July 14, 2016 |
IN A DIFFERENT time, when I was more naïve about the dramatic effects of performance-enhancing drugs, I guess I would have been impressed by the spectacular display by Miami Marlins rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton during Monday's Home Run Derby. I might have even believed the 61 home runs Stanton smashed out of Petco Park were "spectacular. " Even though the purpose of the contest is to intentionally deliver pitches that batters can blast out of ballpark, the fact Stanton destroyed the previous single-night mark of 41 set by then-Phillie Bobby Abreu in 2005 was amazing in terms of record-breaking margins for any event.
February 24, 2016 |
'GOD KNOWS I'm a Hall of Famer," is what Barry Bonds said Saturday during his introductory press conference as a hitting coach for the Miami Marlins. Unfortunately for the all-time home-run leader, God does not waste time on something as trivial as casting a ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame. And since God also graced human beings with free will, Bonds can't count on any divine intervention to sway the voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Those mere mortals are the ones who hold the key to unlocking the door to Cooperstown for Bonds, and so far he is 0-4 in the selection process.
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.