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Mixed Messages Through a Clearly Muddied Lens

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seligthen.jpgThis is a quick note on Bud Selig’s most recent public quote regarding Barry Bonds. Selig (pictured at right, in 1968) said something to the effect that he has feelings about Barry Bonds’ playing in Major League Baseball this season but does not want to share them. He also said something about not wanting to stand in the way of his ability to play this year.

A question: why is it being reported – as I just heard it from ESPN’s Buster Olney – that for team owners “reading the tea leaves” this “sends a clear message” as to what commissioner Selig wants?

What Selig wants? How could anyone give a flying trapeze artist what Selig wants? And tea leaves – the owners reading the tea leaves?

Audience, here’s a question for you: who made Bud Selig the commissioner of Major League Baseball?

Ahhhh, that’s right, the owners! The owners felt their good buddy and fellow owner – one time owner who passed it down, in family – Allen Huber Selig should be their public face. Let me repeat that. It was the owners who pushed Selig into the forefront. Allen Selig is the public face of each owner of each MLB team.

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Steroids Rules: Revisionist History, Revising the Present as It Passes and Revising the Future Before It Comes

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larussa.jpgFirst, let’s cut the bullshit talk out. All the, “Roid rage, his head grew, he’s so much bigger than last year,” etc etc. etc. ad nauseum, has to cease. Now.

All anyone is doing by parroting that talk is attempting to bullshit you, me, and anyone else who might be listening or watching. So, when you hear that come from someone’s mouth and they are alleged to be an insider or an expert – turn off to them. Stop listening because they are, at least – and I’m being ultra kind here, uninformed.

Sunday, on ESPN’s Outside the Lines show, Bob Ley narrated and moderated a solid segment on the history of the culture of steroids in Major League Baseball. The enigmatic former Cincinnati Reds and Florida marlins trainer, Larry Starr was interviewed. As he had in previous interviews for newspapers, Starr told of his experiences in trying to bring steroid abuse problems to the attention of MLB executives during the 1989 MLB Winter Meetings. He also talked of a player who gained 30 pounds of muscle in one winter – from 165 pounds to 195 pounds – and feeling at that moment that baseball had a “problem” with steroids.

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Spotes Notes, 12.14.07: The Mitchell Report and ESPN; Larry Whiteside; Roger is a Dodger; TO vs. K. Johnson – He Said, She-Key Said

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lwhiteside.jpgIn 1973 while at the Boston Globe, Larry Whiteside became the first black beat sportswriter to cover a Major League Baseball team. In June of this year Whiteside passed away due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. He posthumously received the 2008 J. G. Spinks Award for his contributions in baseball writing. As a result of winning the Spinks Award, Larry Whiteside will now be remembered by the baseball public forever. On July 27, 2008, Whiteside will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York:

“He was a constant, motivating force in the world of sports journalism and for African-Americans in particular, he was our Jackie Robinson,” says Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Editor Garry Howard, who was among those to cast votes for Whiteside’s award. “What an honor, what a life. I’m truly ecstatic over this moment, because even though Larry would say humbly, ‘No big deal,’ it truly is, and we at NABJ can, and should, celebrate this moment loud and proudly.”

As a founding member of the NABJ Sports Task Force, Whiteside continues to have a profound impact on today’s sports journalists, an impact that earned him the Sports Task Force’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999.

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Big Box Sports Media Gives Up Scott Schoeneweis (sort of) to Save Rick Ankiel

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New York Mets reliever Scott Schoeneweis is the first name to drip from the next round of names from the Signature Pharmacy investigations. Schoeneweis received six steroid shipments from while playing for the Chicago White Sox in 2003 and 2004. Shaun Assael of ESPN, The Magazine, attempts to give Schoeneweis and out for receiving the steroids:

Scott Schoeneweis, the veteran New York Mets reliever and a survivor of testiticular cancer, received six steroid shipments from Signature Pharmacy while playing for the Chicago White Sox in 2003 and 2004, ESPN has learned.

Clearly, the implication here is that we are supposed to be forgiven because Schoeneweis is a survivor of testicular cancer. The problem with Assael’s specious lede is that Schoeneweis had cancer 10 years before the Signature shipments. Nevertheless, Assael provides us with the unnecessary background story of Schoeneweis and his bout with cancer:

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October 3, 2007 at 3:55 am

Is Barry Bonds’ Attorney Playing a Dangerous Bluff Game?: Kimberly Bell Back in the Game

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kimbell.jpgThe Barry Bonds perjury grand jury investigation has been extended for another six months. Meanwhile, T. J. Quinn of the NY Daily News is reporting that Bonds will likely be indicted in the fall of this year.

Yesterday Michael Rains, Barry Bonds’ attorney, rushed to his client’s defense and blamed the continuation on President George Bush:

“This investigation is based on the political considerations of this (presidential) administration,” Rains told the [San Jose] Mercury News on Friday. “The Balco case is a legacy of Bush, and it is a catastrophic failure – legally and from a public-relations standpoint.”

“Barry and I have talked about it, and he can’t believe it,” Rains said. “I think it’s possible, I really do. The case has been so political.

“The question is how they can throw in the towel without losing an immense amount of face after all they have done.”

On June 15 I wrote a commentary based on a threat-promise made by Bonds’ attorney Michael Rains. Rains indicated that he would go public with evidence of wrong-doing by the government in the Bonds case if the perjury investigation continued:

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July 24, 2007 at 7:20 am