Posts tagged with: Barry Bonds

MLB News and Notes: Tejada, Bonds and Pedro

It turns out that Miguel Tejada has no hard feelings towards the Baltimore Orioles after being traded last winter right before he was outed in the Mitchell Report.  I wonder if the feeling is mutual, afterall, he caused quite a bit of problems for Rafael Palmeiro with that “B12” supplement he gave him.  Oh Miggy, always so positive:

“I’m a free agent this year. You never know. I might come back.”

If you be honest about your age Miggy, and tell the truth to Congress, you might be welcome back.

Barry Bonds still wants to play baseball.  His agent Jeff Borris is planning on contacting 30 MLB teams to field his client’s interest in returning to the game.  Borris is still pushing that collusion angle judging from this quote from USA Today:

“Major League Baseball was successful in conspiring in keeping Barry out of uniform in 2008. Unless they have a change of heart, or see an error in their ways, I seriously doubt that clubs will give him the opportunity to play this year.”

Word from MLB TradeRumors is that the St. Louis Cardinals may explore the possibility of siging Pedro Martinez and using him in the closer role!  Pedro’s right shoulder has deterorated over the last few seasons, but he may have enough left in the tank to throw an inning every other day.

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Bobby Abreu Close To Joining The Angels

According to the good folks at MLB Trade Rumors Bobby Abreu has reached a preliminary agreement with the Anaheim Angels.  The deal is reportedly for one-year and worth $5MM with some incentives.  Abreu made $16MM last season while playing with the New York Yankees.

Abreu will turn 35 next month.  Despite showing some decline in his power numbers he has had six straight seasons of at least 100 RBI and at least 22 stolen bases.  This past season Abreu joined Rickey Henderson and Barry Bonds as the only players to hit at least 200 homers and steal 300 bases and manage to get on base at a clip of .400.

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Bonds’ Dirty Urine, Clemens’ Tainted DNA

Sometimes I just wish it would just go away, but seeing as most teams are still treading cautiously this off-season, I’m left with little choice but to report on players accused of juicing.  Who am I kidding, I love this shit.

According to a report from The New York Times, one of Barry Bonds‘ 2003 urine samples was retested by federal authorities and it was positive for “performance enhancing drugs”.  Apparently, the sample was originally tested by MLB and was not positive under their program, but this time around it tested positive.  I bet Barry’s defense team is going to have a field-day with this at his perjury trial.  Positive or not, I’m sure Barry was still taking the drugs “unknowingly”.

Just plead gamma poisoning!

From the twisted basement of Brian McNamee comes dirty needles tainted with the DNA of Roger Clemens that McNamee shot into Clemens’ ass.  According to a report that first surfaced in the Washington Post, tests have matched Clemens’ DNA to that of blood in a syringe that Brian McNamee claims to have used to inject “The Rocket” with steroids.  You can read all about on ESPN.

Clemens’ lawyer Rusty (Hard-On) Hardin was quick to dismiss the tests saying:

“It will still be evidence fabricated by McNamee, I would be dumbfounded if any responsible person ever found this to be reliable or credible evidence in any way.”

I don’t know Rusty, after reading this bit about Clemens having liniment rubbed on his nut-sack I placed a lot more faith in McNamee’s accounts of dealing with Roger’s backdoor.

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Jeff Kent Calls It a Career

There’s a lot of things you could say about Jeff Kent:  bad teammate, nice stache, a better Pippen than a Jordan, and a lock for the Hall of Fame.  The Los Angeles Dodgers’ second baseman is walking away from baseball at the age of 40 and after 17 seasons.

If you take a close look at Kent’s batting statistics at baseball-reference.com, you’ll notice how similar his career numbers are to those of some pretty big names.  The only other 2B (although there are 5 guys who spent time at Catcher) with totals reasonably close to Kent’s is Ryne Sandberg, and he has already gone to Cooperstown.

Kent holds the all-time record for home runs by a second baseman with 351, Sandberg finished with 277.  Kent’s career .290 average isn’t exactly eye-popping, but it’s very respectable.  He was the winner of the 2000 National League MVP award with the San Francisco Giants, and was an All-Star 5-times.

Unlike Jim Rice (whose case for the Hall is questionable at best), Jeff Kent will likely have the support of the media.  Kent was probably never accused of being well-liked in the clubhouse, but he might get the call to the hall before someone whose shadow he never liked standing in: Barry Bonds.