Archive for July 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

This week’s NL waiver wire pickups looks at position players traded to the NL, the post-purge Pittsburgh infield situation, and prospect Bud Norris.

The trade deadline edition.

Max tests the validity of an old baseball credo.

On July 31, 2004 Dave Roberts was traded to the Red Sox. Though he would play only 45 games in a Boston uniform, it is his one moment in the 2004 playoffs that is remembered, to the exclusion of the rest of his career. Richard looks at similar players.

A new baseball biography is spurring conversation, especially as it climbs the New York Times best-seller list. Bruce Markusen interviews the author.

We’re all so interested in the names being linked from the 2003 tests, but no one (besides me and a few other lawyer types) seems all that interested in who’s leaking the names. I wanna know, both as a lawyer — and for as much as complain about the legal system, I still hold my […]

David Ortiz hit a three run homer to put the Sox up on the A’s a few minutes ago. I’m assuming the crowd cheered.

Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was okay to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. […]

So sayeth the Times: Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, the sluggers who propelled the Boston Red Sox to end an 86-year World Series championship drought and to capture another title three years later, were among the roughly 100 Major League Baseball players to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, according to lawyers with knowledge […]

Like yesterday, morning is bleeding into afternoon a bit, but I’ve had some stuff over here too already so it’s all good. I hate it when I write something beforehand that becomes moot via subsequent events. Means I have to throw it out and write something new. You don’t have to do that if you […]

From the strange mind of Richard Dansky: Tony La Russa has the same sort of unholy fascination with Nick Stavinoha that your average Lovecraft protagonist does with the Necronomicon. No good can come of it, there’s a lot of consonants involved, and in the end, everyone’s reduced to a sort of mindless gibbering.

Cleveland Frowns does not like the Cliff Lee trade, but it’s for bigger picture reasons, not necessarily because of the return realized by Mark Shapiro: But it becomes harder and harder to care about how these trades pan out as it becomes easier and easier to be sure that any real star developed by the […]

As anyone who reads “And That Happened” on a regular basis knows, I’m a box score fetishist, and because of it, I’ve often thought of Henry Chadwick — the man credited as inventing the box score — as the feature’s patron saint. Except it’s not quite that clear that he did invent the box score. […]

Yankees 6, Rays 2: Via Facebook, I leaned that Jason from IIATMS and I made the almost simultaneous observation about Joba last night: that he clearly watched Mark Buehrle pitch last week and decided that he was going to be a fast worker too. He was pretty clunky looking at such a pace, but you […]

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