Archive for the ‘Scorn’ Category

Arizona Diamondbacks v Kansas City Royals

Spring Training records don’t matter, right up until the moment that they do. When things go badly for a team during Spring Training, it’s only spring. When a team or player shines under the Arizona/Florida sun, it’s great! It’s all deadly. Swing changes taking effect, players learning how to win, great evidence of organizational depth, the whole nine yards.

It’s all bunk, of course. Bunk. Trash. Hooey.

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Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Preview

Ken Davidoff is no fool. Davidoff knows that if he sticks his microphone in front of burly former Yankees closer Goose Gossage, he’s going to get something good. Gossage is a legend and a Hall of Famer as well as the go-to guy for PED-related anger among former players.

So that’s exactly what Ken Davidoff of the New York Post did: he engaged Goose Gossage in a spirited debate about the nature of PEDs.

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If not a full-time paid troll, Jon Morosi can be classified as a “provocateur.” His job, when not standing on the shoulders of breaking stories with his partner in crime Ken Rosenthal, seems to entail writing increasingly bizarre columns amidst a string of semi-sensical tweets.

The above tweet is crystallizes the new Morosi perfectly. Because, I mean, Jon….

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Now with more wine and lottery tickets. Take it away, TMZ via Deadspin!

When cops arrived to the scene, police say they saw Helton stumbling out of the gas station — stinking of booze — and clutching lottery tickets in his hand.

Cops say Helton denied striking a median … but “made spontaneous statements about drinking two igloo cups of red wine.”

As (the wise and worthwhile twitter follow) Tom Ley conveniently points out in the Deadspin piece, Todd Helton made $20 Million last season. He should — SHOULD — be able to afford both a taxi and quality stem ware. To say nothing of his odd need for lottery tickets a.k.a. the tax on stupidity.

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Colorado Rockies v Atlanta Braves

Oh, Todd Helton, no. The Rockies elder statesman was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence in Thornton, Colorado according to a release issued by the club themselves. Thornton is a suburb just north of Denver, near Helton’s offseason home in Brighton.

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Are we weary of PED talk yet? Judging by the reaction this Miami New Times report, there is a voracious appetite for drug speculation. Depending on your desire for outrage, there is enough in the MNT report to feed an army.

There are names – famous names and familiar names and new names in the baseball drug sphere. There are details of a sloppily-run medical clinic with questionable bookkeeping and details of creams, shots, and significant payments. There is enough to reignite the steroid debate anew.

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Too Many Cooks

Kirk Gibson is an accomplished baseball player and baseball legend. He won the National League manager of the year in 2011. He won the World Series with the Tigers in 1984 and the Dodgers in 1988. That isn’t nothing. He’s been around winners, he knows what it looks like.

He is an accomplished baseball man. What he isn’t, not yet anyway, is a baseball general manager. Though, it appears, he plays one on TV!

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