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Elsewhere ... Indignation
2003-04-23 13:53
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Honestly, I meant today to be only about Gagne and good things. I'm really sorry to have gone negative again.

Anyway, here's an interesting counterpoint to the Mota situation. From The Associated Press:

Daytona Cubs player injured protected osprey with ball

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A minor league pitcher might face animal cruelty charges for injuring a protected bird with a thrown baseball.

Jae-kuk Ryu, a 19-year-old South Korean pitcher for the Class-A Daytona Cubs, knocked an osprey from its perch during pregame practice Monday night.

The male bird sustained a serious eye injury. Ospreys are recognized by the state as a species of special concern, meaning their habitats are vulnerable. Anyone who wounds or kills an osprey can be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500 and 60 days in jail.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating and plans to submit its findings to the state attorney's office next week, spokeswoman Joy Hill said.

``We've received a number of calls from an outraged public. I just talked to one woman; she wants him deported,'' Hill said. ``People have zero tolerance for this kind of thing.''

The Chicago Cubs, who signed Ryu two years ago, are conducting their own investigation to determine how the pitcher will be punished.

``I can assure you it would be more than the average citizen will receive,'' farm director Oneri Fleita said. ``The average citizen certainly wouldn't be demoted or docked pay or fined or whatever it might be. It was certainly something we don't condone, and we will make sure that the matter is rectified to the best of our ability.''

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