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At the college level, a few years ago I watched the Minnesota Golden Gophers pull this one off successfully twice in one game.
. . . show us a beautifully shot slo-mo sequence of Moyer jamming Bryce Harper with a 78-mph fastball . . .
Unless they want to pay for more than a 30 second spot, they can't show Moyer's fastball in slow motion.
It's more then just whether we agree with the leaker. More important is the question of whether there is any sort of need or value for the public to know the information. In this instance, the value of the public knowing the outcome of Braun's drug test immediately is zero. If it had been positive *and* properly handled, then the public would have known in due course.
Whistleblowing is more important when the process and safeguards are not being followed. If it were the case that positive results were being suppressed by those in charge, then there would be a need to know. That wasn't the case here. The leaking was 100% gratuitous.
Technicalities are there for a reason. Quite aside from the leaks, MLB doesn't seem to understand that this is a serious business and they shouldn't run it like a bunch of clueless amateurs. When there are protocols to follow, follow them. Not knowing when FedEx closes is not acceptable when it is your job to follow a contract like this.
MLB has been in breach of contract over and over again when it comes to drug testing. No arbitrator should give them any leeway until they can demonstrate that they have some idea what they are doing. If they can't get the job done, then the next CBA needs to hire a third party who can administer a drug testing protocol according to signed agreements.
". . . if not since Andrew Johnson took the oath of office. "
Christina, is that you?
I'd be really interested in seeing the reverse of this column: 10 players whose stats were a lot worse than their ability.
It's pretty amazing that Torres has a chance to come back from the surgery, let alone miss only a couple weeks.
Jonathan Ericsson of the Detroit Red Wings played in the Stanley Cup finals two days after an appendectomy. That's what is really mind-blowing.
Was Mesoraco more of a surprise than Arencibia?
I have, on several (or more) occasions in my life put my own interests ahead of my employer's. I'm willing to bet that you have, too. A couple of times, I have even demanded a trade to another organization, typically by telling my current employer I quit and showing up at work for the new one.
It has never made sense to me that fans demand a certain sort of behavior from athletes that they would never consider demanding of themselves. Unless you want me to believe that you have always put your boss' interests ahead of your own, you should reconsider your take on Rasmus.
If it's measured by the DL, don't all the injuries that happen during the off-season get credited to happening in March and April, when teams finalize their rosters?
You mentioned Pollack. Is there any interest in another northern player, Minnesota 2b Derek McCallum? He sits at .395/.460/.704, leading the Big 10 in average and slugging, and third in OBP.
I got him 14 months ago for Andrew Miller and Kaz Matsui.