Posted on: May 23, 2008 6:43 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2008 7:14 pm

Blog Cabin: A turning point for MLB?

In the news...

Hallelujah! The Major League Baseball Players Association has finally taken a step in the right direction when it comes to drug testing.

Stop laughing, I’m being serious here.

On the last possible day for ratification, the players approved a deal which calls for an increase in the frequency of tests and in the authority of the program's independent administrator.

In return for the players’ approval, Bud Selig agreed to rescind suspensions against two players, and to not discipline any player implicated in the Mitchell Report. Of course, this agreement comes under increasing pressure from lawmakers to improve drug testing, or face legal action.

From the sound of it, the baseball establishment has been forced in to an uneasy truce... but it’s a truce none the less and, at this point, I’ll take it.

Anything that moves in the direction of fully-independent testing is exactly what MLB needs to be doing right now, and I’ve got to applaud Selig for getting it done. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the commissioner actually did the right thing by meeting the players’ demands.

As much as I hate seeing the players manipulate the “absolute” power that baseball’s commissioner is supposed to wield, bargaining skills have become an essential part of today’s game.

Besides, I could care less if every last Mitchell Report suspect is tracked down.

Most of the players in the Mitchell Report are nobodies, anyway. “Names”, like Wally Joyner, David Justice and Mo Vaughn are already starting to fade in to baseball obscurity.

As for the few superstars on that list... Well, let’s just say that I don’t think Roger Clemens or Barry Bonds will be getting in the Hall of Fame on the first ballot, if at all.

Even if they do, they will join the Pete Rose’s and Joe Jackson’s of the world... Destined to be remembered more for their transgressions then for their play on the field.

We, as fans, know where we stand. We know what happened to America’s game, and we’ve already decided who’s clean and who’s dirty.

Yep, Bud did a good job by keeping the blood hounds in the yard on this one. Maybe this signals a turning point. Maybe we can finally stop ripping baseball down, and start putting it back together again.

From the Blogosphere...

The Angels have just finished taking two out of three from the Toronto Blue Jays, and now head to Chicago to take on the scorching hot White Sox. Still, HALOS02 thinks that, if his boys can shut down Chicago's long ball, they should be able to win the series.

Who's your favorite NFL player NOT on your favorite team? Let koala know.

Duckplucker tells us why instant replay has no place in America's pastime. He's right, too. What are we going to do... remove the entire human element?
Posted on: May 7, 2008 6:58 pm
Edited on: May 7, 2008 7:15 pm

Blog Cabin: Barry Bonds left waiting by the phone

In the news...

Collusion against Barry Bonds?

It’s starting to look that way. But really, who can blame teams for not wanting to sign the most despicable baseball player this side of Roger Clemens?

I can definitely understand why many clubs might choose to pass on a 43-year-old former steroid user with looming legal issues. Plus, Bonds isn’t exactly known as a team player, and the media circus his presence causes is sure to have some negative impact.

Still, I’m shocked that some desperate team hasn’t made a run at the *all-time homerun king.

I wonder if his desired salary is a little too high. Otherwise, I would think that almost any team could use a guy like Barry at the league minimum. Even if Bonds isn’t used as a full-time DH, he would be the greatest pinch-hitter that the game has ever seen.

What? Did every owner suddenly decide to follow their ethical compass? I wouldn’t bet on it. Owners have been overlooking players’ indiscretions for as long as anyone can remember.

Steve Howe, Doc Gooden, Darryl Stawberry, Jason Giambi, Delmon Young... it’s a list that could seemingly go on forever. Ty Cobb once went in to the stands to beat up a fan that had no hands. Heck, Fidel Castro even got a few looks for his outstanding curve ball. And, you can bet that if Hitler could hit 73 homers in his late 30s, he probably would have been part of baseball’s Murderers Row.

What does this prove?

Well, it may show us that the fallout from the steroid era is finally starting to have some effect. Maybe teams are realizing the importance of distancing themselves from anything roid-related. Maybe they understand that, for the first time since integration, the entire statistical fabric of the game has come in to question.

For the good of the game, I hope that they have realized it. And, collusion or not, I hope that Barry Bonds never gets another job in baseball.

From the Blogosphere...

We all know that Nynasty keeps up with all the news on Yankee prospects. In his latest blog, this member has gathered and condensed the best info on all the young arms.

Celtics win, Red Sox win and the Yankees lose (again). On the other side of the greatest baseball rivalry, Nuf Ced is looking forward to tonights game against the Tigers. Check out his scouting report.

