bud selig huhThe latest from around baseball …

  • Last time out, we discussed MLB’s reported vendetta against Ryan Braun, and the lengths to which they were willing to go to bust him in the wake of the Biogenesis PED scandal. Well, now MLB will file suit today in Florida in order to attempt to gain access to documents it believes it needs to thoroughly investigate Braun, and other players allegedly implicated in Biogenesis materials, according to the New York Times. Without boring you about the legal hilarities of discovery, unless this move prompts “sources” to start cooperating behind the scenes with MLB, there will be no resolution in this matter for quite some time. Filing suit is but the first step in a long process, the meat of which could yield you documents, but sometimes not for months or years. (I once worked on a case that was still in the discovery phase – e.g., the exchange and review of documents – nine years after it was originally filed. Incidentally, I’m told the case finally settled soon after I left the practice, so maybe I was the problem ….). I don’t know that this will actually go anywhere, but it’s further evidence of just how pissed off MLB is about players getting away with PED use. Seriously, Cubs players: don’t ever juice.
  • (Just to be precise: MLB has indeed filed suit against Biogenesis, Anthony Bosch, and others, claiming that their relationship with MLB players has caused MLB harm. This is a pretty significant step in the evolution of drug investigations in sports, which have, to date, avoided the courts.)
  • Barring a “significant change,” Aroldis Chapman will not be a starting pitcher this season with the Reds, despite efforts to move in that direction all offseason. Chapman never wanted to start, and Dusty Baker never wanted him to start, so the duo are going to get their way. Mike Leake, then, returns to the rotation, and Jonathan Broxton becomes a very, very expensive setup man. (This seems like an appropriate time to link this Dusty/Chapman movie poster.)
  • Although Jorge Soler got all the pub last year, Yasiel Puig got the much healthier contract. Until scouts were able to see Puig consistently late last year, and then more this Spring, folks wondered what the Dodgers were thinking. Well, now that talk of Puig making the Dodgers has legitimately arisen (as opposed to illegitimate talk of Soler or Javier Baez making the Cubs), I think we know what the Dodgers were thinking. They may have found a good one. He’s still unlikely to open the season with the big team (who gets bench: Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, or Carl Crawford?), but he’s going to be knocking on the door quickly.
  • Minor League Baseball teams continue to be innovators of all things awesome. The Sacramento River Cats – note that precise formulation of the name – issued a press release informing everyone who write for or about the team of a new fine system: any time a member of the organization, the media, or even a ticket-holder improperly writes “River Cats,” they will be fined $1. Apparently formulations like “Rivercats,” “River cats,” and “RiverCats” have frustrated the organization for too long, and so they decided to take it on with a tongue-in-cheek release (do I owe them $3 now?). The proceeds from the fines will go to a good cause. I would like to shake the hand of the media relations person who came up with this idea.
  • TWC

    Did Mike Leake just steal Chapman’s starting role?!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett


      • TWC

        Thank. You.

        I think we’re the only two that appreciate a good Mike Leake theft joke.

        • waittilthisyear

          im late to the party, but not bad. that starting spot is probably worth more than a few t shirts…

          • TWC

            I approve this piling-on. Well done.

  • TWC

    Re: the Sac Riv Cats…

    I’m kiiiiinda ticked that the IA Cubs are’t making it out this year. Timing was bad last year and I didn’t get to see the 4-game set up in Sacramento, and I won’t see them this year. Unless, of course, I go to Iowa.


    But seriously. Are Minor League schedules typically that variable? They don’t play (relatively) even home-away series with all teams in their league?

    • hansman1982

      That is the beauty of living in Iowa, I get to see the I Cubs whenever I darn well please…

      • TWC

        At least you have something.

        • DarthHater

          He also has a computer to look at pictures of Jennifer Lawrence…

          • MichiganGoat

            Um you mean hamburgers right? Hansman has been calling hamburgers after hot actress lately, he get very confused very easily 😉

      • Cedlandrum


    • Diesel

      I have noticed that the I-Cubs play one series against the rivercats each year. One year in Iowa and the next in Sac. Kind of similar to college football. I am annoyed too because I would love to go see the I-Cubs in sac this year but won’t be able to. I went to a I-Cubs game against the rivercats in 2002 and got a Barry Zito Bobblehead that I still have in the box. The tickets were a birthday gift from my mom.

      • TWC

        Weeeeell, look at it this way, pal. Next year, should Soler, Baez, et. al start in AAA, we’ll get to see them out here. That’s gotta count for something.

        I should probably buy my tix for one of the July Oakland games, too.

  • MightyBear

    If you spell it correctly are you the River Cats pajamas?

  • Cerambam

    Does anyone else feel a little jealous that we disnt get Puig? I don’t know why but maybe because I know the cubs were willing to spend on someone like him I just feel a little spiteful. Also, missing out on Yoenis Cespedes hurts too. I guess you can’t win em all.

    • DarthHater

      If Puig turns out better than Soler, Theo’s gonna have some ‘splainin’ to do.

  • dash

    Does the name of their website, rivercats.com, count as a violation?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I guess you’ll find out …

  • Stinky Pete

    When the Rays dropped Devil from their name a few years back they did a similar thing and I believe it was on Sports Center (One of the last times I watched…) they reported the Rays release and then said, “Devil Ray” over and over with a little counter on the bottom of the screen. It was pretty cool.

  • http://Ehanauer.com Clark Addison

    Prior made his Reds debut yesterday. Three up, three down and a strikeout.

  • Jono

    Great article

  • Jono

    I dont understand why MLB is going after these guys (that guy?)is so hard. Im not saying they should ignore it like they did in the 90s, but this seems ridiculous

    • gocatsgo2003

      Because MLB feels like it had Braun dead-to-rights on a highly-publicized positive doping test, only to have him very publicly wiggle out on a technicality (gotta love it when lawyers get involved, especially the highly-compensated king) and now there are very public signs he may have had the gall to go right back to doping?

      Just thinking out loud here.

      • Jono

        Makes sense

  • dan wis

    Hey I have River Cats down its the Sacrom…..men…toe that has me

  • JR

    Casey Kelly is getting Tommy John surgery. Seems right up Theo’s alley. Garza for Kelly at this point may make sense for both teams.

  • Jp3

    It must be hard times for Prior when his agent calls him and says:
    Agent: So Mark….
    Mark: yeah…
    Agent: I…can get you a contract…
    Mark: awesome!!! Where am I going!!! I love you and knew you could find one!!
    Agent: now now now don’t get too excited yet its with the..
    Mark: I don’t care where do I report??!!?!?!
    Agent: Reds
    Mark: sh*t (click)

    • Carew

      hahaha thank you