McDaniel: Transaction analysis: violence

From Rachael McDaniel at Baseball Prospectus on August 1, 2018:

Earlier this week, the Blue Jays traded their closer, Roberto Osuna, to the Astros, getting Ken Giles, Hector Perez, and David Paulino in return. The Astros, en route to another postseason run, got one of the game’s very best and youngest relief pitchers to close out games for them. He has two years of control left on his contract. So does Giles, whom the Jays hope will benefit from a change of scenery and return to the form that has made him one of baseball’s best closers over his five major-league seasons. Toronto also got two prospects out of it. In baseball terms, both teams got what they wanted.


According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, over one in four women and one in nine men in the United States will experience violence from an intimate partner. That’s a lot of people. That’s probably someone you know. Someone in your immediate circle of friends, someone you work with and talk to every day.

This is not an uncommon thing. It is an everyday occurrence. And for every one of those people having violence inflicted upon them by someone they care about, there is someone they care about inflicting the violence. Victims of domestic violence are normal people living normal lives in the world, and so are the people who commit domestic violence. Victims and abusers, abusers and victims—both are statistically likely to be among your friends and colleagues and the people you talk to about sports online. Not in theory, and not as some mental exercise, and not as a point you take in a debate.

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Originally published: August 1, 2018. Last Updated: August 1, 2018.