We hate to spoil the surprise, but Big League Stew has already found the Valentine Day's card for all those we'll choo-choo-choose next month. Yes, it's the screen cap that DC Sports Bog's Sarah Kogod took from Bryce Harper's campaign video for the upcoming cover of the new MLB 13 video game for Play Station 3. Get on with your inner Don Flamenco, Bryce!Read More »from Bryce Harper campaigns for MLB 13 cover with a good impression of ‘The Bachelor’
- Kevin Kaduk | Big League Stew – Thu, Jan 10, 2013 3:55 PM EST
- David Brown | Big League Stew – Thu, Jan 10, 2013 2:37 PM EST
Hey, how about that? One day after baseball writers pitched a shutout with Hall of Fame inductions because of suspicion over performance-enhancing drugs, Major League Baseball and its players' union announced an agreement that literally goes deeper than any other professional sport in the U.S. ever has into drug testing its athletes.
Word came on Thursday that there will be blood testing for human growth hormone (HGH) next season. The news was first reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Tests will be random, unannounced and reportedly will use "enhanced techniques" to find what they're looking for. A new test for testosterone, which eight major leaguers were caught taking during the 2012 season, most notably Carlos Ruiz and Melky Cabrera, will also be introduced. Union and management reportedly were close to agreeing on HGH testing in November, and here we are just five weeks or so until spring training, so it's set.
"You see?" the league and union can say. "There's no drug problem. Nobody got in the Hall of Fame, everybody will get blood drawn. We're on it!"
Well, if there's an afterlife, Marvin Miller is smoking a cigarette and shaking his head at Michael Weiner somewhere in it.Read More »from The late Marvin Miller would have disapproved of MLB’s HGH testing agreement
- Kevin Kaduk | Big League Stew – Thu, Jan 10, 2013 1:35 PM EST
What a world we live in. Sammy Sosa didn't garner many headlines on Wednesday for only winning 12.5 percent of the vote in his first time on the Hall of Fame ballot — a staggeringly-low total that almost guarantees he'll never see induction over the next 15 years.
The former Chicago Cubs slugger, however, is attracting plenty of Internet interest on Thursday for his new Pinterest page. No, he hasn't yet started posting tips for DIY kiddie parties or his recipe for cranapple muffins. But the fact the exiled Sosa has a presence on the female-dominated social media network has a lot of people excited.Read More »from Sammy Sosa didn’t make the Hall of Fame, but he does have a popular Pinterest page
- David Brown | Big League Stew – Thu, Jan 10, 2013 11:47 AM EST
A 148-year-old team photo of the amateur Brooklyn Atlantics, which the Library of Congress calls "the first dated baseball card," might fetch $100,000 or more when it goes up for auction next month in Maine. Problem is, nobody knows exactly how much it's worth.Read More »from Brooklyn Atlantics 1865 baseball card auction could fetch $100,000 or more
- Kevin Kaduk | Big League Stew – Thu, Jan 10, 2013 10:07 AM EST
The New York Times, however, got into the act on Thursday morning by making a statement with the front page of its sports section. Adorned with a "Welcome To Cooperstown" headline, a majority of the sheet remained blank in reference to the BBWAA not electing anyone to the Hall of Fame for the first time since 1996.
Big League Stew was a bit partial to our own art in the aftermath of the ballot-wide snub, but there's no denying the power of opening the nation's paper of record to see silence in paper-and-ink form. Early January is usually a time for papers to break out sweet file art of that year's inducted ballplayers, followed by a few perfunctory quotes and vote totals. Meanwhile, the reader gets a nice winter escape as he or she daydreams about a beautiful summer day on the great lawn of Cooperstown.Read More »from New York Times sports page goes blank to reflect lack of Hall of Fame news
- Mark Townsend | Big League Stew – Thu, Jan 10, 2013 2:38 AM EST
(US Presswire)It was around this time last winter when Jerry Dipoto, who was in the midst of an aggressive rookie offseason as general manager of the Los Angeles Angels, impressed us by taking time from his busy schedule to write a legitimate and sincere response to a loyal fan’s trade suggestion.
