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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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Posted: January 14, 2014 at 10:15 PM | 204 comment(s)
Michael Weiner knew that PEDs were bad for the game, potentially worse for the user and worst for the non-user who’s struggling with the question “to do it” or “not do it.” Instead of squelching debate from within the union like Fehr did, Weiner protected potential users from themselves and allowed the staunch anti-PED player to have a loud voice. Bud Selig didn’t necessarily have the support of the players, Michael Weiner did. Weiner believed he negotiated a fair deal to rid the game of PEDs. ...Read More...
A motion filed Monday on behalf of Clark seeks dismissal of the defamation lawsuit filed by Pujols in October. The suit followed comments Clark made on his St. Louis radio show, “The King and the Ripper Show,” in August. Among other things, Clark said he knew “for a fact” that Pujols was “a juicer.”
. . .
Clark and his WGNU-AM show co-host Kevin Slaten were fired within days of the comments, and the station’s owner broadcast a lengthy apology and posted similarly contrite statements on its ...
His name is Buck.
The Mariners have agreed to a one-year contract with catcher John Buck, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The deal is worth $1 million.
Buck, 33, hit .219/.285/.362 (84 OPS+) with 15 home runs in 431 plate appearances for the Mets and Pirates… Buck will be tasked with backing up and mentoring young Mike Zunino with Seattle.
“Part of his legacy is the establishment of the toughest anti-doping rules in all of American pro sports.”
Though many people in his sport are still skeptical, baseball commissioner Bud Selig told ESPN.com he is “100 percent” committed to retiring in a year and that he hopes to visit all 30 parks in his final season…
“I want to talk to season-ticket holders and fans,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of people to thank.”
That idea came about, he said, in part because several clubs reached out to him ...
Whatever Happened to the Walk of Fame? Here’s Gabrielle James’s five-step plan for revamping the process…
The Milwaukee Brewers announced yet another shutout in their annual Walk of Fame balloting on Tuesday…
Since 2007, only two candidates have been voted onto the Brewers Walk of Fame—Lew Burdette in 2010 and Johnny Logan in 2013…
Here are the voting totals:
The District Attorney
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 03:31 PM | 39 comment(s)
1. Crazy Crab (Giants)
2. Chief Noc-a-Homa (Braves)
3. Original Pirate Parrot (Pirates)
4. Twinkie the Loon (Twins)
5. Charlie-O (A’s)
6. Ribbie and Roobarb (White Sox)
7. Bernie Brewer (Brewers)
8. Dandy (Yankees)
9. Junction Jack (Astros)
10. Rootin’ Tootin’ Ranger (Rangers)
The District Attorney
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 02:56 PM | 48 comment(s)
Adam Rubin: “In fairness, Jordany Valdespin got upset because Ronny Paulino pinch-hit for him.”
Here’s MLB Nation with details of the ex-New York Met’s latest spat with authority:
Infielder Jordany Valdespin has decided to leave his team, Tigres del Licey, of the Dominican Winter League, reportedly infuriated after being pinch-hit for in a playoff game this past weekend. The news was first reported by Dominican radio show Grandes En Los Deportes (Spanish Twitter link), co-hosted by ESPN ...
Smitty, your take?
And I thought this was fast stacking!
Wait a second. The Players Association argued that the maximum penalty was 50 games as a first violation, but that Section 7.G.2 provided the “governing framework”? And that Section 7.A. — which does contain the 50-100-lifetime penalty scheme — doesn’t apply when there has been “continuous use or possession of multiple substances”? Frankly, that doesn’t make a lot of sense, and it makes me wonder if the Players Association didn’t clearly ...
The article goes into some depth about how biological passport testing works and how it’s a vast improvement over the old method. I’m sure that it is, and I fully support MLB enhances its anti-doping efforts. It’s a credit to Tom Verducci to research this and write a layman friendly article like this.
...but golly gee damn, sometimes I just wish we were talking about the merits of RBI and W-L. Hopefully, as testing continues to improve as it seems to, doping will become ever ...Read More...
