The List is a (hopefully) weekly collection of my thoughts about the stuff I read and maybe enjoy in the world of baseball.
Zaun Fired for "Inappropriate" Behaviour
In news that surprises exactly no one, Gregg Zaun was fired by Sportsnet for "inappropriate behaviour", behaviour that is believed to be sexual harassment. The report from Sportsnet says that it's neither "physical or sexual assault."
It surprises exactly no one because Zaun has made a broadcast career of saying ridiculous things on the air for almost as long as he has been at Sportsnet. His public comments about Marcus Stroman this past summer confirmed Zaun's persona of being a firm believer in "old school" baseball, where players are hard-nosed and don't show off, and rookies get bullied into submission.
The firing brought out some classics:
I'll put aside the appalling spelling and grammar (Lol, indeed) and just focus on the content: the wrongheadedness of this is amazing. First- sexual harassment often consists of comments. For these women to come forward like this is plenty evidence to support the fact that they have plenty of spine.
Second, testosterone is not an excuse for people to behave in a way that is disrespectful and hostile. And sexual harassment is never really about sex, it's more often about exerting power over someone else. The gratification comes from that. Objectifying them, making them feel uncomfortable is all about keeping people in their place.
People are asking how men like Zaun can behave as they do. The reason is that no one has ever held them accountable.
And maybe now they are starting to.
His possible replacement?
He's telegenic (ie handsome) and well-spoken. He spoke out in support of Stroman during the season. He'd diversify the "panel of experts" Sportsnet runs out there.
I wouldn't be mad at it.
A Donaldson Trade Proposal
In this glacial offseason, a lot of talk has been circling about what the Jays should do with Josh Donaldson*. In October, Donaldson expressed a desire to stay long term with the Blue Jays. The front office has said nothing (obviously.)
Naturally, people want to speculate to fill the void.
It is , of course, total blasphemy. Hey, Darragh? Slap yourself because I can't reach you from here.
*What should the Jays do with Donaldson? They should love him, of course.
Otani Would Like to Visit Philadelphia
The Shohei Otani Sweepstakes continue unabated. MLB teams can now formally woo the Japanese superstar who some in the Japanese media call the "baby-faced assassin".
Nagatsuka describes Otani. It's basically baseball porn:
BTW, the New York Daily News has naturally decided that Otani will be a Yankee.
Gordon to be Honoured by Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame
The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announced this week that they would be honouring the late Alison Gordon with the Jack Graney Award for her contributions to Canadian baseball. She will be the first woman to win it.
Given the struggle female sportswriters have right now, one could imagine what Gordon went through in 70s and 80s when she was Blue Jays beat writer for the Toronto Star.
Word, Shaker. Word.
Attending Winterfest 2018
I got my ticket on Monday morning. I was acknowledged by the Mother Ship:
I've been saying for a few years that the Jays should have a Winter Fest and have it in the Rogers Centre (as opposed to the Eatons Centre, as they did in the past.) I consider this an important step.
So if you will be attending, look for me. I'll be the tall one escorted out for telling one too many that one stop in Vancouver is not a "Winter Tour." It's a "Winter Fest West."