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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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. ...
Mitch Moreland didn’t know what to expect after the Texas Rangers acquired Prince Fielder from the Detroit Tigers. And he really still doesn’t.
Moreland admitted his 2014 destination could change by Opening Day, but for now he’s preparing himself for a utility-type role with the Rangers next season.
And that’s your definition of a slow weekend in baseball. But I’m not posting it for its high news content. My thought is this: Moreland is an interesting player. He’s just ...Read More...
Posted: January 13, 2014 at 09:47 AM | 45 comment(s)
Washington Herald, January 13, 1914:
“Will you tell me how I am going to sign up Germany Schaefer to a contract when he is galloping around the world with the White Sox-Giants tourists” inquired Manager Griffith last night.
“I want Schaefer with me during the coming season, but unless he gets a contract before February 1 (and I don’t know how I am going to get one to him), he can declare himself a free agent.”
“If I could definitely locate Schaefer on the high seas,” said the Nationals’ ...
The gap between haves and have-nots has been a joke for two decades, and it’s outright laughable now that MLB is the only one of North America’s major leagues without a salary cap.
Defenders of the current way will point to a broad variety of teams having participated in recent World Series. They’ll especially leap at the chance to stress when a low-revenue team like the Marlins or Brewers or, yes, the Pirates occasionally will pop their heads above water. What goes unmentioned is that those ...
Posted: January 13, 2014 at 06:24 AM | 66 comment(s)
Baseball World Still on Fire: Saving an Endangered Field! (fiction aisle)
Every society has laws against crime, but no one expects an end to crime; it’s a continuing problem that must be aggressively deterred and punished. So it is with the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports.
There will always be people who want so badly to gain a competitive edge that they are willing to cheat, even at great personal risk to their health. There also will be those who see profit in meeting that ...
Posted: January 13, 2014 at 05:56 AM | 19 comment(s)
Taking a break from listening to the “Blue Barron: The Zych Years” box set…Madden finds time to zing.
Alex Rodriguez may think he’s still in control here; may think he can further wreak havoc on the Yankees by reporting to spring training; may think, in the meantime, that his hotshot lawyers, who have so far done nothing for him other than pick his pockets for tens of millions of dollars, will find some federal judge to grant an injunction to halt his 162-game suspension.
Through all this ...
Posted: January 13, 2014 at 05:37 AM | 63 comment(s)
Sunday, January 12, 2014
This is worse than the misspelling in the “Geter’s in Jail” report!
In advance of Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch’s appearance on “60 Minutes” Sunday, the Major League Baseball Players Association blistered Major League Baseball and chief operating officer Rob Manfred for violating the confidentiality of their collectively-bargaining drug program and for continuing to “publicly pile-on Alex Rodriguez.” The union also said it was considering legal action against MLB.
...“It is ...
Posted: January 12, 2014 at 06:54 PM | 80 comment(s)
Voices hum, crooning over Jason Bay…
Jason Bay’s rapid ascent to stardom in the big-leagues was matched by an equally rapid decline that has him all but officially retired, a sad end to one of the top baseball careers ever enjoyed by a Canadian.
“I haven’t filed papers or anything yet, but I don’t really see a scenario where I would play this year or beyond, really,” the 35-year-old from Trail, B.C., told sportsnet.ca Saturday. “I had some offers, and an offer to play in Japan, ...
Posted: January 12, 2014 at 02:48 PM | 30 comment(s)
Holland retold the events during a telephone conversation Saturday, saying he injured his left knee by falling down a few stairs while playing with his dog, Wrigley, on Tuesday morning.
Police believe Alpo, hall were involved.
Posted: January 12, 2014 at 12:59 PM | 4 comment(s)
You gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the fillies.
While serious [Collective Bargaining Agreement] talks are likely more than two years away, sources say that the union already is preparing for management to pursue an aggressive, ambitious strategy… The players, to be sure, are more vulnerable than in the past — and both sides know it.
The union is under new, less experienced leadership. It seems willing to ...
I bet more money was bet on Cam Newton vs. Colin Kaepernick than Le Batard vs. the BBWAA.
MLB remains wildly successful as an industry, particularly in the areas of advanced media and local television, but the past few days have underscored the need for a cultural shift.
The juxtaposition in sports is striking, between the traditional national pastime and present national infatuation. Football has its vices and ills — concussions, brutality, gambling, and, yes, PEDs — but they hardly ...
Posted: January 12, 2014 at 07:20 AM | 31 comment(s)
Wheeling out the old Coleman Xtreme cooler…
Thinking they had the next Bo Jackson, the Cardinals turned down the chance to draft Frank Thomas.
In the first round of the June 1989 baseball draft, the Cardinals, with the sixth pick, selected outfielder Paul Coleman of Frankston (Texas) High School.
With the next pick, No. 7, the White Sox chose Thomas, a first baseman from Auburn University.
...The Cardinals had rated Coleman the fifth-best player in the draft, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ...
Posted: January 12, 2014 at 06:59 AM | 71 comment(s)
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Dowling v. United States Baseball Fans (copywrong laws)
But, back to Biggio and those two votes.
One of the guys who failed to think of the seven-time All-Star as Hall of Fame material…Jerry Dowling. Dowling used to draw cartoons for both The Cincinnati Enquirer and the Cincinnati City Beat.
Oh, and why didn’t he vote for Biggio? Simply put, Dowling thinks Biggio is a cheater.
Craig Biggio, the Houston Astro second baseman, fell two votes short. One of those could have been mine. I refuse ...
Posted: January 11, 2014 at 10:48 PM | 46 comment(s)
“Frenchy for Governor of Brohio”
“Delta flies to Columbus but not Cleveland. I think this is an omen.”
The Indians just announced that they have signed outfielder Jeff Francoeur to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training…
Francoeur, who turns 30 on Wednesday, hit rock bottom last season by batting just .204/.238/.298 with three home runs and 17 RBI over 81 games between the Royals and Giants. His .536 OPS was third-lowest in MLB among players with ...
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