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Column: No matter the result of MLB’s investigation, the Chicago White Sox need to sever ties with Mike Clevinger


We don’t need to wait until the MLB investigation is completed to know Mike Clevinger is done in Chicago.

The newly signed White Sox pitcher, who is under investigation after allegations of domestic violence and child abuse by the mother of his 10-month-old-daughter, denied the disturbing accusations Tuesday through attorney Jay Reisinger, who called him a “loving and caring father.”

It will be up to MLB to determine whether Clevinger should be suspended, and if so, for how long. Then it will be on the White Sox to do the right thing.

The only real choice is to cut ties with Clevinger and take the “L.” Move on and try to forget the signing ever happened.

Clevinger won’t be able to recover from this, at least in Chicago, just as former Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer never had a chance to return to Los Angeles following his suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy.

The sooner the Sox realize this, the better it will be for the team, the fans and the city.

The Clevinger saga is certain to become a spring training distraction, whether management or players are allowed to talk about it or not. His probable absence won’t preclude the media from mentioning him, and how the Sox will deal with the hole in the rotation will be a storyline to follow for the entire six weeks.

This is a fork-in-the-road season for the Sox, and Clevinger simply can not be a member of that clubhouse if they hope to regain the trust of fans still reeling over the underachieving ways of 2022. With a new manager in Pedro Grifiol and most of the same cast of characters, the urgency to erase last season’s drama has never been greater.

General manager Rick Hahn addressed that fan angst near the end of ‘22 and noted that he, Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and executive vice president Ken Williams all agreed it was the “most disappointing season of each of our careers.”

“Look, this is going to have an effect,” Hahn said. “This is going to impact people. This is not a feeling that any of us want to experience again.”

The Sox made few major moves in the offseason, but Clevinger was the first free agent added to the roster and thus became one of their key additions. Now he’s their No. 1 albatross, and starting off the new season by sticking with him is begging for a repeat.

How much vetting the Sox did on Clevinger is another issue that needs to be examined by the organization but probably won’t. While they might not have known of the allegations when they signed Clevinger, as they said in a statement, the Sox obviously liked his character and believed he would be a good fit in the clubhouse.

Can they still think that now?

Many on Twitter have brought up the fact the Sox signed manager Tony La Russa in fall 2020 while knowing about his second DUI arrest. That wasn’t a case of bad vetting but of Reinsdorf wanting La Russa to …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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