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Friday, July 31, 2009
What a delicious way to end the week:
Roger Clemens’ former personal trainer sued him Friday over allegations of steroid use, claiming the Major League Baseball star ruined his reputation by branding him a liar . . . The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, claims Clemens’ statements have “humiliated McNamee, destroyed his reputation, both personally and professionally, and caused him severe emotional distress.”
I think this suit has about as much chance at succeeding as Clemens' suit did. I mean think about it: irrespective of who was telling the truth and who was lying, how does a person show reputation damages when the only reason anyone knows who he is is because he was listed in the Mitchell Report as one of the most famous purveyors of steroids in the country, because he wrote an article in the New York times lying his ass off about it once, and because of some odd possible date-rate-drug sexual assault in a pool about which he later lied to police? How does that damages case even look?
"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury; my client was once thought of as a lying, drug dealing perv. Then along came Roger Clemens, who told the whole world that my client had never given him drugs! He's been ruined by this! Please, see to it that he compensated for the loss of his good name. Er, name."
It may be a bit light here this afternoon as, in about five minutes, I'll be over at Baseball Think Factory taking part in a live chat regarding the trade deadline. Since I know jack crap about player analysis, though, I may try to insert some righteous indignation over steroids issues into every comment. At least until I'm kicked out of the chat.
It's a major post, so I don't want to save it for "Exile":
Why the rest of the names cannot be released.
With all due respect to those people in the "release the names already" camp, anyone who is advocating for such a thing is both (a) selfish; and (b) ignorant as to what really has occurred here.
And in case you missed it last night: the leaker is the only one who should be outed here, and that only as a precursor to his own criminal prosecution.
Reader Michael Martin has a newish blog, and today he has a thought-provoking piece up. Inspired by a conversation he had with an unnamed former Chicago Cub who was himself once part of a midseason trade, Michael reflects on the often overlooked impact such deals have on the psyche of the player:
To the vast majority of the fans, players are simply components that affect the representation and winning capabilities of their hometown teams. If they under-produce, most don’t care if they’re dumped just like that. If they’re expendable, who cares if they’re gone, so long as they fill in a hole in the roster? Few of us stop to think what that means to the player. How it determines the rest of his season, his career, and the life of his family is rarely fathomed.
Michael's blog isn't all about baseball, but it's all pretty good stuff, so I encourage you all to have a click and read a bit while you wait around to see who gets traded today.
Red Sox 8, Athletics 5: Before the game Ortiz said this:
Today I was informed by a reporter that I was on the 2003 list of MLB players to test positive for performance-enhancing substances. This happened right before our game, and the news blindsided me. I said I had no comment because I wanted to get to the bottom of this.
The judges would have preferred the Costanza-esque "Was that wrong? Should I not have done that?" but they will accept the O.J.-esque "I'm going to search for the real killers" response as well. Either way, he wasn't so blindsided that it took him off his game, as his three run homer in the seventh put the Sox up for good.
Mets 7, Rockies 0; Rockies 4, Mets 2: Santana was fantastic in the first game (7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER 8K).
Cubs 12, Astros 3: That's 30 runs in three games for the Cubbies. Kevin Hart got the win and then was traded to Pittsburgh as soon as it was over. I'm pretty sure that Pittsburgh has been involved in every trade that has been made for the past week. Query: if they have so much desirable talent, why they hell do they suck so bad?
Orioles 7, Royals 3: Brad Bergesen gave up one run on seven hits in seven innings and got the win, but not before being knocked out of the game when a liner off the bat of Billy Butler smacked him in the shin. "The pain was bad. I wanted to throw up," Bergesen said. Tonight, as he elevates and ices the leg, he'll be updating this seemingly dormant web page.
Brewers 7, Nats 3: The Brewers win back-to-back games for the first time in a month. Yovani Gallardo allowed five hits and three runs while striking out 11 and walking nary a Nat.
Padres 7, Reds 4: Remember in spring training when some folks were picking Cincy as their dark horse contender? Nah, me neither. The Reds have dropped six of seven the Padres this season, which is as close to pathetic as you can get. Game story: "Outfielder Wladimir Balentien, acquired Wednesday by the Reds from Seattle for right-hander Robert Manuel, arrived in Cincinnati early Thursday morning and was in uniform." Early morning? Must have taken the Red eye. Get it? RED eye! Because he's joining the REDS! Ha! Um, er. Yeah.
Rangers 7, Mariners 1: Newark, Ohio's own Derek Holland had a shutout into the ninth, striking out ten Mariners and giving up only two hits. It may have been better, though, if he had given up a run earlier, because maybe then Ron Washington wouldn't have left the 22 year-old in for 118 pitches on a 90 degree night.
Braves 6, Marlins 3: Brian McCann with the three run dinger in the 10th! (I can use exclamation points there, because he plays for my favorite team; were it the Cubs or something, I would have used a period or would have written some dependent clause set off by dashes -- like this -- in order to tone it down a bit. But go Braves! Nice to salvage one!!!
Giants 7, Phillies 2: Rodrigo Lopez gave up eight hits and seven runs -- only three earned -- in four innings, mostly due to a Pedro Feliz error. Feliz used to play for the Giants. According to the game story, Ryan Garko was asked to provide information on Friday's starter -- Cliff Lee -- to the Giants, because Lee and Garko used to play for the Indians. Basically, no one can trust anyone in this series, and death and betrayal lie around every corner.
Dodgers 5, Cardinals 3: Guess what: Todd Wellemeyer doesn't work in relief either! To be fair, he didn't cause the 10th inning jam -- that was Dennys Reyes' doing -- but he did come in and give up the game-losing single, and I'm not sure why Tony La Russa decided that runners on second and third in the 10th inning was the best spot in which to launch Wellemeyer's bullpen career.
White Sox 3, Yankees 2: If you lived in outer space and just came to Earth to visit on Thursdays, you might come away with the impression that DeWayne Wise was actually good, what with the big catch in Buehrle's perfecto last week and hit the walkoff RBI single last night. Hmm, maybe I won't go back to outer space. Mars ain't the kind of place to raise my kids. In fact it's cold as hell.