Book wreaks havoc on Bonds
The March 13 edition of Sports Illustrated dropped some bombs after printing excerpts from an upcoming book, "Game of Shadows" by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams. It documents the jealosy Bonds felt as McGwire and Sosa were in the middle of the homerun chase and how he decided to do whatever it took to get a piece of that action. The book alleges that Barry went on a workout and steroid binge that saw him take pharmaceuticals like Deca-Durabolin and Winstrol. It also looks at his involvement with BALCO and their designer steroids that could not be detected through conventional testing.
Kirby Puckett passes away
Hall of Fame baseball player and Twins fan favorite Kirby Puckett died today after suffering a brain aneurysm. Puckett was best known as the Minnesota Twins centre fielder and won two World Series (1987, 1991) with the team. He had to retire in 1996 after suffering from glaucoma in one eye. Puckett was fighting weight problem and had recently gotten through some personal problems in his post-baseball career. Kirby Puckett spent all 12 of his major league seasons with the Minnesota Twins, hitting .318 with 207 home runs and 1,085 runs batted in from 1984 through 1995. He will be greatly missed by all baseball fans.
2006 season is just around the corner
Even as much of North America is under a cold spell, Florida and Arizona are teeming with baseball players, coaches and fans. Spring training has started so it won't be very long before we have ourselves some better weather and baseball games. The off season has been tumultous with the Toronto Blue Jays making a real push for the American League East this year. On a sadder note, it seems like Sammy Sosa's career has probably ended as he has yet to sign with anyone. And don't forget, this year also brings the first ever "World Baseball Classic" that will pit the best baseball playing countries around the world, against each other over the next couple of weeks.
MLB implements tough new steroid penalties
After getting whacked around by the US Congress and many observers, Major League Baseball and its players union have agreed to implement a new steroid policy that seems to have some teeth. Proposed earlier this year by Bud Selig, the new agreement includes the following penalties:
- 50 games for first offense
- 100 games for the second offense
- Lifetime ban for the third offense (can be appealed after 2 years)
MLB has also added some penalties for players detected of useing amphetamines. First positive test will require mandatory additional testing, second offense will yield a 25-game suspension and a third offense will see the player suspended for 80-game suspension.
White Sox win World Series
The Chicago White Sox defeated the Houston Astros in four straight games to win the 2005 World Series of baseball. The White Sox were a dominating team throughout the season and even though they stumbled a little in August, like many great teams they bounced right back and blew through the playoffs. This is the team's first World Series victory since the infamous "Black Sox" scandal from 1917. Now if only their cross town rivals the Chicago Cubs could win the big dance and end their even longer drought.
Orioles to Palmeiro: Stay at home
The Rafael Palmeiro steroids saga seems to have taken a recent turn for the worst. Recent reports indicate that Palmeiro testified in his grievance hearing that he may have tested positive after receiving vitamins from teammate Miguel Tejada. Palmeiro spoke of receiving a shot of vitamin B-12 but Tejada has come out denying he gave Raffy any vitamins. This may have broken the horse's back as the Orioles seem to have had enough. In an effort to put an end to the distraction this saga has caused for the struggling team, they have asked Palmeiro to stay at home for the rest of this season. It is more than likely that Rafael Palmeiro may have played his last Major League Baseball game.
Palmeiro tests positive for 'roids
It was about six month ago when Rafael Palmeiro sat in front of Congress and unequivocally denies the allegations put forth by former Rangers teammate Jose Canseco on the use of performance enhancing drugs. Fast forward to more recent times as Palmeiro crossed the 3,000 hit plateau this season and then to today, when he was suspended for testing positive for anabolic steroids. The 40-year-old Palmeiro became the seventh player to fail a test under the toughened major league policy that took effect in March, rules criticized by Congress as not being stringent enough. Without giving specifics, the four-time All-Star left the impression that the banned substance was contained in a supplement that was not prescribed. Either way, this could keep him out of the Cooperstown and it surely makes Rafael Palmeiro look like a real a$$. Since this is his first offence, he will be suspended for 10 games.