In December, a Minnesota photographer said that Twins third baseman Miguel Sanó assaulted her after a photograph signing at a store where she volunteered. According to her account, which she posted on Twitter, Sanó first flirted with her during the signing and afterward grabbed her wrist and tried to force a kiss on her. Sanó denied this, and MLB said it would investigate. Today, MLB announced the results, which were that it had “insufficient evidence” to discipline Sanó. Here is the full statement from the league.
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball has completed its investigation into an assault allegation made against Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sanó. The comprehensive investigation included interviews of more than 20 individuals, including Sanó and the complainant, as well as a review of available documents, including communication records. At the conclusion of the investigation, the Office of the Commissioner found that there was insufficient evidence to support a disciplinary determination against Sanó, due to conflicting and inconsistent witness accounts and the absence of contemporaneous substantiation. Barring the receipt of any new information or evidence, the Office of the Commissioner will not impose discipline on Sanó in connection with the alleged incident.
Sano’s team and union soon after came with their own statements. From the Twins:
“The Minnesota Twins fully support the joint MLB-MLBPA policy which governs serious matters of this nature. The Twins are pleased that the Commissioner’s Office has concluded its investigation with respect to Miguel Sano. Miguel can now return his sole focus to the season ahead. Per team protocol, the Twins will not comment further on this matter.”
And Sanó, via the MLB players union:
“I want to thank Major League Baseball for conducting a thorough investigation, and I’m happy to put this behind me,” Sano said. “I look forward to focusing on the upcoming season and playing alongside my teammates. I want to thank my family, friends, the Players Association, the Minnesota Twins and my fans for their continued support.”
At this point, it is good to remember that MLB is not an investigative unit or a court of law or, really, a court of anything. So unlike, say, a public courtroom, a public arrest affidavit, or a public court file, you and I have no idea who most of these “20 individuals” are or what they said to MLB or what the hell are those “available documents.” Maybe this was the best resolution. Maybe it wasn’t! And it’s hard to not notice how different this is from the league’s statement on Steven Wright, which gives no information about how many people they talked to or documents MLB reviewed. Because it’s just fancy language meant to make fans think that MLB—yes, the league that wants to pay minor leaguers a barely living wage, gave us an illogical war on steroids, and can’t even figure out how to make games not last forever—got it right. When in reality, we don’t and never will have any idea.