MLB Could Suspend Former Astros Exec Taubman, Fine Team
The Astros late last week fired Assistant GM/Player Evaluation Brandon Taubman, and now he is "likely to receive a suspension from MLB," which would "go into effect if he ever gets another job in baseball," according to sources cited by Jeff Passan of ESPN.com. Sources said that the Astros also "could be handed a fine" for Taubman's behavior after the team won the ALCS, for its "first statement, or both" (ESPN.com, 10/25). MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said that the league office would "continue conversations" with the Astros regarding the incident that resulted in Taubman's firing. Speaking before Game 3 on Friday, Manfred "declined to characterize the nature of those conversations." He also "declined to say whether more disciplinary actions might follow." Manfred said that the league would "address the matter publicly when the conversations he referenced are finished and any further decisions related to the matter are made." He added that there was "no timeline on the next phase of the inquiry" (ESPN.com, 10/25). Manfred: "I would say that there are a variety of issues. I'm not going to narrow it to the statement or any of those." In N.Y., Sherman & Davidoff noted Astros Owner Jim Crane sat in the team's dugout "briefly during pregame batting practice" on Friday and "wouldn't discuss the scandal at length" (N.Y. POST, 10/27).