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Athletics Catcher Bruce Maxwell Arrested On Gun Charge

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It’s been a pretty eventful six weeks for Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell.

It all started on September 23, when Maxwell made national headlines by becoming the first- and only- Major League Baseball player to kneel for the National Anthem.

Maxwell was back at it less than a week ago, claiming that he was denied service by a pro-Trump waiter in his hometown of Huntsville, Alabama.

In an interview with TMZ Sports, Maxwell said, “He (the waiter) was like, ‘You’re the guy that took the knee?’ He goes, ‘I voted for Trump and I stand for everything he stands for.'”

Matt Henry, the 42-year-old Keegan’s Public House waiter, denied Maxwell’s allegation.

“He is outright lying. This is really upsetting as he was given full service, I didn’t even know who Bruce Maxwell was. This all started because I carded his friend who wanted to order a beer.”

Now, Maxwell’s making the news again- this time for something much more serious.

Multiple outlets on Sunday reported that Maxwell was arrested Saturday night at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, after police received a call about an individual with a gun.

Maxwell allegedly pointed his firearm at a female food delivery driver, and was booked on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct.

TMZ Sports is credited with the initial report of the arrest.

Here’s Maxwell’s booking photo:

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According to the New York Post, Maxwell showed signs of intoxication (which is easily seen in the photo above) during his run-in with the cops, as well as yelling often and making anti-police statements.

Maxwell, 26, hit .237 in 219 at-bats for Oakland in 2017 with three homers and 22 RBIs.

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Rays Recall Austin Meadows

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled outfielder Austin Meadows to their active roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Tompkin.

In addition to Meadows, right handers Austin Pruitt and Chih-Wei Hu, along with lefty Hoby Milner, will be joining the big league roster.

Meadows, 23, posted a  .292/.327/.468 line over 165 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, prior to being sent over in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

 

 

 

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Orioles’ Adam Jones Discusses Vetoed Trade, Free Agency

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Baltimore Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones has seen the organization undergo a major rebuild, and have traded away pieces to start from scratch. Jones was expected to be traded but it has been reported that the veteran exercised his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade that would’ve sent him from Baltimore to the Phillies shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline.

“It just wasn’t right for me” Jones said, during an interview with Sara Perlman of MASNsports.com.

“I was playing center field at the time, and they wanted me to go play right field and platoon. That was the situation there, and it’s understandable. That’s how their roster was constructed, and that’s National League ball — double-switch and all that kind of stuff. … It wasn’t the right move for me, especially going into free agency. I’m not going into free agency looking like I’m [Nolan] Arenado, [Manny] Machado or [Bryce] Harper — obviously not — but I want to continue to create and maintain my stock. Going there to platoon, obviously in a good environment, a winning environment, would’ve hurt me in the long run. If I was 36, 37, a little older and toward the end of it all, of course — that would’ve been a very ideal and smart move, because it’d make sense. … I wish the Phillies the best, because I believe they have a really good team.”

Jones also discussed his pending free agency, adding, “Whoever wants me to run around [in the outfield] for them, whether it’s center, right, left, I could care less. I just want to play.”

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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