Barry Bonds Newsbeat
Friday, August 28, 2015
Baseball arbitrator Frederic Horowitz has ruled in favor of MLB in the case in which Bonds claimed he couldn’t get a playing job following the 2007 season due to a concerted effort by MLB to keep him out of the game, CBS Sports has learned.
Bonds’ career ended at the time, when no job was forthcoming.
The ruling, made within the last few days, came in the form of an opinion written by Horowitz, who heard Bonds’ case back in May.
Bonds, with the assistance of union lawyers, tried to make the case through circumstantial evidence that MLB’s powers must have colluded against Bonds, as no free-agent players coming off an excellent year fails to get a job.
Posted: August 28, 2015 at 01:17 AM | 52 comment(s)
Thursday, July 30, 2015
What about Omar Vizquel for Carl Yaztrzmski with the sideburns?
9. Albert Pujols to the Expos—2000
The St. Louis Cardinals found themselves in a pickle in 2000. Looking for young arms to add to the organization, St. Louis struck up a deal with the Montreal Expos to send Britt Reames and another player to Montreal for two pitchers. They just had to decide who to send: Fernando Tatis or Albert Pujols. Obviously, the Cards sent Tatis and the next season Pujols won NL Rookie of the Year before becoming one of the best players in Cardinals’ history during his stint with the organization.
Posted: July 30, 2015 at 03:52 PM | 15 comment(s)
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
“On the bright Sunday afternoon of March 18, 1984, Randy Johnson took the mound for the University of Southern California at Arizona State University’s Packard Stadium.
He was among the most interesting collection of sports figures ever assembled on a college baseball field.
The game featured two players who would break the major leagues’ single-season home run record (one still holds it). One would become an NFL linebacker and head coach, another would eventually be a major-league manager. Then there was a center fielder deemed the best player of all of them, a seeming Hall of Famer in waiting.
Oh, and the umpires included a Phoenix resident who would become the first (and still only) woman to rise to the ranks of Class AAA baseball, one notch below the big leagues.”
Plus ASU’s 4th outfielder, a kid named Mike Devereaux who was the only team-member not to vote the starting left fielder off the team, because he didn’t want to get his starting job that way.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
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.
Posted: May 13, 2015 at 06:59 PM | 102 comment(s)
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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.
Posted: May 12, 2015 at 06:21 AM | 162 comment(s)
Friday, April 24, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
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.
Clemens, Piazza, and Bonds will get into the Hall of Fame. It’s not an if, it’s a when.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
$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.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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