McNamee sues Clemens

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.”


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David
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David
Completely off the subject, but profoundly important for baseball fans: Chipper Jones said an umpire is fixing games. I know, I know: Americans don’t believe in corrupt and conspiring authorities ‘cause you worship authority (just look at the idiocy you’ll pretend to believe about Arabs because the authority tells you so!), and I know that Rob Neyer has ordered you to never question umpires because “the center will not hold”. But fear not: a future Hall-of-Famer has gone beyond mere “questioning authority”, he’s indicted it.  And yet the Earth still spins ‘round the sun. http://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-braves/chipper-rips-umpire-over-104780.html http://bleacherreport.com/articles/226872-whats-up-with-bill-hohn-and-the-atlanta-braves And here’s a GIF… Read more »
bigyaz
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bigyaz

What’s the difference between a fist bump and a handshake? If a catcher turns around and offers and hand and says sincerely, “Good game” I’m not going to turn my back; I’ll shake the man’s hand. I don’t see the controversy here. But then, I’m not a wildly partisan Braves fan.

Kevin S.
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Kevin S.

I’m not a wildly partisan Braves fan either, but it’s absolutely ridiculous that an umpire fist-bumped a catcher after said catcher’s team won.  Even the appearance of such impropriety is untenable.

David
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David
Bigyaz: Chipper Jones, re: the fist-pump between the winning player and the umpire after the umpire had persistently ejected the Braves’s star players and made suspiciously horrible calls: Never seen it before in my 16 years,.  [Players and umpires] exchange banter all the time. But never a handshake or a fist bump. I guess Baker thought he deserved a hand shake.” So, yes, the celebratory fist-bump is unprecedented. But don’t worry, MLB reviewed it and, whaddaya know, Bud Selig & Co. had no problem with it, nor with his terrible calls which gave the game to the Marlins.  And if… Read more »
David
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David

1:30 on Sunday afternoon right now.  I’m watching the Tigers at Indians.

The umpire just called a pitch to Tiger hitter Gerald Laird a strike that was 3” inside and 5” above his belt.  Going back to the bench, Laird was shown angrily complaining to his teammates, “That wasn’t even f———close!”

Conversely, the Indians hitters have, thus far, had a microscopic strike zone.

I’ll update later.

I’m 99% certain that there is systematic corruption on the part of MLB umpires.  Chipper Jones’s game was no anomaly.

Bon
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Bon

Wait, are we making indictments about the entirety of baseball based around one pitch in a game that is currently in the bottom of the second inning?

It seems like David is being tongue-in-cheek, but I just can’t tell.  If so, congrats, I’ve rarely seen such effort put into so small a reward.

Craig Calcaterra
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Craig Calcaterra

Actually, I don’t think he’s being tongue in cheek. He believes that the umpires are corrupt and that there’s a big fix in. Of course he’s never provided a shred of evidence to suggest such a thing (nor has he explained the motive behind the alleged fix).  He simply sees instances of incompetence (which I’ll grant exist) and blithely assumes that it’s evidence of a conspiracy.

David
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David
1 out, bottom of the 3rd, Indian hitter called safe for an infield hit. He was out by a foot.  Miguel cabrera immediately gave an incredulous look to Jim Leyland, who came out to argue. Phillies at Giants.  Jayson Werth stole 3rd.  Giants announcers said he was in by a foot.  Called out to end inning. I know, I know: Chipped Jones and me are wacko conspiracy theorists, Selig is honest, the umpires were “reviewed” by MLB and they’re all great. Watched baseball since ‘98.  Never seen anything like this.  Media silence and denial lets MLB know the corruption can… Read more »
Greg Simons
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Greg Simons

David, as Ben2009 asked, to what ends?  IF there is a conspiracy, what is the goal?

David
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David
Greg, Well, I don’t mean to be crass, but, how the hell am I supposed to know?  I don’t have the power to subpeona Selig and Alderson and whoever else.  I can’t look into their marketing research and see what trends and psychological phenomena they’ve documented and wanna exploit.  What I do know is that at least two very respected players – Chipper Jones and Jamie Walker (who, when he was a Tiger here in Detroit, was recognized as a very kind, professional man) – have publicly said that there is funny business going on with umpires.  We also know… Read more »
bigyaz
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bigyaz

I think you’re right about the conspiracy. Just like the birthers who think Obama was born in Kenya. And the 9/11 truthers who think the CIA was behind the Sept. 11 attacks.

You just keep running with that theory.

