Thursday, December 13, 2007

Big day for baseball

With today's release of the notorious Mitchell report, the reputation of baseball is in serious jeopardy. When big-time stars from the 90s and early 2000s are named (and they damned sure will be), it's going to be a real stain on major league baseball.

Who will be named? Well, I can certainly say that Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Scott Schoeneweis, and Troy Glaus will be on it. I don't think any of those names are even debatable because they've already been outed as juicers, more or less. The list figures to consist of a lot of Mets players because the Mets clubhouse attendant from the mid-90s, Kirk Radomski, contributed a lot of information to the report. So, it will not be surprising to see names like Todd Hundley or Edgardo Alfonzo on the list (sorry Fonzie). Look for big home run guys like Brady Anderson, Dante Bichette, Vinny Castilla, Phil Nevin, Tony Batista, Juan Gonzalez, Jay Buhner, Jose Canseco, Luis Gonzalez, Greg Vaughn, and Matt Williams to be on the list as well. It is tough to project which pitchers will be on the list, but I certainly wouldn't be surprised to see Roger Clemens on the list. The difference in his size from the late 80s to the late 90s certainly raises red flags.

The Mets are still talking to the Twins about Johan Santana, and they made an offer of Carlos Gomez, Mike Pelfrey, Kevin Mulvey, and Philip Humber to the Twins, which was rejected. The Twins said they wanted one more pitcher to get the deal done, and Aaron Heilman is probably the guy they want. Although I'm uncomfortable with trading our entire stock of young pitchers for Santana, I keep having to remind myself that it is Johan Santana and NOT Victor Zambrano or Kris Benson.

Yesterday was the non-tender deadline, and the Mets non-tendered Johnny Estrada (no surprise there), Ben Johnson, and Juan Padilla (which I am not happy with, but hopefully he makes the team eventually). Big names that got non-tendered are Mark Prior, Kiko Calero, Dallas McPherson, and Akinori Otsuka.

I've got a final that I have to do some studying for, so have a good one everyone. I'll try and recap the release of the Mitchell report tomorrow after it comes out.

1 comment:

Christopher said...

Mitchell report is fucking bull shit. I can almost guarantee that there will be few if not no red sox on that list. If you are going to have someone research and report steroid usage then make sure they are not affiliated with a Major League ball club.


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