Rod Riguez lasted longer on the Billboard charts…
If Rodriguez is done in the majors, he would be eligible for the 2019 ballot. Assuming none of the other notables who announced that they would be hanging up their spikes — or at least considering it — decides to mount a comeback, the field of first-time candidates on that ballot would be headed by all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera and would also include two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay, Yankee-dynasty staple Andy Pettitte, and ...
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 12:56 PM | 83 comment(s)
Guys, I’m serious, Neifi Perez is going to have a legacy.
When Neifi Perez tested positive three times in a short period for the same drug, it counted as three positive tests, even if it was for the same substance. Shyam Das, the arbitrator at the time, held that each positive test was a violation subject to separate discipline. This, union sources said, infuriated the MLBPA to the point that in the next round of collective bargaining, the joint drug agreement included a provision that a player ...
Know Your Product!
“Australia continues to be a robust growth market for Rawlings,” said Kurt Hunzeker, senior director of global brand marketing for St. Louis, Missouri-based Rawlings. “As a proud partner of the ABL since its inaugural year in 2010, Rawlings is committed to doing everything we can to help grow the game across the continent. Coupled with Major League Baseball opening the 2014 Championship Season in Australia, Rawlings’ new partnership with Baseball Australia provides us a ...
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 09:12 AM | 1 comment(s)
Alex Rodriguez took an energy cocktail on Mondays and a therapy cocktail on Fridays.
He used a special cream in the morning, and a testosterone cream in the evening.
He took testosterone lozenges before games “as needed.”...
describes in detail the shadowy life — and complicated diet — of a big-league doper who juggled four injections with two muscle treatments, two skin creams, two lozenges, and six oral doses. And that was just “PHASE 1,” according to the report….
Destroy-Oh-Boy!: Up For A Downslide.
Rodriguez charged that the union “completely abdicated” its responsibility to him. He had particularly sharp criticism for Michael Weiner, the universally respected former executive director of the MLBPA, who died of brain cancer less than two months ago.
For Rodriguez to disparage Weiner in that way, with the union still mourning his loss, was one of the most revolting acts I’ve witnessed in baseball. (Weiner never explicitly declared Rodriguez’s ...
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 07:17 AM | 57 comment(s)
MLB started publishing its top ten list by position. Bogaerts is number one at short.
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 06:27 AM | 21 comment(s)
Robothal has it…
Boras, the former agent for Alex Rodriguez, was agitated as he spoke on the phone, telling FOX Sports that baseball is wrong to prosecute players while entering relationships with their suppliers.
...“The integrity of the game is only partially served when a known pusher is exonerated, when the genesis of this entire problem is now given a forum and compensation and is not behind bars for the distribution and promoting the use of illegal drugs, not only to baseball players ...
Posted: January 14, 2014 at 05:50 AM | 25 comment(s)
Lena Blackburne and a White Sox scout work together to prevent Blackburne from having to play for the Browns. Pittsburgh Press, January 14, 1914:
“Now,” said [the scout], “there is an ivory hunter from the St. Louis Browns here, and he is looking you over. You don’t want to appear with that bunch of dubs, so, as a favor to me, put on these cheaters.”
The Chicago scout handed Blackburn a pair of heavy rimmed spectacles equipped with plain window glass, which he obligingly put on.
“What did ...
Monday, January 13, 2014
The Nationals reached an agreement with starter Stephen Strasburg on a contract to avoid an arbitration hearing, a procedural move that, due to the timing, suggests a harmonious relationship between the Nationals and their 25-year-old ace.
Strasburg will earn $3.975 million on his one-year deal, plus a possible $125,000 performance bonuses, which means he could top out at $4.1 million, according to a person familiar with the situation.
He made $3.9 million last season, his final annual ...
Posted: January 13, 2014 at 08:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
1) Chase Utley (L)
2) Jimmy Rollins (S)
3) Domonic Brown (L)
4) Marlon Byrd (R)
5) Ryan Howard (L)
6) Carlos Ruiz (R)
7) Cody Asche (L)
9) Ben Revere (L)
In that lineup, the Phillies would avoid lefties back-to-back except in the case of Revere and Utley, and Revere’s an atypical lefty anyway who’s better at hitting same-handed pitching in his career (.300) than right-handed pitching (.277).