Ben2009
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Ben2009

David, what, exactly, is the conspiracy?  Pro-Marlins?  Hasn’t worked so well recently.  Anti-Braves?  Well, if you take away that decade and a half of playoff appearances, I suppose.  Anti-Phillies?  Didn’t work so well last year.

Look, a lot of umps are just plain bad.  Hahn is one of them.  And yes, MLB covers for them, just like every other sport covers for its bad officials.  I too think more umps should be disciplined for missing calls.  But a conspiracy has to be a conspiracy to do something, not just of incompetence.

Bon
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Bon

Okay, I’ll bite: let’s say you find some individuals sympathetic to your theory.  Hell, let’s say they’re 100% on board.

Now what?

What would you have your support base to do correct this problem, David?  Obviously the standard ‘raise your voice’ solution won’t work, for the same reasons that you currently believe is causing nobody to care.  So what is to be done?

Also: apologies, to Craig, as at least this entry in his blog has been totally hijacked, and I feel kinda bad about that.

David
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David

Unlike when the government murders people, this is one instance when the ol’ voice of the people would be effective in stopping the problem.

If the media (including BP, THT, Fangraphs) start researching and documenting it, fans will be made aware of it.  If fans are made aware of it, then, unlike the fake outrage over the “steroid” scandal, they actually would stop patronizing MLB. 

If that happened, reform would happen. 

Basically, media attention (first documentation, then investigative reporting – like simple sticking cameras in the faces of umpires) would lead to the fixing of this.

David
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David

You guys are just sooooo right!  Me and Chipper Jones are wacko conspiracy theorists.  And, of course, nobody ever conspires.  And if somebody did ever conspire (which only wacko conspiracy theorists would think), we all know that they’d….um….

…..Get away with it because effeminate American men who can’t get boners are too weak and stupid to put two and two together.

MLB is indeed turning into WWE, and now Selig – commissioner for life – knows for certain that he has nothing to fear from his moronic fan base.

Bon
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Bon
Okay, let me specify a bit, and I apologize for my lack of clarity earlier. What evidence from ‘documentation’ would differentiate the accumulation of bad calls from poor officiating to MLB conspiracy?  If all the bad calls (meaning calls everyone could universally agree were incorrect, which is a barely tenable assumption at best) came from one ump, sure, just a bad ump.  If they all came against one team… is that a sure sign of conspiracy? It would certainly make a strong case in your favor, but three big issues stick out like a sore thumb: 1. In today’s information… Read more »
David
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David
Bon: I think that’s a good initial question.  1. DOCUMENTING THE PHENOMENON. You could get somebody trained in intelligent pattern recognition – such a computer programmer or an insurance claims adjuster – to look at the collective data and reach a point where he could say, “A critical mass of data has been reached where I don’t believe this could have occurred by coincidence.”  Even a police detective, for instance, is unconsciously trained in this: their job is to discern what’s mere happenstance versus what’s the work of an intelligent agent. 2. MOTIVE.  Like I wrote before, I don’t know… Read more »
bigyaz
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bigyaz

David, you need to 1. Grow up, and 2. Get a life. I’ve been watching baseball for 45 years, and the umpiring is better now than ever. You’re reading way too much into what Chipper Jones said; he simply felt Hohn had a grudge against the Braves, which is possible (umpires are human, after all) but is hardly signs of a conspiracy.

You’re taking a few comments, and a few bad calls, and running wild with it. You’re really embarrassing yourself.

Craig Calcaterra
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Craig Calcaterra
David—you said: “The motive doesn’t really matter, anyway.  If a police detective sees a body with three bullets in the forehead, he doesn’t need to theorize WHY the man was murdered in order to say that he was murdered.  But he can still conclusively say that the man was, in fact, murdered.” The problem is this: you are proposing that something is being actively coordinated instead of simply happening, yet have no evidence—like the bullets in the forehead—that suggests it is something other than rank incompetence.  To use your analogy, we don’t see a body with bullets in its head. … Read more »
Bon
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Bon

Completely off the subject, but profoundly important for baseball fans:

McNamee sues Clemens.

David
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David
BigYaz: I’m sorry you don’t like me and choose to insult me.  Now leave me alone. Craig Calcaterra: I don’t have the means to even research this, let alone to conduct any rigorous investigation.  I’m not a paid baseball reporter.  I’m not a paid analyst for ‘Prospectus’ or THT or Yahoo.  The extent of my research and analysis comes in the off-season (to fill the baseball vacuum) and, even then, it’s very crude compared to the works of the more reputable “alternative” baseball media.  And even they can only do so much. What you need is, ya know, real reporters. … Read more »
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