August 6, 2013 |
This planned show of force by Major League Baseball is quickly devolving into farce. If Alex Rodriguez plays baseball Monday night in Chicago, within hours of being suspended for 50 or 150 or 214 games, commissioner Bud Selig's attempted display of strength will serve only to remind everyone how weak MLB has been throughout the steroid era. That is fitting, because Rodriguez apparently has been cheating in plain sight throughout his career, just...
February 14, 2013 |
A lawyer for Barry Bonds urged a federal appeals court Wednesday to toss out the disgraced slugger's obstruction of justice conviction, saying a rambling answer he gave while testifying in December 2003 before a grand jury was not a crime. Bonds' legal team asked a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to dismiss the lone felony conviction stemming from his response when asked whether Greg Anderson, his personal trainer, ever gave him "anything that required a syringe to inject yourself with?"
February 6, 2013
Yankees captain Derek Jeter plans to wait until teammate Alex Rodriguez addresses his latest off-the-field controversy before commenting on the matter. The Miami New Times reported last week that Rodriguez bought human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances from 2009 to 2012 from Biogenesis of America L.L.C., a now-closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Cables, Fla., near Rodriguez's offseason home. Judges selected to hear Barry Bonds' appeal Barry Bonds' appeal of his felony obstruction of justice conviction will be heard by three federal judges who were each appointed by a different Democratic president.
February 5, 2013 |
BARRY BONDS' appeal of his felony obstruction of justice conviction will be heard by three federal judges who were each appointed by a different Democratic president. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday unveiled its February schedule, which showed publicly for the first time the three judges assigned to Bonds' case. Senior Circuit Judges Mary M. Schroeder and Michael Daly Hawkins along with Judge Mary H. Murguia will hear oral arguments Feb. 13. Jimmy Carter appointed Schroeder in 1979.
January 11, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Steroid tainted stars Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa were denied entry to baseball's Hall of Fame, with voters failing to elect any candidates for only the second time in four decades. In a vote that keeps the game's career home run leader and one of its greatest pitchers out of Cooperstown - at least for now - Bonds received just 36.2 percent of the vote and Clemens 37.6 in totals announced Wednesday by the Hall and the Baseball Writers' Association of America, both well short of the 75 percent necessary.
January 10, 2013 |
NEW YORK - There's a chance that the podium under the chandeliers in the Vanderbilt Room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel will go unused. With the cloud of steroids shrouding the candidacies of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and others, baseball writers may fail for only the second time in more than four decades to elect anyone to the Hall of Fame, rendering a news conference unnecessary. About 600 people are eligible to vote in the Baseball Writers' Association of America election, all members of the organization for 10 consecutive years at any point.
January 10, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Steroid-tainted stars Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa were denied entry to baseball's Hall of Fame, with voters failing to elect any candidates for only the second time in four decades. In a vote that keeps the game's career home run leader and one of its greatest pitchers out of Cooperstown - at least for now - Bonds received just 36.2 percent of the vote and Clemens 37.6 in totals announced Wednesday by the Hall and the Baseball Writers' Association of America, both well short of the 75 percent necessary.
December 27, 2012
By William C. Kashatus Baseball writers have until the end of this month to cast their ballot for the Hall of Fame's Class of 2013. Of the 24 retired players to appear on the ballot for the first time are sluggers Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa and pitching ace Roger Clemens. While their statistical achievements are impressive, each man's career has been tainted by allegations of performance-enhancing substances. If those who cast the ballots for baseball immortality take seriously their responsibility as stewards of the game, Bonds, Sosa, and Clemens will be rejected.
October 25, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Pablo Sandoval became just the fourth player to hit three home runs in a World Series game, connecting twice against Justin Verlander and once off Al Alburquerque to lead the San Francisco Giants over the Detroit Tigers, 8-3, in Wednesday night's opener. Sandoval hit a solo home run to right-center in the first; a two-run, opposite-field drive to left in the third; and another bases-empty shot into the center-field batter's eye in the fifth. He joined Babe Ruth (1926 and 1928)
October 14, 2012
Two weeks ago, I introduced you to some Philadelphians I consider to be disruptive - innovative change agents who challenge the status quo in their respective fields. Since then, you've e-mailed me a lot of other names. Some - such as fiscal watchdog Brett Mandel and mural maven Jane Golden - are no-brainers. In a town long characterized by a go-along-to-get-along culture, they have the guts to stand up and stand out. I've been most intrigued, however, by the disrupters who have been operating below the media radar.