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  1. The Unbeatable Kansas City Royals

    Mar 6, 2013, 9:23 AM EST

    Eric Hosmer

    SURPRISE, Ariz. — When I was columnist for The Kansas City Star, I would write an annual column where I predicted the Kansas City Royals to win the division. It wasn’t quite an inside joke … and it certainly wasn’t a serious prediction. It was, instead, my best effort to capture a little bit of…

  2. Phoenix Municipal Stadium only has one more spring training left in it

    Mar 5, 2013, 3:16 PM EST

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    It was announced this morning that 2014 will be the last season the Athletics train at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. They’re going to move into Hohokam Park, where the Cubs currently train, after the Cubs move into their new place in Mesa and after Hohokam gets a $20 million face lift. Arizona State University’s baseball team…

  3. A’s pick Brett Anderson as Opening Day starter

    Feb 28, 2013, 12:16 PM EST

    Brett Anderson Getty

    In a move that signals just how well his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery has gone, the A’s named Brett Anderson as their Opening Day starter. Anderson had elbow surgery in July of 2011 and returned in August of last season, throwing 35 innings with a 2.57 ERA and 25/7 K/BB ratio while looking…

  4. Bartolo Colon apologizes for his PED use

    Feb 19, 2013, 3:31 PM EST

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    Someone sedate Buster Olney. A player is offering a vague statement of regret but providing no additional details. Susan Slusser of the Chronicle reports: Bartolo Colon met with the media on Tuesday morning, with his usual interpreter, Ariel Prieto, on hand to help. He started off by saying, “The only thing I can say about…

  5. MLB will interview players named in Miami New Times story

    Jan 30, 2013, 8:29 PM EST

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    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, Major League Baseball officials are planning to hold face-to-face interviews with all of the players named in this week’s Miami New Times story. That includes Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon and Yasmani Grandal. MLB officials are hoping first to obtain documents from New…

  6. So who’s more important: the drug users or the drug dealers?

    Jan 29, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

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    Following up on the whole discipline angle from the last post, it definitely seems like more is going to happen before there is either any legal action or baseball disciplinary action in the A-Rod case. I mean, last I checked we don’t prosecute people based on newspaper articles alone. But what that next step is…

  7. Clinic records suggest Alex Rodriguez purchased HGH as recently as 2012; other players named

    Jan 29, 2013, 8:25 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez Getty

    Over the weekend news broke that MLB and the Drug Enforcement Administration were investigating a clinic in Miami run by Anthony Bosch, a noted friend, adviser and consultant to many baseball players.  Bosch’s clinic has long been associated with so-called anti-aging therapies and he has long been associated with PEDs.  MLB reached out to the…

  8. MLB, players agree to expanded drug testing

    Jan 10, 2013, 1:08 PM EST

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    Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times reports that Major League Baseball and the MLBPA have agreed to expand the drug testing program. Specifically, they have agreed to start in-season blood testing for human growth hormone and to implement a new test designed to better police testosterone use. Previously, HGH testing — which requires blood…

  9. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EST

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  10. Carlos Ruiz and performance-enhancing drugs

    Nov 27, 2012, 6:06 PM EST

    Carlos Ruiz

    There are a lot of differing opinions out there, educated and otherwise, on just how much performance-enhancing drugs actually enhance performance. On the one side, there’s suspected users like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens pulling off incredible feats at advanced ages. On the other, there’s the long list of proven cheaters littered with names of journeymen…

  11. Let’s stop beefing about the fact that Melky Cabrera got a contract

    Nov 19, 2012, 9:35 AM EST

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    I’ve seen a dozen of these sorts of sentiments from baseball writers since Melky Cabrera signed with the Blue Jays last week: Melky Cabrera was rewarded with a two-year, $16-million free agent contract by the Toronto Blue Jays. Cabrera’s deal came less than two weeks after the Oakland Athletics gave pitcher Bartolo Colon a pay…

  12. Jon Heyman once again falsely accuses Andy Pettitte of changing his testimony in the Clemens case

    Nov 16, 2012, 5:43 PM EST

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    Jon Heyman has a silly and superfluous column up today in which he attempts to turn a couple of random recent news stories involving PED-associated ballplayers into some big trend piece about PEDs in baseball.  He references two guys — Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi — whose PED stories are years old, and then name-checks…

  13. Manny is being Manny in the Dominican Winter League

    Nov 15, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    Manny Ramirez

    Manny Ramirez is playing in the Dominican Winter League for Aguilas Cibaenas and made his debut last night, homering on the first pitch he saw as the crowd (and television announcers) went bonkers: Some other players on Ramirez’s team include former MVP Miguel Tejada, former Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon, former Rookie of the Year…

