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Disturbing

Yesterday was a sad day in the history of the Houston Astros. Commentary is trying to remember if any H-Town sports team has ever made a move like the one made yesterday. Disturbing. Disgusting

I guess if you put together a World Series Championship team, you get to bring in a player with a domestic violence past. Some lines you don’t cross, but the Astros just did. They gave up the high ground in my book. I lost respect for Jeff Luhnow.

When Astros shortstop Julio Lugo hit his wife in the 2003, the team released him. That move was applauded. That is what zero tolerance really is.

A lot of teams passed on pursuing Roberto Osuna. I wish we had done the same.

Here is what Chron sports columnist Jenny Dial Creech said in her column today:

By definition, a zero-tolerance policy is one that gives uncompromising punishment to every person who commits a crime or breaks a rule. Osuna was arrested in Toronto on May 8 and charged with assaulting a woman.

On Monday, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said he was “confident that Osuna is remorseful.”

So the zero-tolerance policy is in effect only for those who aren’t sorry?

This sends a very bad message.

And this:

In a text on Monday evening, one Astros player said, “I was surprised to see this move made, and I think it’s going to be really uncomfortable. I trust the organization, but this move doesn’t make sense to me.”

Another player said in a text, “We’ve talked about it among ourselves and want to be positive, but if more comes out and he’s done these terrible things, I don’t know how that will go.”

Here is her column: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/columnists/dialcreech/article/Apparently-zero-tolerance-policy-has-a-fluid-13118322.php.

Here is from today’s Chron:

In a statement, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow called the “due diligence” done by the organization’s front office “unprecedented” while vetting Osuna. Luhnow added the 23-year-old “will fully comply with our zero tolerance policy related to abuse of any kind.”

I wonder if that due diligence included in-depth discussions with women who are experts on domestic violence or victims of domestic violence.

Here is from yesterday’s twitter world:

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Jeff Sullivan‏ @based_ball 51m51 minutes ago

 

according to sources the Astros are getting Roberto Osuna and giving up Ken Giles, a prospect or two, and much of what remained of their organizational integrity

Buster Olney‏Verified account @Buster_ESPN 53m53 minutes ago

 

As with the Yankees’ decision to trade for Aroldis Chapman at the time that went down: The Astros must fully own their choice to take Roberto Osuna, no matter what details emerge in his case. They cannot hide behind ‘We didn’t know.’

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Astros By The Numbers‏ @astro_numbers 58m58 minutes ago

 

Roberto Osuna for his career: 223 IP, 2.87 ERA, 2.64 FIP, 24.5% K-BB rate. But numbers be damned as this trade makes me really cringe. No defense on this one. 

Brian Arbour‏ @bkarbour 27m27 minutes ago

 

My response to the Astros acquiring a domestic abuser. I made the donation in honor of Roberto Osuna’s victim. I encourage other Astros and baseball fans to do the same.

Terry Cushman‏ @cushmanMLB 1h1 hour ago

 

Roberto Osuna just got traded to the Houston Astros per @Ken_Rosenthal Ken Giles will go to Toronto in the deal. So basically… Houston traded a reliever who beats himself for a reliever who beats women. What a world.

Keegan Matheson‏Verified account @KeeganMatheson 15m15 minutes ago

 

Astros GM Jeff Luhnow says in statement that Roberto Osuna will comply with their “zero tolerance policy related to abuse of any kind.” The bullshit-free version: Houston is resetting his clock to ‘zero’ because, frankly, all they really care about is clean 9th innings.

Chris Thomasson KIII‏Verified account @ChrisThomasson7 40m40 minutes ago

 

Not a good look at all for the Astros trading for Roberto Osuna, who is due in court soon on domestic violence charges. Yes the bullpen needed to be upgraded, but at what cost? Houston’s brass will need to answer that question.

Dan Elvis‏ @danelvis1 59m59 minutes ago

 

Roberto Osuna would not have been traded had he not committed a horrible act of violence. Now he’s been ‘rewarded’ with a chance to win a World Series. Good that he’s gone but this doesn’t sit right.

Gareth Bush‏ @garethbush 24m24 minutes ago

I don’t care how good Roberto Osuna was/is, it was going to be impossible to cheer for that guy in a #BlueJays uniform.

Mark Berman‏ @MarkBermanFox26 5m5 minutes ago

 

Jeff Luhnow on Roberto Osuna: “He’s 1 of the elite relievers in our game. He has incredible command of multiple pitches.He can shut down the middle of the order of any offense in baseball..He’s a weapon that can make us better.On the baseball side this is 1 of the elite pitchers”

We didn’t need to make this move.

Disturbing. Disgusting.

 

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