Showing posts with label barry bonds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label barry bonds. Show all posts

Saturday, February 7, 2009

More Info on the Alex Rodriguez Steroid Scandal

Looks like Canseco was right, A-Rod did use the juice along with 103 other players in 2003. Of course when Canseco pointed the finger it was disregarded, it seems like Jose was just trying to make a quick buck. Remember when he denied it on national television?:

Facts in Report
  • The drug that A-Rod tested positive for is Primobolan which is an expensive anabolic steroid that improves strength. 
  • In '04 the tests were supposed to be random due to more than 5% of the league testing positive the previous year. In the report however Gene Orza, the chief operating officer of the players union, was said to have warned Rodriguez and a few other high profile players that thier test was coming up in 2 weeks.
  • Here is an interesting paragraph straight from the SI article:
Arguments before an 11-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena are ongoing between government prosecutors and the players' association over the government's seizure of the test results from the Long Beach lab. The agents who collected the material had a search warrant only for the results for the 10 BALCO-linked players. Attorneys from the union argue that the government is entitled only to the results for those players, not the entire list. If the court sides with the union, federal authorities may be barred from using the positive survey test results of non-BALCO players such as Rodriguez in their ongoing investigations.
A-Rod, in the coming years was set to take the tarnished home run throne currently held by Barry Bonds. He was going to set things right, strip Bonds of one of the most coveted titles in baseball and do it all with no enhancement. Even if this report is not true (highly unlikely), A-Rods reputation is forever smeared. He will continue to be one of the best players in baseball, make the big bucks and be loved. This report causes doubt and the only way to clear this doubt is to just come out. Tell the world the truth, denying it will only make things worse. Apologize, say that is the last time you have done it and it was a huge mistake. If A-Rod doesn't try to put things right he is in for a world of hurt.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Why the Yankees Should Sign Barry Bonds...

The top ten Major League Baseball players in lifetime OPS (with at least 3,000 plate appearances through 2007, active players in bold) are:

  1. Babe Ruth, 1.1638
  2. Ted Williams, 1.1155
  3. Lou Gehrig, 1.0798
  4. Barry Bonds, 1.0512
  5. Albert Pujols, 1.0402
  6. Jimmie Foxx, 1.0376
  7. Hank Greenberg, 1.0169
  8. Todd Helton, 1.0138
  9. Rogers Hornsby, 1.0103
  10. Manny Ramírez, 1.0023

The top ten single-season performances in MLB are (all left-handed hitters):

  1. Barry Bonds, 1.4217 (2004)
  2. Babe Ruth, 1.3818 (1920)
  3. Barry Bonds, 1.3807 (2002)
  4. Barry Bonds, 1.3785 (2001)
  5. Babe Ruth, 1.3586 (1921)
  6. Babe Ruth, 1.3089 (1923)
  7. Ted Williams, 1.2875 (1941)
  8. Barry Bonds, 1.2778 (2003)
  9. Babe Ruth, 1.2582 (1927)
  10. Ted Williams, 1.2566 (1957)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Richie Sexson Is Not The Answer

In the post below this, Charlie applauded the Yankees signing of Richie Sexson. While it's true that he may help out against lefties, he probably won't do too much. I'm not really against the signing, but at best Sexson will add about half a win. Maybe. The Yankees are averaging 4.59 runs per game, good for 15th in the majors, and 8th in the AL. This middle of the road performance is far from what was expected, and it can't continue if the Yankees want to make the playoffs. Obviously there is room for improvement. Derek Jeter, Bobby Abreu, Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera are all having sub-par seasons and could theoretically improve. There has been a lot of speculation about trading for Ichiro, Matt Holliday, Xavier Nady, etc. These are all solid options, but there is one player who could be had for a lot less in terms of money and prospects: Barry Lamar Bonds. True, he hasn't played baseball in a while, but he wants a contract, so he has been staying in shape. Give him two weeks in the minors and he should be ready. After all, he's one of the best hitters ever. He had a 1.045 OPS last year. It's safe to say he will regress from that mark, maybe by a lot, but would .850 be a safe estimate, wouldn't it? That's basically Matsui, so there you go, Bonds is the replacement, and he doesn't cost Phil Hughes or Austin Jackson. If Bonds doesn't produce, he can be cut easily, since he will be making the pro-rated minimum.

Called It!

As I said in an earlier post it would make some sense for the Yankees sign Richie Sexson. Since our blog has such a high importance in the Yankees decision making, the organization has come to a tentative agreement with Big Sexy. As I said before this will improve the bombers hitting against left handed pitching. The better move would be to sign the Big headed Bonds but the Yankees stupidly stated that they are not interested in Barry Bonds.