HALOS02 is in Heaven after the Angels started their season with a 12-5 road record. Check out his breakdown of the team's latest success.
Posted on: May 2, 2008 5:53 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2008 5:58 pm

Blog Cabin: Canseco takes out ad for roommate

In the news...

After a foreclosure, Jose Canseco is walking away from his $2.5 million home in California.

Canseco said that his worth has been overestimated. After taxes, Canseco said, he was “only left with about $17 or $18 million, not even.” The former MVP also said that he’s been taking care of his whole family, and that he’s had a pair of expensive divorces, which have contributed to his financial plight.

Man, I guess those steroid books didn’t do quite as well as we all thought.

Don’t worry, Jose, I’ve already drafted your ad for the newspaper. I can’t say that it’s a ringing endorsement, but if you’re lucky, maybe Mike Tyson or Dennis Rodman will have a spare room available.

ROOMATE NEEDED - Former MLB star wants to move in to Encino area house or apartment. Would host frequent parties. Still somehow capable of pulling very hot women... and then sometimes beating them.

- Have not held steady job since 2001. Alimony payments, legal fees and large family mean flexible rent dates a priority.

- Sordid past and ruining of national pastime make security a must. Home must be discrete, and have good locks and shatter-proof windows.

- Sterile area/roommate with medical experience a plus. Please call if you are able to perform injections, or if you have dermatological experience making you qualified to deal with frequent back-acne outbreaks.

- Please have dimensions of bathroom medicine cabinet handy before calling.

From the Blogosphere...

Milwaukee fan ballinglove1 is questioning the Brewers decision to replace Yovani Gallardo in the rotation. This member thinks that keeping the young pitcher would be the smartest choice, since the pitching staff could struggle greatly if someone went down with an injury.

Yankeechick has some relationship advice for men... or maybe she needs some advice about them, I'm not quite sure which. In any case, maybe this blog will finally unravel the mysteries of gender.

Snowed-in in South Dakota, cheezhead415 wants to know what's going on with Brett Favre. I can't help wondering myself? What's with the awards and video game covers?
Posted on: May 1, 2008 7:09 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2008 7:18 pm

Blog Cabin: Clemens at Neverland with Miley Cyrus

In the news...

OK, so maybe Roger Clemens hasn’t yet been linked to Jacko or Achy Breaky’s daughter, but seriously, who would be surprised at this point.

If the recent reports that Clemens started a romantic relationship with an underage Mindy McReady weren’t enough, more allegations of infidelity are now gaining steam.

Apparently, Clemens may have also had a relationship John Daly’s ex-wife, and was accused of trying to put the moves on the wife of former wrestler Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake. (Looks like the Rocket may have made a pass at Jose Canseco’s wife after all.)

Wow. Can someone tell me how this cluster of freaks doesn’t have a reality show already? I mean, shouldn’t they at least have made an appearance on Springer?

“Can you imagine what would happen if we stuck Roger, Jose, four women, Brian McNamee, a few congressmen and 100 bottles of steroids in one house... and then forced them to stop being polite and start getting real?”

I know what would happen... I would take a bat to my television set.

The biggest problem here is that there is only one person that can stop the circus... Roger Clemens.

Enough already, Roger. This is getting painful to watch, and there’s nothing you can do to save your image. You’ve probably got more skeletons in that closet, too. They will be found, Roger.

All you have to do is stop being stubborn and drop the legal action. You’re a cheating dirt bag... and we all know it. You will never go to the Hall of Fame, and will probably end up coaching a minor league team after your wife leaves you.

Please Rocket, think of my TV, and don’t forget about that guest house you had at the Neverland Ranch.

From the Blogosphere...

OK, so everyone is tired of LeBron's faking and complaining, right? That's what BennySmack02 says, and he has more than enough proof to back it up.

As always, our unofficial, official Marlins blogger, PAOLO, brings us his thoughts on the Florida's most recent action. It you didn't see the game, this member has everything you need... Oh yeah, and don't forget to drop Kevin Gregg from your fantasy team. What a bum.

Are the Yankees in trouble? Can New York fans and ownership deal with a rebuilding phase? These are the questions that mf10018 poses in Fisher's Baseball Blog.

TigerMAN breaks down the MLB Cy Young races after one month of action. So far, this user puts Brandon Webb at the top of the NL, while Cliff Lee sits atop the AL heap.
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