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Former players to testify against Barry Bonds in perjury trial

Oct 16, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

Barry Bonds court appearance

We’re currently enjoying the makings of a fantastic postseason, so hearing anything relating to Barry Bonds is something of a downer, but here goes.

According to the Associated Press, Federal prosecutors on Friday submitted their list of witnesses they intend to call for Bonds’ long-delayed perjury hearing, scheduled to begin March 21 in San Francisco.

Nothing all that revelatory, as the the list of 25 witnesses doesn’t have any new names from the near-identical list prosecutors filed in February of 2009, a month before the trial was originally scheduled to begin. According to the report, the list includes Jason Giambi, Jason’s brother Jeremy Giambi, Bobby Estalella, Armando Rios, Marvin Bernard, Benito Santiago and Randy Velarde. Bonds’ former girlfriend, Kimberly Bell, and former football player Larry Izzo are also expected to testify.

Perhaps the most interesting thing to emerge from the AP report — it was new to me, anyway — is that prosecutors intend to use a urine sample Bonds provided as part of MLB’s testing program in 2003, which they say proves that he tested positive for steroid use.

OK, with that painful update out of the way, let’s get back to talking playoff baseball.

  1. Old Gator - Oct 16, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Asterisk! Asterisk! Asterisk!

  2. metalhead65 - Oct 16, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    look I understand you people who defend bodns loved him and thought he was a great player,he was up to he got jealous of mcguire of and sosa and started doing roids himself.I ndid not wan to believe mcguire did them either and could defend him at the time because he just did not suddlenly hit 50 or more homers. he had been doing that since his rookie year and had always been working out so we expected him to get of course we know why he was always big and had been hitting those homers. any sane person had to know that a player who had never hit more that what bonds had for a career hight,does not come to camp looking like a muscle bound freak then blast 74 or whatever it was he hit and say it was all hard work. he cheated and every reasonable person knows it.I am sure he will get off on some legal technicality but that will not change my mind. I refuse to believe everyone they have lined up to testify against him is a liar and out to get him.if he wants all cleared up all he has to do is what all the other cheats have done and that is come clean and offer some lame apology/excuse for doing it. or how about letting his buddy testify?you know the guy who went to jail rather than go against him. he must have paid him alot to do that but if he is not hiding anything why not testify?

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