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 Joe Maddon is opting to remain at a distance while MLB investigates domestic violence allegations against Cubs shortstop Addison Russell."I'm not involved in that at all David Wright Jersey ," Maddon said Tuesday on 670 The Score'sBernsteinMcKnight Show. "It's a league situation. There's a process in place to deal with this between the players' union and MLB and of course Addison's involvement too. I'm totally not in that picture right now."In aposton her personal blog, Russell's ex-wifeMelisa Reidy-Russell alleged the 2016 All-Star had been emotionally and physically abusive toward her:"Emotional/verbal abuse started way before I even realized, eventually it started to be an everyday thing. Being blamed for just about anything that went wrong, name calling, intimidating me with personal force, manipulating me to think I was the problem, destroying my personal things, threatening me to 'send' meour son home to my parents as if I was privileged to be living in our home. Basically, I felt like I was nothing, a nobodyI was nothing without him,I couldn't do anything without him. After he would calm down from his angry spells, I'd always get the most sincere apologies, making me believe how sorry he washe's working on bettering himself."Maddon told 670 The Score he hadn't readReidy-Russell's post and didn't plan to because "anybody can write anything they want these days with social media, blogging, etc." He's awaiting the full results of MLB's findings into the matter.In astatementthrough the MLB Players Association http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-wheeler-jersey , Russell called the allegations "completely false."MLBplacedRussell on administrative leave in wake of the allegations. The leagueinitially launchedan investigation into similar allegations against the 24-year-old in 2017 and left the case open.Although Russell's stay on administrative leave ends seven days after it's triggered, MLB can move to extend the designation for another seven days until it's ready to make an official ruling.Houston Astros closer Roberto Osuna was on administrative leavestartingMay 8 after he was charged with assault in Toronto. He remained there until MLB officiallygave hima 75-game suspension June 22, with his time on administrative leave counting toward his suspension. CLEVELAND (AP) — Terry Francona’s emotions are still raw and real. The postseason pain hasn’t subsided just yet.Still feeling a “sting” after another successful season for Cleveland ended in disappointment and well short of a World Series title, Francona tried to explain on Wednesday why his team looked so overmatched against the Houston Astros.Francona didn’t have all the answers — and he got annoyed at one point while defending star Jose Ramirez — but if October has taught anything to the two-time Series winner with Boston, it’s that only one manager won’t get second-guessed when the playoffs end.“When you win you’re smart, and when you lose you’re dumb,” Francona said. “That’s kind of the way it is. You have one chance to do it, so you do it to the best of your ability and you have the confidence to come answer the questions and move on. But also move on trying to learn from what you didn’t do good enough.”The Indians weren’t close to being good enough against the Astros, who had little trouble sweeping the AL Central champions in three games. Houston outscored Cleveland 21-6 and outhit, outpitched and simply outplayed the Indians in every aspect.Francona didn’t offer any excuses for his team’s lackluster performance, but he got defensive when pressed about second baseman Jose Ramirez, whose late-season slump carried into the AL Division Series.Ramirez went hitless in 11 at-bats, continuing a slide that began in mid-August and cost the All-Star any chance of being named MVP this season.“He got himself into a predicament and he couldn’t get himself out of it,” Francona said. “It’s hard to figure out because a guy can be that good, that dominant and then he just couldn’t get … he kept peeling off balls even when he got pitches to hit. He kind of peeled off and he knew it and he watched video and he just couldn’t get the feeling of staying through the ball.”And while Ramirez Mookie Wilson Jersey , who batted .167 after Aug. 19, wasn’t the only player who struggled — the Indians batted .144 as a team against the Astros — he became an almost automatic out in a lineup that had counted on him most of the season.Francona stiffened when a reporter said Ramirez “killed” the Indians.“What do you mean it killed us? ” Francona snapped. “We won the division by 15 games.”Francona said Ramirez tried to make adjustments, but they didn’t work. Francona was then asked if one of his coaches should be held accountable for one of the team’s top hitters failing.Again, Francona bristled.“I think that’s a reaction,” Francona said. “I think maybe you would like that. Let me answer. That to me is a very reactionary move. It’s a small sample, and it hurt like crazy losing. Yet, we were probably in the upper tier in just about every offensive category.”Team president Chris Antonetti pointed out that the Indians outscored the Astros, and general manager Mike Chernoff added that Cleveland finished third in the AL in runs.Francona said he expects all of his coaches to return, but believes some on his staff could be interviewed for jobs elsewhere.Beyond Ramirez’s issues, Cleveland’s leaky bullpen, which was a constant headache for Francona, must be addressed in the offseason.Cody Allen, the team’s career saves leader, former All-Star reliever Andrew Miller and left-hander Oliver Perez are all eligible for free agency. Antonetti said it’s possible Danny Salazar, Nick Goody and Cody Anderson http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-lenny-dykstra-jersey , all of whom were all sidelined by injuries this season, could come back and help in relief roles.Cleveland’s rotation is set with Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and Mike Clevinger all under contract (the Indians have options on Carrasco in 2019 and 2020), so Antonetti and Chernoff don’t have to worry about chasing free agent arms.The biggest offseason challenge may be closing the gap to the defending champion Astros, who seem on another level.Francona doesn’t think Houston has anything Cleveland lacks.“They won 101 games, we won 91. I think their division was better. So over the course of a long season, they were better than us,” he said. “That doesn’t mean you can’t win a short series. Their two starting pitchers we faced the first two days were virtually unhittable. If you kind of simplify it, we got three hits off of their first two pitchers, and I actually thought we had a pretty good approach. We didn’t chase much. If we’d have chased, we might not have gotten any hits. We were pretty disciplined in the zone.“Their stuff was off-the-charts good. You can talk about intangibles, you can talk about analytics. Analytically, those first two guys are really good. That makes you look a lot smarter.”


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