Stories tagged with Baseball

Baseball players and politicians

By Laurie Bennett   |   July 19, 2017 at 2:45pm   |   0 Comments

Watching the clip of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie catch a foul ball at a Mets game Tuesday got us to thinking about politics and baseball.

Theo Epstein ends another baseball curse

By Laurie Bennett   |   November 3, 2016 at 5:56am   |   0 Comments

Who you going to call? Theo Epstein!

Clemens acquitted of perjury charges

By Laurie Bennett   |   June 18, 2012 at 3:54pm   |   0 Comments

Former baseball great Roger Clemens was acquitted on all charges Monday after a nine-week trial on charges that he had lied about steroid use.

Super Sam Fuld’s off-field connections

By Laurie Bennett   |   July 22, 2011 at 10:33am   |   0 Comments

He’s a legend after his time.

Los Angeles Dodgers file for bankruptcy

By Laurie Bennett   |   June 27, 2011 at 9:36am   |   0 Comments

There is no joy in LA-ville.

Selig vetoes cable deal for LA Dodgers

By Laurie Bennett   |   June 21, 2011 at 7:42am   |   0 Comments

There’s no divorce in baseball!

Roger Clemens indicted

By Laurie Bennett   |   August 19, 2010 at 1:52pm   |   0 Comments

Roger Clemens was indicted Thursday on charges that he lied to a congressional panel investigating the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Attorney Cristina Arguedas may steer Barry Bonds’ future in more ways than one

By A. James Memmott   |   July 21, 2009 at 8:45am   |   0 Comments

Whether or not the perjury case against baseball’s Barry Bonds goes to trial could depend upon who becomes the next U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California.

Knoblauch talks to Congress

By A. James Memmott   |   February 3, 2008 at 12:18pm   |   0 Comments

For years, Chuck Knoblauch has been the answer to this trivia question:

“What Yankee second baseman hit Keith Olbermann’s mom with a wild throw?”

But now, Knoblauch, 39, has become the answer to another trivia question. On baseball blogs, people are asking, in one way or another:

Clemens uses the B12 defense

By A. James Memmott   |   January 6, 2008 at 6:35am   |   0 Comments

Time will tell, but right now it would seem that the vitamin B12 explanation isn’t working much better for Roger Clemens than the flaxseed oil defense did for Barry Bonds.

Clemens told Mike Wallace in a 60 Minutes interview to be aired this evening that, contrary to allegations, he received injections of vitamin B12 and lidocaine earlier in his career, not steroids and human growth hormones.

Sports writers and sports columnists don’t seem to be taking Clemens at his word, in part because they’ve been down this road before.

Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee face off

By A. James Memmott   |   January 3, 2008 at 6:03pm   |   1 Comments

The producers of 60 Minutes couldn’t have asked for a better buildup to Sunday’s scheduled broadcast of an interview with baseball’s Roger Clemens about allegations that he used illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

The stakes in that interview, already high, have been raised by the lawyer for Clemens’ chief accuser and former trainer, Brian McNamee.

He’s said that if Clemens, who has denied using the drugs, calls McNamee a liar in the interview, he’ll sue for libel.

Theatrical Rusty Hardin takes Clemens’s case

By A. James Memmott   |   January 2, 2008 at 7:02am   |   0 Comments

Baseball’s Roger Clemens has never been one to back down and go easy on batters.

So it’s no surprise that he has launched a very public campaign to clear his name of allegations leveled against him in the Mitchell report on the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.

And it’s also not surprising that Rusty Hardin, a Houston-based criminal defense lawyer, is representing Clemens.

Beane counting at NetSuite

By Laurie Bennett   |   December 18, 2007 at 9:08am   |   0 Comments

The starring roles in the much-anticipated public offering of NetSuite belong to founder Evan Goldberg, president Zach Nelson and investor Larry Ellison.

But a behind-the-scenes player yields some insight into the corporate culture. Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland Athletics, joined the company’s board of directors in January.

George Mitchell: connected or conflicted?

By A. James Memmott   |   December 15, 2007 at 11:22am   |   0 Comments

Connections can be good, but they can also become conflicts of interest.

Former U.S. Sen. George J. Mitchell released his report Thursday on the illegal use of steroids and other performances enhancing substances by Major League Baseball players.

Mitchell, 74, is widely respected, the sort of statesman who’s called in to fix problems others can’t solve. But he also has past and current links to baseball, including his role as director of the Boston Red Sox.

Barry Bonds hires powerful defense team

By A. James Memmott   |   December 14, 2007 at 2:07pm   |   0 Comments

Barry Bonds struck out on his first attempt to hire a high-powered lawyer to defend him against federal perjury charges.

Negotiations broke down between the home run king and John Keker, a celebrated criminal defense attorney. Reports were that Bonds was put off by Keker’s fee — said to be $900 an hour — and other issues.

But Bonds stepped up to the plate again, and by the end of last week he had assembled a solid defense team of experienced lawyers.

Steroid report centers on two suppliers

By Laurie Bennett   |   December 14, 2007 at 9:03am   |   0 Comments

Two major informants play central roles in the searing report on steroid use in baseball, released yesterday by former Sen. George Mitchell.

Kirk Radomski, a former Mets clubhouse attendant, and Brian McNamee, a former strength trainer for the Yankees and Blue Jays, provided much of the information linking players to drug use. The document named 89 players, including superstars Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco and Jason Giambi.

Scott Boras: The Ari Gold of baseball

By A. James Memmott   |   November 5, 2007 at 8:43am   |   0 Comments

Like any sport, baseball needs its villains.

And right now, there’s no better villain than Scott Boras, the California-based sports agent who has the audacity to seek and get really, really good contracts for his millionaire clients.

Boras, 55, is so hateful, it would seem, that he will even upstage the World Series.

Torre should have looked over the fence

By A. James Memmott   |   November 3, 2007 at 9:59am   |   0 Comments

Baseball has been very good to Joe Torre, but would he have been better off managing another sport?

A look at the numbers suggests that Torre, who yesterday signed a $13.5 million contract to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers for three years, might have done better on another sideline.

Granted $4.5 million a year isn’t bad, even if it’s a drop from the $7.5 million a year he got from the Yankees for 2007.

Candidates and baseball owners cover political bases

By A. James Memmott   |   October 10, 2007 at 12:35pm   |   0 Comments

Two seasons have collided - the endless season of the presidential campaign and the shorter season of the baseball playoffs.

This means that presidential candidates have been showing up at the playoffs, most especially Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani, who was there front and center to see his beloved New York Yankees exit the playoffs in the first round.

These sporting appearances make sense. The politicos get a little TV airtime away from the coffee shops of New Hampshire and Iowa. And they associate themselves with a game that’s American as apple pie and steroids. (OK. They don’t stress the steroids.)

But there can be risks to rooting for a team, as it inevitably means rooting against another team. Giuliani have picked up some votes in New York, but the inhabitants of Red Sox Nation might not be able to forgive his connection to, in their opinions, an evil empire.

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