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  1. Obama compares the Farm Bill to Mike Trout

    Feb 7, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    President Obama was in Michigan today to sign the Farm Bill. I feel like he was trolling Miguel Cabrera truthers up there when he chose to compare it to baseball’s actual best player: The president likened the nearly $1 trillion bill to a Swiss Army Knife for its many policy implications — on agriculture, on…

  2. Ryan Braun confident in abilities heading into 2014

    Jan 26, 2014, 6:25 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun Getty

    At the same time the Brewers were finalizing their deal with starter Matt Garza, outfielder Ryan Braun was making the rounds with the media and fans at the “Brewers on Deck” event at the Wisconsin Center earlier today. He was asked about a variety of topics, but mostly about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Braun,…

  3. Brewers, Matt Garza agree on a four-year, $50 million deal

    Jan 26, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    On Thursday, we learned that the Brewers had signed free agent starter Matt Garza to a four-year, $52 million contract. However, the deal was never finalized and talks hit a standstill. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported earlier that the hold-up was related to certain language included in the contract. Per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee…

  4. Prince Fielder has dropped weight; Adrian Beltre predicts he’ll win the MVP

    Jan 26, 2014, 10:44 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    It’s premature to call this a Best Shape of His Life report — we need a bit more — but be it known that Prince Fielder is officially on BSOHL watch: He has dropped weight. He has dumped the dreadlocks in favor of a high-and-tight haircut. He will move into the featured No. 3 spot…

  5. Will the MLBPA fire arbitrator Frederic Horowitz?

    Jan 14, 2014, 6:23 AM EDT

    Horowitz

    The neutral third arbitrator who handles PED appeals, as well as grievances brought by players, serves at the pleasure of both Major League Baseball and the MLBPA. They can fire him for any reason. They can fire him for no reason. All that need happen is written notice from one side or the other. We…

  6. MLB needs to assure the players that the A-Rod case does not set a new precedent

    Jan 13, 2014, 9:17 AM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Everyone is squawking about MLB officials going on “60 Minutes” last night. I don’t think it’s the biggest thing in the world. It’s unseemly for MLB to basically take a victory lap like that, but I doubt they would have if A-Rod and his lawyers hadn’t been pulling those kinds of stunts themselves. Which, of course,…

  7. Tony Bosch: Alex Rodriguez wanted to start an 800-homer club

    Jan 12, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Interviewed by 60 Minutes for Sunday’s show, former drug dealer Tony Bosch says he first met with Alex Rodriguez in 2010 and subsequently gave him numerous performance enhancers and supplements over the following two years, including the banned substances testosterone, hGH and insulin growth factor. Bosch said upon meeting Rodriguez the former MVP asked him…

  8. Today’s decision punishes A-Rod, but it also gives Bud Selig new power

    Jan 11, 2014, 6:40 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    I think the most interesting thing about Alex Rodriguez‘s suspension is that curious number of games: 162. It’s such a great number. It matches up so perfectly with a major league baseball season! I thought Ryan Braun‘s suspension was interesting too: 65 games. When, as a matter of pure coincidence, I’m sure, the Milwaukee Brewers had…

  9. A-Rod will try to appeal to federal court, but he’s not likely to have success

    Jan 11, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    In the wake of Alex Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension being reduced to 162 games, he said that he plans to appeal the decision to federal court. This is not unexpected, but I also believe that it will be a waste of his time and his money. Arbitration is chosen by parties for the express purpose of…

  10. Alex Rodriguez receives 162-game suspension

    Jan 11, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been hit with a 162-game suspension from arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, effectively ruling him out for the entire 2014 season. The suspension also covers the postseason. Rodriguez originally received a 211-game suspension from MLB in August due to his alleged ties to Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic in South Florida which…

  11. The massive Hall of Fame post

    Jan 7, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    The Hall of Fame ... has never really married its two founding visions.  Some people still view it as Alexander Cleland’s place for parents and children to enjoy the history of baseball and maybe go to the field for a catch. Some view it the way Ford Frick did, as baseball’s “Hall of Great Americans,” to honor players who represent the fundamental principles that make up the spirit of the American people.

    Part I: A short history First, just a little bit of history. The Baseball Hall of Fame, more or less, was the brainchild of two people. The first knew nothing whatsoever about baseball. The second romanticized the game beyond all reason. You can think about whose spirit still lingers over Cooperstown, N.Y. The first was…

  12. Court rules that MLB can depose Yuri Sucart in its pointless lawsuit

    Dec 19, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    a-rod getty tall

    Major League Baseball sought to depose Alex Rodriguez‘s cousin Yuri Sucart in the lawsuit it filed against Biogenesis and lots of other folks. That is, the lawsuit which gave Major League Baseball the handle with which to turn Anthony Bosch and others as it pursued Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and other ballplayers. Over the summer Sucart filed a writ…