Batting Revere ninth would also limit his GIDP opportunities if Ruiz or Asche got on ...
Here’s the filing.
Alex Rodriguez has turned on his own union.
In an effort to nullify the 162-game suspension he received on Saturday for his alleged involvement with Biogenesis, the Yankees’ beleaguered superstar filed a new lawsuit in Manhattan federal court Monday that names both Major League Baseball (and commissioner Bud Selig) and the MLB Players Association as defendants…
The lawsuit details several complaints in which Team A-Rod alleges the union, long viewed as one of the most ...
AGAIN…The Groinoids got passed over!
But the Hot Stove was also imagined as a neat way to bring the worlds of baseball and rock ‘n’ roll together, and many previous outings have included ballplayers who play music in their spare time, like Bronson Arroyo. This year’s version had no active or retired players that we’re aware of, but fans did get to hear Chicago Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper belt out a most invigorating version of Warren Zevon’s “Lawyers, Guns and Money.” (Note to Don Orsillo: ...
Posted: January 13, 2014 at 04:52 PM | 1 comment(s)
The Twitter is not promising, but let’s be fair: it’s still an improvement.
The Cubs will introduce the team’s first official mascot in modern history as young “Clark” makes his debut Monday night during a visit with children at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center’s pediatric developmental center…
The new mascot was created as a response to survey feedback and fan interviews, the team said in a statement. People wanted more Cubs-related family-friendly entertainment at Wrigley Field, and ...
Graham explains…“A couple years ago, a longtime minor league statistician named Bill Weiss died with a house full of priceless historic baseball artifacts. A fellow I know through SABR spent two years going through the collection so that it could be preserved and donated.”
At first glance, the thing that jumps out about the questionnaire is the neatness and precision of penmanship. In ornate cursive, on a legal-sized sheet dated July 18, 1977, about a month after the San Diego Padres drafted ...
Posted: January 13, 2014 at 04:27 PM | 1 comment(s)
Bob Lozenge at YES Network ain’t swallowing this!
If what Bosch said is true — that Rodriguez juiced before games but his system was clear of banned substances in time for post-game tests — it obviously calls into question the effectiveness of Major League Baseball’s drug-testing program. But beyond that, it begs the question: How much did Bosch’s drugs actually help A-Rod?
Assuming Rodriguez actually tried to cheat with banned substances, he deserves to be suspended. But based on the ...
Posted: January 13, 2014 at 04:11 PM | 26 comment(s)
Billy McMillon is available.
The Orioles have some interest in adding both Delmon Young and Jack Cust on minor league deals, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. Each player will be at the Orioles’ minicamp tomorrow to see if there’s a potential fit on a non-roster deal, according to Kubatko. Baltimore also has some interest in a reunion with Mark Reynolds, though nothing is hot on that front for now, according to Kubatko (All links to Twitter).
Following the precedent set in The World v. The Seinfeld Finale.
A U.S. District Court judge rejected Alex Rodriguez’s request Monday to file a redacted version of a complaint to overturn the arbitration award that would have sealed arbitrator Fredric Horowitz’s written decision on why he hit Rodriguez with a season-long suspension…
“Given the intense public interest in commissioner’s Selig’s disclosures last night it’s difficult to imagine any portion should be under seal,” Pauley said, citing ...
I think Alabama is going to greatly regret hiring Kiffin as OC, unless they have an aesthetic fetish for the bubble screen—which is the only play Kiffin knows how to call.
Maybe Dusty Baker should have looked in Bosch’s eyes?
The 60 Minutes report (Part I and Part II), in case you have not seen it yet, will make you dislike everyone more. Everyone. No matter how much you may dislike Alex Rodriguez, Tony Bosch, Bud Selig or Rob Manfred, it is guaranteed that by the end of this thing your opinions of them will have dropped substantially. You will like your dog less after seeing this thing.
Is it worth the trip?
Baseball decided: Yes. Absolutely it’s worth it. ...
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