina.

In terms of experience, Dombrowski said “I think managerial experience helps. I don’t think it’s a 100% necessity.”. He also mentioned the importance of being in the dugout as experience. The last time Dombrowski hired a field manager he was in charge of the Detroit Tigers. The coach he hired at the time was Brad Asmus. So maybe that means he will go on the younger side.

If he goes young in terms of experience here is the list of potential candidates:

  • Brad Asmus: Asmus was let go by Detriot after having a rather shaky first tenure as a manager. He was hired by Dombrowski and has plenty of connections to New England. He will land somewhere this offseason.
  • Alex Cora: Direct connections to Boston and knows how the media is here. Well respected by players and has coached in Puerto Rico and is the bench coach for AJ Hinch’s Houston Astros.
  • Jason Varitek: Obvious connections here. But he has no actual experience as a coach in the dugout. He has helped with player development and scouting as a special assistant to the gm in Boston. But chances are he isn’t in the conversation.
  • Hensley Meulens: Speaks Spanish, English (and other languages), has extensive coaching experience and serves as the hitting coach for the Giants. Has coached the Netherlands in the WBC. There has been a rumor that Major League Baseball is encouraging the Red Sox to hire a coach of minority status. Meulens fits that bill.

In terms of an older/experiences option, there are a few. There is an opportunity here for Dombrowksi. That opportunity is to convince the well respected Jim Leyland to come out of retirement. Leyland though doesn’t seem interested in coaching again and decline to come to Boston a long time ago.

Below are few options for an experienced field manager:

  • Leyland
  • Torey Luvullo: Had a 93 win first season at the helm of Arizona. Could be convinced to leave to come back to Boston.
  • Joe Girardi: Could be on his way out of New York. Is a noted good in-game manager.
  • Ron Gardenhire: Former Twins manager and currently a bench coach for the Diamondbacks. This kind of smells to me though.

What way will Dombrowski go with is anyone’s guess. This process can take awhile with the team needing to lock down a list and start the interview process. According to Dombrowski he always has a list of people for every position he might have to hire for. So, in theory, this could happen fairly quickly.

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