Of course that was still during the honeymoon period of Dipoto's new job, so I'm sure most of the letters he received were on the positive and encouraging side, therefore making it easier to budget time for responses.
One disappointing year later, though, it wouldn't be surprising if the tone of the letters had changed after the Angels missed the playoffs, and one also couldn't blame Dipoto if he had a change in priorities and attitude as the pressure and urgency to get back on track in 2013 mounted.
But that hasn't been the case at all. Despite the fact that he's been just as busy this winter, having stunned the world again by signing Josh Hamilton, while also acquiring Tommy Hanson via trade from the Atlanta Braves and signing free agent pitchers Joe Blanton, Ryan Madson and Sean Burnett, Dipoto still has the time to make fans feel like their questions and concerns matter, and it's still pretty darn cool to see.Read More »from Jerry Dipoto offers encouragement, reassurance on Mike Trout’s future in latest letter to fan
(@KateHiggy_4)We haven't yet heard any official word from Barry Bonds and there's probably a good reason for the silence from his camp. The former San Francisco Giants star has been spotted bumming around Maui this week, a destination that's both physically and mentally a world away from Cooperstown.
Joe Kinsey of Busted Coverage has a roundup of the people who have spotted Bonds around the Four Seasons in Maui in recent days, including a TMZ picture of the Home Run King strolling along the beach with a Brent Musburger-approved woman. That probably explains why BarryBonds.com still hasn't been updated since the Giants won the World Series or why he hasn't released a Comic Sans statement like his brother-in-exile Roger Clemens did.
That's not to say we can't guess how Bonds is feeling as he lays by the pool. He's on record as saying it would be "very sad" if he didn't make the Hall of Fame on his first try and recently said he didn't understand why the current climate was so biased against him:Read More »from Barry Bonds reaction to Hall of Fame news: Aloha!
- David Brown | Big League Stew – Wed, Jan 9, 2013 5:53 PM EST
In remarks that decried results that kept the likes of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio on the outside of Cooperstown looking in, Weiner said baseball writers reasoning was 'unfortunate, if not sad.'
Here's his complete statement:
"Today's news that those members of the BBWAA afforded the privilege of casting ballots failed to elect even a single player to the Hall of Fame is unfortunate, if not sad. Those empowered to help the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum document the history of the game failed to recognize the contributions of several Hall of Fame worthy players. To ignore the historic accomplishments of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, for example, is hard to justify. Moreover, to penalize players exonerated in legal proceedings -- and others never even implicated -- is simply unfair. The Hall of Fame is supposed to be for the best players to have ever played the game. Several such players were denied access to the Hall today. Hopefully, this will be rectified by future voting."
In a way, Weiner is dreaming if he thinks steroids still won't be on people's minds when they visit the Hall of Fame and see plaques for Clemens and Bonds and so forth. Just because they were exonerated doesn't end the suspicion — obviously.
In the wake of that, Sports Illustrated's Jeff Pearlman said on Twitter that he believed the Hall of Fame shutout is the legacy of Don Fehr, the former leader of the players union that was reluctant to allow its membership to submit to testing until agreeing in 2002:Read More »from Players union chief Michael Weiner: Hall of Fame vote is ‘unfortunate, if not sad’
I took PEDs and I'm not proud of it..but people that think you can take a shot or a pill and play like the legends on that ballot need help.
— Paul Lo Duca (@paulloduca16) January 9, 2013
Though he was the only one to broadcast his feelings in Comic Sans, Roger Clemens wasn't the only ballplayer to use Twitter after no players were elected to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Many past and present players made their voices heard with most saying the BBWAA results were "a joke."
Take a look:
- David Brown | Big League Stew – Wed, Jan 9, 2013 4:02 PM EST
This -----------> twitter.com/rogerclemens/s…
— Roger Clemens (@rogerclemens) January 9, 2013
In case the photo of his statement (which seems to be written in the much-abused Comic Sans Serif font) isn't coming through on your C-64 or bag phone, here's how Roger Clemens responded Wednesday to falling short in the Hall of Fame vote:Read More »from Roger Clemens responds to Hall snub with polite note apparently written in Comic Sans font
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