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While I’m a little late on blogging about this news, it was announced a few days ago that federal prosecutors in the Barry Bonds case are appealing the judge’s ruling that Bonds’ positive steroid tests from 2003, as well as doping calendars put together by Bonds’ personal trainer Greg Anderson, could not be used as evidence that Bonds perjured himself. This announcement was made shortly after Anderson again refused to testify against Bonds. This new development will push the trial back into the summer months.
I know that many of you are probably sick of hearing about this kind of stuff during baseball’s ethereal-like Spring Training, but I feel compelled to discuss these matters due to the fact that they represent the biggest current problem in baseball right now. Much like the 1919 Black Sox scandal, the Steroid Era has caused the game to lose much credibility, and thus must be dealt with in a very serious fashion. I would like nothing more than to never write about the issue of steroids again, but unfortunately that may be long (if ever) in the future.
In an interesting comparison, I think that Bonds may very well be the “Shoeless” Joe Jackson of our generation. Even though there wasn’t much concrete evidence that Jackson ever accepted a bribe to throw the 1919 World Series, he became one of the “Eight Men Out” nonetheless and was banned from the game for life just for THINKING about taking a bribe, essentially. It could very well have been that then-Commissioner Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis made an example of Jackson, essentially declaring that not even the greatest stars could get away with acts that tarnish the game.
While Bonds’ case is a bit different, as he is much more quantifiably guilty than the Shoeless one, I believe he is also being made an example of. I mean, there are many other players (weren’t there over 100 on the ’03 list?!) that the Fed could be going after, but instead they are focusing on nailing Bonds. I’m not saying this is wrong by any means, as Bonds deserves to be punished if indeed he did perjure himself, but I’m just pointing out that the federal government is doing what current Commissioner Bud Selig has proven unable to do…play the “Judge Landis” card.
-Just to let my readers know, I will not be blogging about individual Twins Spring Training games. I know it is exciting that the boys of summer are getting after it again, but I’ve never really been able to get into evaluating essentially meaningless games. Once the regular season starts, however, I hope to have some comments every night!
For those of us who want to see Barry Bonds punished to the full extent of the law for perjuring himself to the U.S. government, a major blow was dealt today. The judge in the case barred Bonds’ positive steroid tests from 2003, citing that there isn’t definitive proof that those tests belonged to Barry. Plus, along the same vein, the doping calendars seized from Bonds’ personal trainer Greg Anderson cannot be used in the trial, as (even though a B.B. is present throughout the journals) the court cannot prove with 100% certainty that B.B. is Barry Bonds.
So, in all likelihood, the entire case will rest on the testimony of Mr. Anderson. However, he has proven to be one tough cookie, serving a long prison sentence already because he didn’t give up Bonds’ name from the get-go. It makes me sick that Bonds could get by on these technicalities. Just look at the guy…an A-1 example of a punk who still thinks he will get away with something illegal.
Where’s Neo when you need him?!