This is a weird story.
Jason Wood, the agent who at one point represented Cody Asche, has been fired by CSE Talent after allegations surfaced that he secretly filmed clients when they were using his shower.
A player who chose to not be identified recently discovered the camera in Wood's shower and called him out on it before promptly firing him, according to FanRag Sports.
"For over 32 years, CSE Talent has prided itself on our moral and ethical standards and have built a solid reputation within the industry. We take pride in working with people who represent these values," CSE President Danny Martoe said in a statement. "It's unfortunate that CSE Talent aligned itself with someone who didn't uphold these same standards, and therefore we chose to terminate with cause Wood's employment."
The MLB players' union is investigating Wood, who led CSE's baseball division since last April. The union, which certifies agents, said it will give Wood a chance to respond.
In addition to the ex-Phillie Asche, Wood also previously represented Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi and Mariners reliever David Phelps.
On opening day, the Phillies' odds to win the National League were 40/1.
A week before the trade deadline, they are 6/1, according to Bovada.
The Phils have come a long, long way since those final few days of March and the national perception of this team has changed completely.
As of Thursday, the only two teams with shorter odds to win the NL pennant were the Dodgers (3/1) and Cubs (7/2). These odds were released after the Dodgers acquired Manny Machado.
It's interesting to see the Phillies so high on the list, even though they entered Sunday's doubleheader a dozen games over .500 and with the NL's second-best record. Vegas obviously expects the Phillies to add a piece or two before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
The other reason the Phils' odds are shorter than those of the Diamondbacks (15/2) and Brewers (8/1) is that the Phillies are favored to win the NL East. So even if teams like Arizona and Milwaukee have more talent or end up with a better record than the Phillies, those clubs would most likely be participating in the wild-card game. The Dodgers and Cubs are heavily favored to hold on to win their divisions.
The Phillies are narrowly favored to win the NL East. They are +155, while the Braves are +165 and the Nationals are +200. (This means that a $100 bet on the Phillies would win you $155.)
The Braves entered Sunday a half-game behind the Phillies. They've won two in a row after losing eight of 10.
As for the Nationals, things just keep getting worse. Washington is a game under .500 at 48-49, and they've taken L's both on and off the field this weekend. There was the dugout confrontation between Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg on Friday, and then the news Sunday that All-Star closer Sean Doolittle is dealing with a stress reaction in his foot that will keep him out at least another few weeks.
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Saturday night’s Phillies-San Diego Padres game has been postponed because of rain.
The game will be made up Sunday as part of a separate admission doubleheader.
The start of Sunday’s regularly scheduled game (game 50 ticket) will be moved from 1:30 p.m. to 12:05 p.m. Gates will open at 11:05 a.m.
The makeup game (game 49 ticket) will start at 6:05 p.m. According to the team, fans holding tickets for Saturday night's game may use them for Sunday night’s 6:05 p.m. game. Fans unable to attend that game may exchange them for any remaining home game this season.
Vince Velasquez and Nick Pivetta will be the Phillies’ starting pitchers in Sunday’s doubleheader. Pivetta will start Game 1 and Velasquez will take the mound for Game 2.
The Phillies returned from the All-Star break and posted an 11-5 win over the Padres on Friday night. That game began a stretch of 19 of 29 games against non-contending teams for the Phillies.
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