Padres GM suspended 30 days by MLB

Padres could face discipline after hiding players’ medical information from MLB database – ESPN
In a significant deviation from standard practice within the sport, San Diego Padres officials instructed their organization’s athletic trainers to maintain two distinct files of medical information on their players — one for industry consumption and the other for the team’s internal use, multiple sources have told ESPN.

MLB Suspends Padres GM A.J. Preller 30 Days Without Pay
Major League Baseball has suspended Preller 30 days as a result of the trade that sent Drew Pomeranz to the Boston Red Sox. We’ve yet to find out if further punishment for other trades will be coming as well.

AUDIO: Buster Olney On Padres “MLB Is Extremely Unhappy With What Went On”
ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney on MLB’s investigation of the Padres trades and medical database, what teams came forward and what repercussions could hit the organization.

Preller problems stain, stagger Padres – San Diego Union-Tribune
No matter what happens moving forward after the news that Major League Baseball suspended General Manager A.J. Preller, the stench of mistrust is assaulting front-office nostrils coast to coast.

Baseball benched Preller for the Padres’ handling of medical records related to the Drew Pomeranz deal with the Red Sox, the third time the man in charge of San Diego’s on-field future has found trouble with the commissioner’s office.

VIDEO: Darren & Marty On Preller Suspension, If Dee Is Next & Must Win For Chargers vs. Jaguars
Darren Smith and Marty Caswell on MLB suspending Padres GM A.J. Preller, if Mike Dee’s Padres days are numbered and why it’s a daunting must-win game for the Chargers versus the Jaguars.

AUDIO: Bryce Miller: “It’s Believed To Be The Harshest Penalty For A GM Maybe In The History Of Baseball”
Fellow columnist for the Union Tribune, Bryce Miller joins Kevin Acee to discuss the penalty handed down earlier today by Major League Baseball on Padres GM AJ Preller. Listen here!

Padres got what they paid for in suspended A.J. Preller – FOX Sports
One exec went so far as to equate Preller’s actions to “fraud,” contending that the damage extended to other franchises that wanted to trade pitching to the Padres’ eventual partners — the Red Sox, Marlins and White Sox — but lost out to a GM operating in a duplicitous fashion.

VIDEO: Road To Sunday – Clock Is Ticking On Mike McCoy
Joe Tutino and Jay Paris break down what went wrong for the Chargers against the Chiefs and preview the team’s home opener against the much improved Jacksonville Jaguars.

Chargers’ Ken Whisenhunt: Second-half freezing of Melvin Gordon not intentional – ESPN
The Chargers did not make a conscious effort to go away from giving the ball to Gordon in the second half. Whisenhunt said San Diego had an effective personnel grouping including Danny Woodhead that got the offense into third-and-manageable situations in the second half.

VIDEO: Melvin Gordon On Talented Jaguars Defense & Stepping Up After Loss Of Keenan Allen
Chargers running back Melvin Gordon on the Jaguars defensive depth and stepping up as an offense after losing Keenan Allen for the season.

Lawyer: Derrick Rose Said He Doesn’t Know What Consent Means – Deadspin
The woman who says Derrick Rose and two friends raped her in 2013 spoke to reporters again Thursday, a day after granting interviews to the Associated Press, New York Daily News, and Think Progress. Alongside her lawyers and activist Katherine Redmond Brown, Jane Doe answered many questions about the night she says she was raped and why she wants to remain anonymous. Her lawyers also presented the argument that not only was their client incapacitated to the point she couldn’t give consent, but that Rose might not have understood what consent was.

Sardinas surges, shows off everyday potential –
Since joining the Padres, Sardinas is batting .328/.400/.463 — a far cry from his career .234/.281/.301 slash line. It’s easy to say he’s a candidate for regression. But his stint with the Padres also marks the first time in his career that Sardinas has received consistent playing time.

Cubs clinch National League Central title with Cardinals’ loss to Giants – USA Today
The champagne in the Chicago Cubs clubhouse was already stashed away. The police barricades lined up outside Wrigley Field were dismantled. The Cubs’ party room was empty.

The Cubs clinched the National League Central Division title Thursday night, but no one was around to celebrate it.

USC’s Osa Masina charged with first-degree rape, forcible sodomy – Sports Illustrated
USC linebacker Osa Masina has been charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree forcible sodomy according to police in Utah.

Masina, who has been suspended from the football team and banned from campus, surrendered to police later this morning. Bail was reportedly set at $250,000.

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