Thursday, January 07, 2016
The Blue Jays were using all these PEDs and couldn’t even win a division title????
Ahead of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s announcement of the class of 2016 on Wednesday, former pitcher Roy Halladay tweeted his stance on allowing alleged PED users into the Hall.
“When you use PEDs you admit your not good enough to compete fairly!” Halladay wrote. “Our nations past time should have higher standards! No Clemens no Bonds!”
Halladay was referring to widespread suspicion that pitcher Roger Clemens and slugger Barry Bonds used performance-enhancing drugs during their playing careers.
After it was announced that Clemens and Bonds failed to garner the necessary votes for election for the fifth year in a row—Clemens received 45.2% of the vote and Bonds earned 44.3%—Clemens issued a statement, according to Mark Berman of Fox 26.
“I was asked to comment on the subject of the Hall of Fame once again by some of my friends in the media,” Clemens said. “I will say thank you again for those who took the time to vote. I have distanced myself from the subject and have moved on. Having said that, what is disheartening is getting a call or a text from family or friends about an ill informed player making an asinine statement. The latest coming from a former Blue Jays pitcher.
“Just to enlighten him, he was accused of using amphetamines by the ‘strength coach.’ You should be very careful when putting tweets out while not having your facts on the matter at hand.”
Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman have each sued Al Jazeera America, reporter Deborah Davies, and hurdler Liam James Collins today in federal court for Al Jazeera’s report on athletes and doping, which included both baseball players. In their lawsuits, Zimmerman and Howard both claim one count of libel and one count of false light invasion of privacy while laying out similar issues.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Bonds would be the clear choice.
In what promises to be a bombshell move, if executed, all-time great slugger Barry Bonds is under consideration to become Marlins hitting coach.
Team higherups have quietly been discussing this possibility for weeks.
Bonds, known as a brilliant tactician, has worked as a special spring instructor for the Giants on occasion. It isn’t known whether he’s willing to move across the country for such a hitting coach job, but he has been working on brandishing his image and has a keen love of coaching.
Frank Menechino is expected back, but the Marlins would employ two hitting coaches to accommodate Bonds.
Juan Nieves also is said to be among the top considerations for hitting coach.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Of the 549 BBWAA members who cast ballots for the Class of 2015, 231—a pretty decent sample size for our purposes—agreed to “go public” by having their names and votes listed on the association’s Web site. Ninety-nine were honorary (retired) members, the other 132 still active in covering the game.
Bonds (36.8 percent overall in the actual Hall election) and Clemens (37.5), in their third year of eligibility, each received about half of the 75 percent approval needed for enshrinement. Given the monstrous statistics they posted and their on-field deeds, such lukewarm support indicates how gravely many voters have taken their betrayal of the game.
But if we break that down by class of voter, a trend emerges. Of those who released their ballots to the BBWAA’s own Web site, only 25 of 99 honorary members (25.3 percent) voted for Bonds, compared to 69 of 132 active members (52.3). Clemens’ support showed a similar gap, 25.3 percent versus 51.5.
Bagwell likewise had more backers among active members, getting 68.9 percent from them to 57.6 percent “yea” votes from honorary ones. As for Piazza, he would have been inducted in August with Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio if determined solely by the current writers. They backed the former Dodgers and Mets catcher at an 83.3 percent rate, compared to 68.7 percent from honorary voters.
The pattern is likely to gain traction, too, as more honorary members lose their votes each year and additional newer writers qualify. Understandably, even media people want to see their particular generation of stars validated, those players they watched and covered. The Hall obviously has plenty of financial and institutional skin in the game. It needs baseball heroes on the stage for its annual induction ceremony, fresh plaques for its standing-room-only attendance all summer. And it soon might run low on the cleanest candidates, though Ken Griffey Jr. is expected to sail in this year without much whiff of cheating.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
It’s not Theo. It’s not Maddon. It’s Manny!
The Cubs view Ramirez as equal parts sage, hitting instructor and life coach, particularly for the club’s stable of young Latin players. He has been especially crucial for Soler, who does not have access to his family and speaks little English. Players notice Ramirez roaming with the Latin contingent at the ballpark and away from it.
“Manny has done a wonderful job in the background,” Cubs Manager Joe Maddon said. “A lot of it has to do with our young Hispanic players. He does a great job with them. He does a great job in general, but I’ve always been a big believer in the Hispanic culture regarding having a coach specific to that group who they could really relate to. … I watch what he does. I don’t just stare him down, but I know what he’s doing all the time. And it’s been pretty special.”
Ramirez serves in part as an interpreter between Cubs hitting coach John Mallee and the team’s Latin players. Ramirez can chime in with his own advice, and he has the understanding of both language and hitting to translate Mallee’s message.
Seems like he’s a real asset. Unless everyone tests positive for PEDs in the middle of the NLCS. Probably not likely, but . . .
Thursday, September 17, 2015
I guess in his view the drop in homers since testing started is purely coincidental.
Those leading the PED witch hunts now have to cope with the fact that the Brewers’ right fielder hasn’t tanked post-PEDs. This poses significant problems for the PED narrative. How does one hold that Braun’s numbers during his prime were a sham, now that he’s once again performing near his career norms? Does one plug one’s ears and ignore this season? Does one push in all the chips and baselessly assert that he must be back on the juice? How does one pick and choose which negatively-testing players are actually positive without defaulting to dislike or he fits the narrative?
Posted: September 17, 2015 at 11:24 AM | 57 comment(s)
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Oh sure, he has played most of his career, 87% of his games as a DH, but then again, Hall of Famer Frank Thomas played 56% of his games as a DH.
The real separator for Ortiz, just in case anyone still has their doubts, is his playoff resume.
He has dominated the postseason, winning three World Series championships for the Red Sox. He hit .295 with a .409 on-base percentage and .553 slugging percentage in 82 postseason games. Oh yeah, and he was the MVP of the 2013 World Series and 2004 ALCS.
If you want to punish him for the anonymous, confidential drug test, which he insists was simply careless buying nutrients, it’s simply wrong. He wasn’t even buying androstenedione, the performance-enhancing drug Piazza and McGwire admitted to taking, which had not yet been banned by baseball.
Stop the nonsense.
I think that voters will probably end up applying a standard based on smoking guns (i.e. Papi’s failed test or Pettitte’s admission of the veracity of Mitchell vs mere conjecture for Bagwell or Piazza.) As to Ortiz’s candidacy, it’s virtually impossible to tell the story of early 21st century baseball without him and that’s as good a reason as any. I’m surprised Edgar Martinez doesn’t come up more in DH discussions.
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