  13. MLB still trying to get evidence that A-Rod obstructed the Biogenesis investigation

    Dec 12, 2013, 8:51 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    Alex Rodriguez‘s P.R. guy, Michael Sitrick, was allegedly served with a subpoena by Major League Baseball. They wanted him to testify in the arbitration as to whether he or his underlings leaked Biogenesis documents implicating Ryan Braun and Francisco Cervelli to the press. MLB believes that he did, and by doing so A-Rod — through his…

  14. Ryan Braun is changing positions

    Dec 5, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    ryan braun brewers

    Miguel Cabrera isn’t the only MVP changing positions. As part of the Norichika Aoki trade the Brewers announced that Ryan Braun will move from left field to right field for 2014, opening up left field for Khris Davis after he showed a ton of power in a 56-game debut. Moving from one outfield corner to…

  15. Ryan Braun had dinner with sample-collector Dino Laurenzi, they have “made amends”

    Nov 27, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun Getty new

    As noted earlier, Ryan Braun participated in a charity food drive today and afterward spoke to the media. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has a transcript of his comments here. If you’re looking for frank talk and Braun falling on his sword you’re not going to get it. There’s a lot of “let’s just look to the…

  16. Ryan Braun to make first public appearance since his suspension

    Nov 27, 2013, 9:53 AM EDT

    ryan braun getty

    Ryan Braun is at Miller Park today, working on a food drive: Outside Miller Park @Brewers Ryan Braun collecting items at food drive @WISN12News pic.twitter.com/Qr52tSH8nm — Patrick Paolantonio (@ppaolantonio) November 27, 2013   He’s supposed to make his first comments to the media since his PED suspension. I can’t imagine anything he’ll say will change…

  17. Mets have had internal discussions about trading for Ryan Braun

    Nov 20, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    braun getty

    Matt Cerrone of Metsblog is reporting that the Mets have had internal discussions about pursuing Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, per people connected to the team. Recently, Brewers GM Doug Melvin said that the two teams would make a good match as trading partners. The Mets are looking to move first baseman Ike Davis and the…

  18. An interesting statistical note about Yadier Molina

    Nov 15, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    yadier molina getty

    The beautiful thing about science — any field of it — is that you start out with a hypothesis and you use data to confirm or reject your hypothesis. You don’t simply accept something as fact because a lot of people believe it or because someone in authority told you it was true. Science does…

  19. Report: MLB impeded a Florida Department of Health investigation when it bought Biogenesis docs

    Nov 15, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Hey, I realize that an actual arm of the Florida government tasked with protecting the health and welfare of Florida citizens has a job to do, but that crap has to go by the wayside when Major League Baseball is getting bad publicity and Bud Selig has a legacy to secure. It’s all about priorities,…

  20. Must-click link: All of the sordid details in the Alex Rodriguez case

    Nov 4, 2013, 12:37 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    Every week we get a story here or there in which Alex Rodriguez‘s lawyer or someone from Major League Baseball fires a missile at the other side. Or some odd fact falls out that puts one side or the other in a bad light. I obsess about A-Rod and PED cases more than most people,…

  21. Previewing Saturday’s Fall Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League

    Nov 2, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    ArizonaFallLeagueLogo

    Feeling lost without live baseball in your life? Worry not, as some of the game’s top prospects will be on display in tonight’s Fall Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League. The game will begin at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on MLB Network and MLB.com. Formerly known as the “Rising Stars”…

  22. Francisco Cervelli talks about his PED use and Biogenesis

    Oct 9, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Francisco Cervelli

    I imagine we won’t hear from other suspended-but- largely-anonymous Biogenesis players like Sergio Escalona and Fautino De Los Santos, but Francisco Cervelli plays for the Yankees, so he’s got a somewhat higher media profile. Cervelli spoke with Newsday yesterday and talked about his PED use and his involvement with the infamous Miami clinic. The upshot: he had…

  23. ALDS Preview: Tigers vs. Athletics

    Oct 3, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera Getty

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Tigers and Athletics have in store for us in the American League Division Series. The Teams Detroit Tigers (93-69) vs. Oakland Athletics (96-66) The Matchups Game 1 Friday in Oakland: Max Scherzer vs. Bartolo…

  24. UPDATE: A-Rod denies that he’s using the “I had no idea what I was taking” defense

    Oct 2, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    UPDATE: A-Rod’s team is denying the Daily News’ report: Statement from A-Rod peeps as to report he claimed he was duped by Bosch into taking illegal stuff: “What is being reported is NOT true.” — Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) October 2, 2013   11:03 AM: Or: Great Moments in Unoriginal and Implausible Excuses. From the Daily…

  25. Bud Selig makes it official: He’ll step down in January of 2015

    Sep 26, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Bud Selig insisted way back in July of 2012 that he planned to step down following the 2014 season and today he made it official, announcing that he will cease being Commissioner in January of 2015. Selig, who will turn 80 in July, has been running MLB since 1992, for six years as interim Commissioner…

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