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Tyler Flowers on MLB's DV policy: 'We all take it serious'


Tyler Flowers on MLB's DV policy: 'We all take it serious'

SEATTLE -- The speed with which Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association developed its joint agreement on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse didn’t surprise Tyler Flowers.

The MLBPA representative for the White Sox, Flowers said the policy that was rolled out Friday to punish any players or personnel involved in domestic violence has been a hot topic since last offseason at the MLBPA meetings.

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Following several high profile NFL cases before the 2014 season, MLB and the MLBPA have been adamant they wanted to get a policy in place as quickly as possible. While no minimum or maximum penalty is listed among the guidelines, there is at the least a plan in place for Commissioner Rob Manfred to doll out the appropriate punishment if necessary.

“Just to get in front of it a little bit is always a good thing to show that Major League Baseball and the players as a unit care enough to spend time and effort to formulate a plan just in case anybody does find themselves in this predicament,” Flowers said. “Hopefully we don’t ever have to use it, but it’s good to have something there.”

“We all take it serious.”

The NFL and its commissioner, Roger Goodell, had a tumultuous offseason in 2014 after Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson made national headlines with their involvement in high-profile incidents. Goodell received criticism for his handling of Rice’s punishment, which was increased from two games an indefinite suspension.

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MLB’s policy covers potential treatment and intervention, investigations as well as “training, education and resources.” Both Manfred and MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark spoke about the policy at the All-Star Game last month and said the two sides would have an announcement shortly.

“Major League Baseball and its clubs are proud to adopt a comprehensive policy that reflects the gravity and the sensitivities of these significant societal issues,” Manfred said in a press release. “We believe that these efforts will foster not only an approach of education and prevention but also a united stance against these matters throughout our sport and our communities.”

Said Clark: “Players are husbands, fathers, sons and boyfriends. And as such want to set an example that makes clear that there is no place for domestic abuse in our society.  We are hopeful that this new comprehensive, collectively-bargained policy will deter future violence, promote victim safety, and serve as a step toward a better understanding of the causes and consequences of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.”

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

Chicks dug the White Sox on Saturday.

The South Siders hit four home runs in their 8-3 dismantling of the Tigers at Comerica Park. Tim Anderson stayed red-hot with a pair of long balls, Jose Abreu went deep in addition to his pair of doubles, and Daniel Palka made some interesting history with his long ball (see below).

We'll let our stat guru Chris Kamka take it from here.

Since their 10-29 start the White Sox are a respectable 6-4. Days at the plate like Saturday sure help.

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.

The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.

Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.

Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.

Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.