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 […]

I feel safer

If there was any more evidence that the federal government’s steroids crackdown is driven primarily by headlines, look no further than this: Barely more than a week after Major League Baseball suspended Phillies reliever J.C. Romero for 50 games for using a banned substance, the laboratory that produced the nutritional supplement that the left-hander claimed […]

The Clear

Yahoo!’s Jonathan Littman has a major story today about the legal status of “The Clear” at the time Barry Bonds was asked about it in the course of his grand jury testimony, and suggests that this fact may prove problematic for prosecutors: It could explain why Barry Bonds’ attorneys believe the grand jury questions to […]

Not to get too political, but . . .

I won’t shed tears if and when Rogers Clemens gets indicted, but a reader over at Talking Points Memo has a pretty good point: Doesn’t it seem a little odd that when you have a ball player (Roger Clemens) who lies to Congress about steroid use in baseball, the U.S. Attorney for DC convenes a […]

Power Cricket

While we’re of a mindset these days that all of the power hitting since 1993 or so is a function of PEDs, hitting for power can be, to some extent, a choice. Sure, PEDs happened (and are happening) and small ballparks and other things have contributed greatly to increased power numbers, but players making a […]

The clock strikes 11 for Roger Clemens

In my past life (read: the job I had until a little over a week ago) I occasionally represented clients who were subject to federal criminal investigations. All of these guys were under the microscope for a year or more, having their records subpoenaed, having their phones tapped, and having their friends and neighbors interviewed […]

More on Romero and Mitre

There is a lot of he-said-she-said about the Romero and Mitre suspensions. To help clear up things — or muddy things, depending on your point of view — Jason at IIATMS spoke with agent Matt Sosnick about L’affaire (L’affaires?) Mite and Romero. Check it out.

Romero’s Suspension

Peter Gammons has a very detailed piece about J.C. Romero’s 50-game suspension for taking, well, something: Three months after Romero was tested before a Phillies-Mets game on Aug. 26, the players’ association sent a Nov. 21 letter to players that stated, “We have previously told you there is no reason to believe a supplement bought […]

Pants No Longer on Fire

You may still think that Selig and Fehr are liars, but Congress doesn’t: The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said Tuesday that it was satisfied with the explanations provided by Commissioner Bud Selig and Donald Fehr, the executive director of the players union, about the accuracy of their testimony and that of other […]

Dueling Defamation

Nearly a year after Roger Clemens sued Brian McNamee in Texas, Brian McNamee has sued Roger Clemens in New York: Roger Clemens’ former personal trainer – the man who ratted out the Rocket to the feds over alleged steroid use – is suing his ex-client for $10 million, claiming the former Yankee hurler defamed him. […]

Great Moments in Public-Private Synergy

From page SR-7 of the Mitchell Report: I sent a memorandum to every active player in Major League Baseball encouraging each player to contact me or my staff if he had any relevant information. . . . Through their representative, the players Association, I asked each of them to meet with me so that I […]