Remember that old George Carlin routine?
Well we can add something else to Mr. Carlin’s list. In football, we really don’t care if you cheat. In fact we reward you with accolades. Bill Belicheat was awarded the AP’s Coach of the Year honor today. Now this is hardly surprising, considering the Patriots’ unbeaten regular season, but how is it that a guy who was caught cheating can be named the best at what he does? Yes, I understand that they may have never actually received any benefit from the filming of the Jets’ sideline this year. But are we naive enough to believe this was the first occurrence?
This isn’t the first time a cheater has been rewarded either. Remember Shawne Merriman? Merriman was rewarded the year he tested positive for steroids with an invite to Hawaii, named first team all-pro by the AP, Sports Illustrated, the Sporting News, etc. He finished 3rd in voting for the AP’s DPoY.
Quite a contrast from baseball. In baseball if there is a hint of any type of cheating, whether it be steroids or a corked bat, the media will hunt you down and kill you. That may be a little overboard, but you get the idea. There is a witch hunt in baseball, and maybe even worse are these reporters who wave their hall of fame ballots around like they mean anything. “He won’t get my vote!” Well let me ask you a question- who the heck do you think you are? Why should I care if player x gets ‘your vote’ or not? Continue reading
I guess that rules out Carl Pavano and Shelley Duncan.
ESPN reports today that Roger Clemens’ trainer is ratting him out. He spoke to the Mitchell investigation and reportedly gave Clemens steroids while Clemens was in New York and before. He went on to say that there will be several prominent Yankees named in the report.
Perhaps it is only a coincidence that Alex Rodriguez saw his contract finalized yesterday. Maybe A-Rod was nervous about being named, and wanted his deal done quickly, so he went around Boras to get the deal done. Then again, if this Yankee trainer was looking to cash in this morning, and he had supplied A-Rod, that would be the bigger bombshell.
So far, in all the guessing games and lists floating around the internet there have been no Indians aside from Betancourt and Byrd, who both had tested positive before. Rafael served his suspension, and for the record denies that what he took was any type of steroid. We’ll have to wait and see like the rest of the country.
Here is an excellent recap of players that have already been linked, tested positive, or admitted to using steroids or HGH. That list totals 64 players. If the Mitchell report contains only these names… what a waste of everybody’s time.
For those who are baseball fans, tomorrow is poised to be a flurry of information. The Mitchell report, now in the hands of Major League Baseball, is expected to be released Thursday. Would it surprise me if one of the major media outlets got their hands on it early? Of course not. But everyone will have access when it is released.
I’m usually not a Howard Bryant (ESPN columnist) fan, but his story about the Mitchell report is must read if you are interested at all in what will happen after the report is released. I warn you, it is a long read however. My favorite part of that piece is this-
While much of the emphasis regarding steroid use has focused on West Coast teams such as Oakland, San Francisco and San Diego, three players who admitted to using steroids — Canseco, Jeremy Giambi and Paxton Crawford — spent time with the Red Sox. Another, the former American League MVP Mo Vaughn, admitted that in 1998 he used Pro-HGH, an oral form of human growth hormone. In 2000, Boston police found steroids and syringes in a car owned by shortstop Manny Alexander that had been loaned to the team batboy.
I have written before, and make no apologies for the fact that I am openly rooting for a dozen Red Sox players to be named here. Including MVPapi himself. But seriously, do you think Mitchell will allow that to happen? According to this ESPN report, there will be 60-80 player names in that report. With that many players, we would have to assume that nearly every team will have someone represented. Though some teams might escape, seeing as how California labs and the Mets clubhouse attendant seem to be major players in the report. You would think that an AL Midwest team like Kansas City might escape scrutiny, but then they go and sign players that have already tested positive. After the jump, fun with the Mitchell report scoreboard!
Yeah, it’s a rumor, and not really a solid one, but hey…I can dream too!
Buster Olney reported today that there may be a surprise team in the Dan Haren lottery. Oh please, let it be true.
But there is an interesting sleeper in the Dan Haren sweepstakes: the Cleveland Indians, who clearly would have the prospects and the motive to finish a deal.
Cleveland is loaded with young starting pitchers who it could put in the deal, from Jeremy Sowers to Adam Miller to Aaron Laffey. And if the Indians become convinced that they are not going to be able to re-sign C.C. Sabathia, who is eligible for free agency after next season, they may view Haren as a low-cost replacement for Sabathia for 2009 and 2010 near the front of their rotation.
And with Haren in 2008, the Indians would field arguably the best rotation in the majors, assuming that Johan Santana doesn’t land with the Red Sox.
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Yesterday was a busy day at the baseball winter meetings. Unfortunately for the Tribe, ‘busy’ does not mean ‘good’.
The Tigers pulled off the trade of the year, getting 24 year old Miguel Cabrera and 25 year old Dontrelle Willis. Both players have won a World Series, and both have multiple all-star appearances. The Tigers parted with two of the top prospects in all of baseball, Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller, and four other minor leaguers.
The Indians in the meantime were rumored to be working on that Jason Bay deal. Well, reports from ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick aren’t good-
You can rule out any talk of Pittsburgh trading Jason Bay to Cleveland for a Kelly Shoppach–Cliff Lee package. That one is dead. Bay is Pirates GM Neal Huntington‘s main trade chip, and the Bucs aren’t going to give him away after he’s coming off such a down year. Continue reading
The latest trade rumor to come from the winter meetings in Nashville is being reported by Peter Gammons. It involves the Tigers and the Marlins. The proposed deal is for Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis. The Marlins would get a plethora of prospects in this package. Can you imagine that offense? Start with Granderson and Polanco, then hit Ordonez, Cabrera and Sheffield. Wow. That is serious power. Scary power. And if Willis can return to form, that would be a significant improvement to the rotation. I guess we’ll have to pay more attention to this one as the meetings continue.
We’ve mentioned this before, but it seems that talks are heating up at the winter meetings between the Indians and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The names involved for the Indians are Cliff Lee and Kelly Shoppach. This report is from MLB.com. Here is one from ESPN.com (scroll down to 3:09).
As I said previously, I would give up Lee and Shoppach for Bay. He is certainly worth that type of investment. If that deal is made I wonder what might happen to the surplus of outfielders we have? Certainly there would be no need for Nixon, Michaels, Gutierrez and Francisco. I would assume that Franklin has the upper hand for the RF job. Perhaps you keep Michaels around for his experience? I would say that Nixon and his salary would be more likely to be released. Ben Francisco would probably start the season at Buffalo. Here’s hoping Shapiro can get this deal done. Maybe he throws Michaels in the deal and gets a prospect in return? Keep an eye on this one.