NEW YORK – Chicago White Sox Pitcher Mike Clevinger is under investigation by Major League Baseball after alleging domestic violence.
Olivia Feinstead publicly revealed the allegations in an Instagram post. Clevinger, a 32-year-old right-hander and six-year major league veteran, agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract as a free agent, which was announced on December 4.
“MLB launched an investigation after becoming aware of these allegations,” the team said in a statement. The White Sox were unaware of the allegations or the investigation at the time of its signing. The White Sox will refrain from commenting until the MLB investigation process is complete.”
Jay Reisinger, Clevinger’s lawyer, issued a statement saying, “Mike vehemently denies the allegations made by Ms. Feinstead.”
“He never harmed Ms. Feinstead or his daughter,” Reisinger said. “We will not comment on Ms. Feinstead’s motives for making these false accusations. Her baseless threats and accusations have unfortunately escalated over the past few months, culminating most recently in deeply disturbing threats against Mike and Mike’s family. Her threats and the nature of her abusive behavior are well documented. The simple truth is that Mike didn’t do anything wrong. He is a loving and caring father. We have advised Mike not to comment on this matter.”
Feinstead said she was the mother of Clevinger’s child and claimed that he fathered two other children who were not her children. She posted a photo of marks on her body with accompanying words claiming the injuries were “from him throwing an iPad at me, pregnant” and “finally left when he strangled me.”
“Mike Clevinger,” she added, “you really deserve hell, I was silent for almost a year, and you continue to secretly mock your baby.” She said that Clevinger “threw saliva at our child.”
The Athletic reported that Feinstead told the publication that she notified MLB of her allegations last summer.
The Associated Press generally does not identify victims of domestic violence or sexual assault unless they agree to name them or make their allegations public, as Feinstead did.
Clevinger is 51-30 with a 3.39 ERA for Cleveland (2016-20) and San Diego (2021-22). He was 0-1 in a pair of postseason starts for the Padres.
Pitcher Dodgers Trevor Bauer was suspended for two seasons by MLB last April under a domestic violence policy following an investigation launched last July. Last month, a referee reduced the suspension to 194 games, and the Dodgers released the 2020 NL Cy Young Award winner. The suspension cost Bauer over $37 million of his three-year, $102 million contract through the 2023 season.
Bauer denied the allegations.
NEW YORK. Scott Rolen sat with his son in the parking lot of Indiana’s Bloomington South High School in 2018, waiting to coach high school basketball players while listening to the results of his first Baseball Hall of Fame ballot appearance on the radio.
“Daddy, I think you hit,” Rolen recalls predicting 10-year-old Finn.
Rolen received 10.2% of the vote, double the minimum of 5% to remain on the ballot next year, but well short of the 75% needed to be elected.
“We won?” – Dad remembered, asking his son. “I said, “Oh, we won. Yes, we won.”
Rolen has come a long way in a few short years and was elected to the Hall on his sixth try on Tuesday, a brilliant third baseman who won baseball’s highest honor with five spare votes.
A seven-time All-Star and an eight-time Golden Glove winner, Rolen was selected on 297 of 389 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers Association of America with a 76.3% vote. This made his modest debut of 10.2% the lowest first-round percentage of later-elected players; the previous mark was 17% in 1970 from Duke Snyder who was voted 86.5% in 1980.
“There was never really a point in my life where I thought I was going to be a Hall of Famer,” Rolen said. “I never thought that I would be called. I never thought that I would play in the big leagues. Will never be anyone.”
Rolen will join Fred McGriff, elected last month by the modern baseball era committee as the class of 2023, inducted July 23 in Cooperstown.
First baseman Todd Helton was second with 281 votes (72.2%) and reliever Billy Wagner was third with 265 votes (68.1%). Helton is up 52% and could have five more ballot appearances, while Wagner is up 51% and has two extra chances.
Rolen batted .281 with 316 homers and 1,287 RBIs for Philadelphia (1996-2002), St. Louis (2002-07), Toronto (2008-09), and Cincinnati (2009-12). He was unanimously selected as the 1997 NL Rookie of the Year and hit .421 as the Cardinals won the 2006 World Series.
His Hall vote has grown steadily to 17.2% in 2019, 35.3% in 2020, 52.9% in 2021 and 63.2% last year. He didn’t have to follow Ryan Thibodeau’s Hall of Fame Bulletin this year.
“My phone blew up every day from my son, my buddies and everyone who told me where it was,” Rolen said.
He waited for Tuesday at home in Bloomington – in 1993 he won second place in the Mr. Basketball competition in Indiana – with his parents, wife, son, daughter, brother and brother’s family.
“When the phone rang and I saw the Baseball Hall of Fame on my phone,” Rolen said, “you kind of look around like it really just happened.”
Everyone was crying, and a few minutes later Finn asked him to come out and throw a baseball.
“It’s 30 degrees here. There will be about 12 inches of snow tomorrow and my son and I were standing in the driveway playing catch,” Rolin said.
They then walked a short distance to his brother’s house to celebrate.
“I promised everyone great steaks no matter what, and I had to flip the tongs,” Rolen said. “Usually I was going to fry for everyone, but now my son-in-law is frying.”
Rolen played shortstop, second base, third, right field, center, left and pitcher in Jasper High School before settling in third in his sophomore or junior year. He will be the 18th third baseman in the Hall, the smallest of all positions.
“Most of the guys who moved to third probably ended up being shortstoppers,” said Chipper Jones, the previous third baseman who was drafted in 2018.
Rolen’s margin of five votes was the 12th largest among the players elected by the writers, and his percentage of the vote was the 10th largest.
Andrew Jones has moved up from 41.1% to 58.1%, Gary Sheffield from 40.6% to 55% in the penultimate possible appearance and Jeff Kent from 32.7% to 46.5% in the final year. Kent may be considered by baseball’s modern era committee in the future.
Players tainted by drug suspensions fell behind again. Alex Rodriguez scored 35.7%, up from 34.3%, and Manny Ramirez, 33.2%, up from 28.9%.
Eight blank ballots were submitted by eligible authors after 10 consecutive years of BBWAA membership.
Among the 14 players who first appeared on the ballot, only two have reached the 5 percent threshold to remain on the ballot next year. Carlos Beltran received 181 votes (46.5%), his total votes likely influenced by his role in the Houston Astros cheating scandal en route to the 2017 World Series title.
Embossed jug Francisco Rodriguez received 42 votes (10.8%).
Next year’s first-time contenders include Adrian Beltre, Joe Mauer, Chase Utley, David Wright, Joseph Baptist and Matt Holliday.
Rolen smiled broadly during the Zoom call, wearing an E5 cap, the unusual name for his foundation, which helps children and families facing illness, hardship or special needs.
“A little tightness in my chest all day,” he said. “It was, wow, it’s real.”