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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Rostering Bonds just wasn’t worth it in ‘08 | FOX Sports

Players don’t get signed on skill alone. Every year some players get signed because they are good guys in the clubhouse. At the same time, players with greater talents get dropped. Bonds still had some skill left in 2008. Unfortunately for him, on the scales that teams use to evaluate players, his personality and baggage outweighed his remaining talent. In 2008, he just wasn’t worth the trouble any more.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2015 at 06:59 PM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Barry Bonds working on lawsuit accusing MLB teams of collusion - CBSSports.com

No, this isn’t from The Onion.

All-time home run king Barry Bonds is working on a lawsuit against MLB regarding his claim of collusion by teams that prevented him from obtaining a playing job following the 2007 season, people with knowledge of the case said.

Bonds has long contended that a collusion of MLB owners effectively ended his career following the ‘07 season, when he set the career home run record.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 06:21 AM | 162 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, giants

Friday, April 24, 2015

Oh, Barry Bonds, How Could We Have Doubted You? - NYTimes.com

You won’t like Juliet Macur when she’s angry.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 02:38 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, rants

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Posnanski: The Best Pitcher In Baseball History

Poz’s selection may angry up the blood.

How good was Roger Clemens? Well, yesterday I pointed out that his career is better than Sandy Koufax and Johan Santana.

But Matthew Namee — who was once Bill James’ research assistant — does me one better. He sent Tom Tango a comparison that shows that Roger Clemens is, basically, Sandy Koufax PLUS Pedro Martinez, the two greatest short-career pitchers in the game’s history.

How does he figure that? Start with Pedro:

Clemens in Boston: 81 WAR, 56 Wins Above Average, 2776 innings.
Pedro career: 86 WAR, 61 WAA, 2,827 innings…

Now, let’s bring in Koufax.

Clemens after Boston: 58 WAR, 39 WAA, 2,141 innings.
Koufax career: 53 WAR, 31 WAA, 2,324 innings…

I guess it comes down to this: Everyone gets that, whatever role PEDs played in it, Barry Bonds played baseball at a level that would put him in the conversation with Ruth, Mays, Charleston and the rest for greatest player ever. Whether he deserves to be in that conversation  — whether his performance was, in Bob Costas’ word, “authentic” — is opinion, but nobody doubts that Bonds really was that good.

What people will miss is that Clemens — whatever role PEDs played in his success — is not only in the conversation for greatest pitcher ever. He IS the conversation.


Nightengale: Barry Bonds is free, so punch his ticket to Cooperstown

Clemens, Piazza, and Bonds will get into the Hall of Fame. It’s not an if, it’s a when.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:01 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, hall of fame, mike piazza, roger clemens

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Barry Bonds’ obstruction of justice conviction overturned

$55 million of your tax dollars, all for this.

or obstructing justice, a development that could help the former San Francisco Giants slugger win a place in baseball’s Hall of Fame.

The decision by an 11-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals leaves prosecutors without a single conviction against Bonds, who was the subject of a years-long investigation into illegal steroid use and was tried in 2011 in a federal court in San Francisco. The jury hung on perjury charges and convicted Bonds only of obstruction for giving a long-winded answer.

In an unsigned 10-1 ruling, the court said there was insufficient evidence that Bonds’ rambling reply was material and that he may not be retried….

“In this particular case, we must determine whether a single truthful but evasive or misleading answer could constitute evidence of obstruction of justice,”  Judge N.R. Smith wrote in another concurrence, signed by three judges. “It could not.”

Congress could not have intended that the obstruction law apply so broadly, Smith said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 22, 2015 at 07:47 PM | 98 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, legal, obstruction of justice, peds

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Nicolai Bonds | Jeff Pearlman

Jeff Pearlman interviews Barry Bonds’ son. It’s an interesting read.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 30 comment(s)
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