Astros fire assistant GM Taubman


The Houston Astros just fired their assistant GM Brandon Taubman - saying an investigation revealed he did, in fact, direct inappropriate comments toward female reporters during a locker room celebration.

The Astros "proactively assisted" Major League Baseball in an investigation over the last two days, the team said in a statement disseminated on Thursday.

Taubman was referring to Astros relief pitcher Roberto Osuna, who previous year served a 75-game suspension for violating MLB's domestic violence policy and whose signing by Houston has come under fire from domestic violence awareness advocates.

The move comes three days after news broke of an incident following Houston's ALCS win over the Yankees on Saturday, when Taubman repeatedly yelled "Thank God we got Osuna! I'm so fucking glad we got Osuna".

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While Luhnow said Taubman's comments are out of character with what the organization stands for and don't speak to a cultural issue, his decision to approve the statement on Monday night and his comments on Thursday would say otherwise.

One reporter was wearing a bracelet for domestic violence awareness.

Luhnow said the Astros originally believed, based on Taubman's account of the clubhouse incident, that it was a conversation among club employees that was overhead by the reporters. Major League Baseball also separately interviewed members of the media over the past 24 hours.

Earlier this week, Taubman conceded he used inappropriate language and was embarrassed by his behavior. The reporter in question had drawn Taubman's ire before, as he had voiced displeasure with her tweeting out the phone number of a domestic violence hotline during Osuna's appearances, per NPR.

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"The Astros in no way meant to minimise the issues related to domestic violence". He received a contract extension last month.

"Accordingly we have terminated Brandon Taubman's employment with the Houston Astros".

An executive of the Houston Astros, who are playing in the World Series, has been sacked for "inappropriate" comments made towards female reporters.

He was promoted to manager of baseball operations before the 2014 season, director of baseball operations in October 2015, senior director of baseball operations in August 2017 and assistant general manager in September 2018, tasked with major league administrative functions and oversight of analytics and pro player scouting.

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In its initial statement, the Astros had accused Sports Illustrated and its reporter, Stephanie Apstein, of "fabricating" and giving "misleading" information about the incident and defended Taubman, despite multiple reporters corroborating the incident. "We own it as an organization".