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City of Anaheim Files Appeal in Angels Lawsuit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Staff   
Tuesday, 27 February 2007 01:09

AngelsThe City of Anaheim has filed an appeal in the case involving the naming of the Angels to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. As reported by the LA Times:

The Angels parlayed a series of erroneous court rulings into an opportunity to "misdirect the jury" toward a verdict in their favor last year, the city of Anaheim argued in formally renewing its fight over the team's name.

An Orange County jury decided last February that the Angels had not broken their stadium lease by adding Los Angeles to their name. On Monday, nine months after the Anaheim City Council voted to appeal, city attorneys asked a state appellate court to reverse the verdict or throw it out and order a new trial.

The Angels will not file a response until June, and a decision will most likely not be rendered before the end of the '07 season. 

 
Veterans Committee Vote Announced Today PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Staff   
Tuesday, 27 February 2007 01:00

The Hall of FameToday, the Veterans Committee will announce whether anyone on this years' ballot will be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Since the Veterans Committee was revamped for the 2003 election, no one has been chosen by the voters -- mostly living Hall of Famers.

The Veterans Committee will also vote on players that were not selected the first time by the BBWAA. 

This year sees the following non-players (Baseball Executives and/or Managers and/or Umpires) on the composite ballot

Marvin Miller is seen as the most likely of this list to gain entrance of all the non-players.

Read the Biz of Baseball interviews with Marlin Miller, Bowie Kuhn, and Buzzie Bavasi

 
Fehr on Mitchell Probe, HGH Testing, and Other Issues PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Staff   
Monday, 26 February 2007 07:28

Donald FehrMLBPA executive director, Donald Fehr talked to the press today as he made his annual rounds of all the teams in Spring Training. Fehr's comments were made Monday at the Diamondback's spring training facility. The following quotes were reported by the AP :

  • On the Mitchell investigation - "We haven't made any comment about the Mitchell investigation specifically. What you should expect, however, is that any time any player has an issue with that or something arises, then we will give them whatever our best advice is under the circumstances, and then players make their individual decisions."
  • On Mitchell's comments - "I don't think there's anything productive for us to engage in a war," Fehr said. "We spend a lot of time in this country lately with lawyers trying to get public relations advantage on things. I'm not sure that when you're dealing with rights which may be in some sense fairly technical and legal that you ought to be doing that."
  • On "taking a hard look" HGH testing -  "So far as I know it hasn't been peer reviewed by anybody," he said. "Nobody knows the details. We'll take a hard look at whatever it becomes when and if it becomes."
  • On whether Selig would attend Bonds' breaking Aaron's record - "You know, look, at this point with all the controversy surrounding him, you ask Bud what he's going to do and he's going to demure and basically say 'I don't know yet'," Fehr said. "We'll wait and see what happens. I'm not going to prejudge anything."
  • On coming to labor peace with the latest Basic Agreement - "It was remarkable," Fehr said. "It never happened before in my career. It made me feel pretty good."
 
e-Ticket article on Gyroball PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 26 February 2007 10:46

I have determined that there is more than one Holy Grail. I know that there is the mythical goblet that was supposedly used to catch some of Christ's blood while on the cross, and that it has been said that it forever held healing properties. There are others, but I'm seeing that in baseball parlance, the search for the gyroball has begun to surpass all.

Some Guy Named Will CarrollI had the good fortune to hang with my Baseball Prospectus colleague Will Carroll this past weekend in Indianapolis. We sat on a panel together for the Sports Management Worldwide Career Conference, and in-between our responsibilities at the conference, we talked… a lot.

Now, we didn’t talk gyroball, but that’s not the point. Will’s got the OCD thing going like I do, and therefore, when I see how his brain ticks, I can see how he fits in today’s ESPN e-Ticket article.

Here’s the recommendation. After reading this posting, drop everything and read the article. It’s a fascinating look at the physics of baseball, the culture of the gyroball, the search for the truth or the search of myth, and of course there's great stuff on pitching, as well as all the fun trimmings of an e-Ticket article.

Here’s a short excerpt from Patrick Hruby’s article, Chasing the Demon Sphere:

Carroll kept asking for the time. I told him he was fine. (Actually, things went on for at least half an hour. So much for his guarantee). Now and then, Carroll would track a pitch, then say something like, "Did you see it?"

Gotta admit: I didn't. I started to worry. That's when it happened. Anthony Montefusco, a 15-year-old sophomore, threw a pitch. Kevin James, a former Rutgers catcher and Montclair State coach, stood in. I was positioned behind the catcher. (Behind the safety net, too. Good place to be). The ball spun toward James' torso, then broke down and across the plate.

James went nuts. Said he was frozen, that the pitch had more movement than any slider or curveball he had ever seen. Swore it could be devastating. Just plain swore. Turned to Carroll and said — and this is right out of my notes — "America needs to bring this pitch over and teach it to our kids."

Great video, which you have to see. Batter after batter hacking high at the pitch.


 
Mitchell Urges Bonds to Cooporate in Steroids Probe PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Staff   
Monday, 26 February 2007 06:44

George MitchellGeorge Mitchell has taken to directly approaching Barry Bonds and other players being investigated in the BALCO scandal to submit to interviews and turn over their medical records. In a letter dated Feb. 1st, Mitchell urged Bonds and others to cooperate.

"Nothing is more important than the integrity of the game of baseball," he wrote.

As reported by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams of the San Francisco Chronicle:

Copies of Mitchell's letter, which was read to The Chronicle by a person with knowledge of the investigation, were sent to Bonds, Detroit Tigers outfielder Gary Sheffield and other players.

Bonds, Sheffield and six other present and former players testified in 2003 before the federal grand jury that investigated the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative steroid ring. The players were implicated in the use of BALCO's banned drugs, according to evidence in possession of federal investigators, but none was accused of a crime.

Mitchell's letters were accompanied by medical waiver forms that, if signed, would allow baseball investigators access to a player's past, current and future medical records.

Barry BondsBonds' attorney, Michael Rains said any such action would be impossible as long as Bonds still faces indictment in the BALCO investigation.

"I said, 'I'm sorry, but I have to give him that advice,' " Rains said.

 
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