Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Dis-inviting Clemens

The Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association was supposed to have Roger Clemens as a speaker in January, but that invitation may be rescinded.

Clemens, who pitched with the Astros from 2004-06, was part of the Mitchell Report, where it was alleged that he used performance enhancing drugs. The topic of his speech to the THSBCA was "My vigorous workout, how I played so long (in professional baseball)."

Actually, I hope they let him speak and take questions. He might get a better grilling than from reporters. Clemens never came off as very articulate for me, so he might trip himself if he tries to answer steroid questions.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Mitchell Report is Finally Out

Finally the most anticipated report since the "Blacksox" indictment of early 1900's is out. It's extensive, and breaks the players down into three categories with most of the incriminating documentation being canceled checks or money orders made to Kirk Radomski, working as a trainer for the New York Mets, who admitted to distributing performance enhancing substances. Some of the major names that were listed are:

Roger Clemens Andy Pettitte Miguel Tejada

Lenny Dykstra Jason Grimsley Paul Lo Duca

David Segui David Justice Kevin Brown

Larry Bigbie Mo Vaughn Eric Gagné

Tim Laker Todd Williams Matt Herges

Todd Hundley Todd Pratt Mark Carreon

Kevin Young Rondell White

this is just the beginning of the fallout from this 347-page report, we will updating the blog periodically. Among the names listed Roger Clemens is one of the few that is stated in the report as actually being injected with testosterone AND HGH, and he ALSO denied using them, so does he ALSO deserve to be indicted similar to Barry Bonds? If not why? Post your thoughts here, also in the MLB chat room.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Basball reviewing the Mitchell Report

Major League Baseball has begun to review a draft of George Mitchell's report on drug use in the sport, one of the final steps before the results of his 20-month investigation are released. We haven't seen this many people nervous for their career since the Larry "Flynt Reports" of the final months of the Clinton administration. Baseball officials have said for several weeks that management would be able to examine the report on performance-enhancing drugs a few days before it is made public to make sure it does not contain any confidential information that if released would violate the collective bargaining agreement between players and owners. If you thought the poo hit the fan last week with the Bonds indictment, wait until you see the fallout from this!! It's going to be an interesting off season.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Yanks Close to Signing Hawkins

Rumors are that the Yankees are close to signing LaTroy Hawkins to a one-year contract believed to be worth approximately $3.75 million.

Hawkins made a lot more sense for an NL team. He was just in the AL East in 2006 and finished with a 4.48 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings for Baltimore. Last season, he fanned 29 in 55 1/3 innings for the Rockies. In his career, he has ERAs of 6.45 versus Baltimore, 5.79 versus Boston, 4.53 versus Toronto and 4.43 versus Tampa Bay. His best WHIP against any of the four teams is a 1.47 mark.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Major trade talks between Detroit and Florida...

There are reports that the Tigers are talking to the Marlins about a blockbuster trade that would send Miguel Cabrera and left-hander Dontrelle Willis to Detroit for a package of young players, according to major-league sources.

Outfielder Cameron Maybin and left-hander Andrew Miller likely are among the Marlins' targets. The Tigers already feature two veteran left-handed starters, Kenny Rogers and Nate Robertson, possibly making Miller available in a deal for Willis.

Miguel would certainly make the Tigers much more dangerous for a decade. I'm no longer a big Willis fan, but why not take a chance on him? He's certainly fun to watch.

There are also reports that Detroit is looking at Dan Haren as well.

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