Orza Must Be Fired

I’ll have more on this tomorrow, but if this report from Jon Heyman is correct, Gene Orza should resign or be fired first thing in the morning, and the whole of union leadership should rethink everything they’ve said and done with respect to PEDs over the past seven years: That list would have been long […]

And it begins

Sometimes I wonder if anyone understands that the New York Yankees are in the baseball business rather than politics or public relations: Nine more years. Nine long, bold-headlined years. That is how much longer the Yankees are contractually obligated to put up with always-something Alex Rodriguez. With his celebrity distractions, his need to be noticed, […]

A-Rod did Steroids

This is somewhat huge: In 2003, when he won the American League home run title and the AL Most Valuable Player award as a shortstop for the Texas Rangers, Alex Rodriguez tested positive for two anabolic steroids, four sources have independently told Sports Illustrated. Rodriguez’s name appears on a list of 104 players who tested […]

Deep Thoughts

Because I planned on, you know, having a regular job and everything by now, I hadn’t pitched anyone on the idea of sending me out to California in March to cover the Barry Bonds trial. Now that I still have free time, however, it seems like a splendid idea. Because more people read these posts […]

Clemens and Bonds

Allen Barra — with the help of J.C. Bradbury, David Ezra, and even Bob Costas — explains why, whatever we may think of Roger Clemens, there is no denying that he was a Hall of Famer before his alleged PED use: The numbers support both Ezra and Bradbury. McNamee claims that Clemens’ use of HGH […]

Steroids Stoolie

The man who started the whole Radomski-McNamee wing of the steroids business has been outed by The Smoking Gun: The snitch recorded his phone calls with ballplayers, wore a wire to meetings with FBI targets, and ordered steroids and human growth hormone at the direction of federal agents. For a year, he expertly gathered information […]

Bonds Documents

For those interested — especially fellow shysters with a PACER login and password — here’s the mother lode of US v. Barry Bonds documents, pleadings, etc. I haven’t had a chance to really go over them in any detail, but my cursory review of it confirms what has been obvious for some time: the government […]

Great Moments in Self-Promotion

With the newspaper business in as much trouble as it is, you’d think that reporters wouldn’t do stupid things to hurt their credibility like consult blatantly unqualified sources for expert commentary, but they still do it all the time: Craig Calcaterra, a Columbus, Ohio, lawyer who applies his expertise and baseball passion to a blog […]

I hope they have something better than this

Further evidence that last week’s flurry of press releases from the Bonds prosecutors was more flash than substance: Jason Giambi told a federal grand jury in 2003 that he didn’t know whether Barry Bonds was taking banned substances and that he never gained any information about the home run king’s alleged drug regimen from his […]

The Price of Prosecuting Bonds

Neyer linked my bit about the feds raiding Greg Anderson’s mother-in-law’s house over in his Friday Filberts today, and he asks a good question: But on the other hand — and I should probably defer to Craig on these things, because he’s got a law degree and I don’t — perhaps a high-profile prosecution of […]

Loose lips sink ships

There has been a new piece (or several new pieces) of information leaked about the Bonds prosecution every day this week. We’ve had the raids on the Anderson in-laws, the steroid tests, and now the latest: Bobby Estalella and the Giambi brothers are going to testify. All of this has come from “a person briefed […]

20 Agents?

If the case against Barry Bonds was as good as everyone says it is, why are the feds scorching the Earth in order to try and get the testimony of someone they’ve know ain’t talking for years? FBI and IRS agents raided the home of Greg Anderson’s mother-in-law Wednesday in what Anderson’s attorney said was […]

Lie down with dogs . . .

The prosecutors in the Roger Clemens perjury case have already called Kirk Radomski before the grand jury, so one presumes that they intend to use him as a witness at any criminal trial against Clemens. They need to rethink that now: One week before Brian McNamee and Roger Clemens testified before a House committee at […]

Never fear, George Mitchell is here!

Several people notified me of the following development yesterday: President Obama moved swiftly to engage on the Middle East on Wednesday, calling Israeli and Arab leaders on his first morning in office and preparing to appoint a seasoned peace negotiator and former senator, George J. Mitchell, as his special emissary to the region . . […]

Somebody talked

Thanks to Michael S. Schmidt, I continue to enjoy not having to read Kirk Radomski’s new book. The latest revelation: Officials for Major League Baseball said Wednesday that in the early stages of its steroids-testing program it did not summon players to its offices to tell them they had failed drug tests. The denial came […]

Radomski Rites

I find that there is nothing less nutritious in life than quickie autobiographies of Warholian figures. These are people who are fleetingly famous for a very specific purpose, with said purpose capable of thorough exploration in the space of a mid-sized magazine feature. We nevertheless get full-blown books out of these guys for some reason, […]

Mark McGwire and integrity

Jack Curry had a good article yesterday about Mark McGwire and integrity, which is the reason why most of the people keeping him out of the Hall of Fame won’t vote for him. Curry makes a good point, however, and that’s that the integrity issue is really two-fold: (1) should McGwire be kept out of […]

Freezing out Clemens

I’m not Rogers Clemens’ biggest fan — never have been, dating back to the mid 80s, really — but I agree with Fred Faour that the ostracization of the Rocket has gotten a bit silly: Ask yourself: Did you cheer Roger Clemens when he pitched? Barry Bonds when he homered? Did you celebrate Mark McGwire […]