  14. Bartolo Colon’s deal could be worth as much as $6 million

    Nov 4, 2012, 5:05 PM EST

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    The A’s announced Saturday that they had signed veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon to a new one-year contract. And now Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chonicle has the full financial details: Despite Colon’s age and his suspension, the A’s will pay him $3 million next year, and an incentives package could push the deal to between…

  15. Athletics re-sign Bartolo Colon to one-year contract

    Nov 3, 2012, 4:37 PM EST

    Bartolo Colon

    UPDATE II: Slusser also hears that despite re-signing Colon, the A’s still have interest in bringing back Brandon McCarthy. UPDATE: Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Colon will receive a $3 million base salary and could earn more with incentives. 4:37 PM: Well, here’s a surprise. According to Jane Lee of MLB.com,…

  16. Bartolo Colon gets six stitches after liner to head

    Oct 29, 2012, 10:23 PM EST

    Bartolo Colon

    Bartolo Colon managed to avoid any fractures when he was hit in the head by a liner while pitching for Aguilas Cibaenas on Sunday, but he did need six stitches to close the cut above his chin. Here’s the video: Colon was making his second winter league start in the Dominican Republic when he was…

  17. Bartolo Colon taken to Dominican hospital after being hit by liner

    Oct 28, 2012, 6:57 PM EST

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    Carlos Almanzar, who works for ESPN Radio in Santo Domingo, reports that Bartolo Colon was taken to the hospital after getting hit in the mouth with a liner while pitching in the Dominican Republic today. Colon, who finished the major league season suspended after a positive PED test, was making his second start for Aguilas…

  18. Billy Beane wants to keep the band together

    Oct 12, 2012, 5:35 PM EST

    Billy Beane

    A’s GM Billy Beane spoke to the media this afternoon. When asked about the plans for next year, Beane said something you don’t hear from him as he enters the offseason all that often: he wants to keep the team together. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle notes that Beane likes the group he…

  19. A’s ride the backs of Balfour, Cook, Doolittle

    Oct 3, 2012, 8:03 PM EST

    Grant Balfour

    For the A’s, it’s as easy as B, C, D In sweeping the Rangers to win the AL West this week, the A’s had Grant Balfour, Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle pitch the final three innings of all three games. They didn’t go in that order — Balfour had the ninth, while the other two…

  20. Bartolo Colon would like to pitch in the playoffs

    Sep 26, 2012, 9:40 AM EST

    Oakland Athletics' Colon returns to dugout during their MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Oakland

    Bartolo Colon is serving a 50-game PED suspension, but Susan Slusser reports that Colon is throwing and would like to pitch in the playoffs if the A’s are still alive once his suspension ends. That would be after 10 playoff games, so he wouldn’t be free until Game 6 of a theoretical Athletics-ALCS. Even though the…

  21. A’s rule out Brett Anderson for regular season

    Sep 20, 2012, 6:29 PM EST

    Brett Anderson

    It was a given that Brett Anderson would miss at least one start after suffering a strained right oblique during his outing Wednesday, but manager Bob Melvin dropped the bad news Thursday that the left-hander was done for at least the regular season. Anderson entered Wednesday’s outing 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA in five starts…

  22. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-81

    Sep 5, 2012, 3:02 PM EST

    Ben Sheets

    It’s getting to be that time of year, so here is the first of two stabs at a Top 111 free agents list. The other will come shortly after the World Series concludes. Players are ranked based on how I believe teams perceive them, not how I view them myself. Essentially, I rank the players…

  23. Another call for teams to vacate wins when a player gets a PED suspension

    Sep 5, 2012, 10:03 AM EST

    Oakland Athletics' Colon returns to dugout during their MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Oakland

    We dealt with this last month, but Jeff Miller of the OC Register goes there anyway. After lamenting that the Angels and Dodgers were victimized by the A’s and Giants due to the latters’ employment of Bartolo Colon and Melky Cabrera, Miller thinks that something more needs to be done: The NCAA certainly wouldn’t permit…

  24. NBC SportsTalk: Brian Cashman’s irresponsible PED comments

    Aug 30, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

    Brian Cashman

    Joe Sheehan and I joined Erik Kuselias on SportsTalk last night and one of the segments was about Brian Cashman’s lack of surprise over Bartolo Colon and Melky Cabrera‘s positive PED tests.  Which is fine as far as it goes. It may be a rare bit of candor from an executive on the topic of…

  25. Yankees GM Brian Cashman ‘not surprised’ Melky, Colon tested positive

    Aug 28, 2012, 9:21 PM EST

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    Speaking Tuesday on ESPN New York, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he was “not surprised” about the positive PED tests for Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon. ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand has the quotes: “In Melky’s case, I think I said in the New York Times article, recently in June, they asked me about him, that when…

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