Found January 09, 2013 on Friarhood:
Dave Winfield HOF Plaque – Photo by ewen and donabel Don’t blame the writers for not voting for a bunch of cheats. Blame Bud Selig for letting it happen. With a ballot that looked like an All-MLB first team from the mid-90s, the candidates put up a goose egg (75.0% or higher needed for induction).  Today, no player was elected in the MLB Hall of Fame.  As a Padres fan we are sitting in a holding pattern until Trevor Hoffman is eligible, but for those that remember the “Crime Dog”, you did have some rooting interest.  On a ballot that included first-time eligible players such as: Barry Bonds (36.2%) Roger Clemens (37.6%) Sammy Sosa (12.5%) Craig Biggio (68.2%) Mike Piazza (57.8%) Curt Schilling (38.8%)   It’s tough to say what these numbers mean, but it appears 50 (Rafael Palmeiro) will vote for a guy that did text positive.  70 will vote for a guy that tested positive and wouldn’t have otherwise been good player (Sosa).  206-214 will vote for guys that were great before they used...

Padres Rumors: Significant Move On the Horizon?

There is no way that San Diego Padres general manager Josh Byrnes exits the offseason with the addition of free agent Jason Marquis being his only “significant move,” a rival executive told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. One rival executive says there is no chance that general manager Josh Byrnes completes his off-season with the addition of free-agent right-hander...

When His Tenure Ends, Here’s the Man Who Could Replace Bud Selig

Who will replace this man? Since Bud Selig stepped into the ownership ranks of Major League Baseball, he seemed to be everywhere, all the time. Early in his Brewers ownership tenure there didn’t seem to be a committee that he wasn’t on, learning every aspect of the ownership and league structure. But, if there was a defining moment for Selig—one in which he positioned...

Mets interested on Wells on a MiLB

Evan Drellich of is reporting that the Mets are interested in Kip Wells.  The 35 y/o right hander made a somewhat successful return to major league baseball last year with the Padres.  After a two year hiatus from the majors, Wells made seven starts with a 2-7 record and a 4.58 ERA / 1.63 WHIP.  Wells is a long way from his 1998 1st round pick or his 32 wins with a 3.88...

Daily Friar 1.9.13

As you may have noticed, there was no Daily Friar yesterday. I will of course take full responsibility for that one as I was making the journey back to San Diego from Phoenix and frankly just didn’t have time to do it. So that means today’s post will have articles from yesterday as well as today, so hopefully that will make up for it. The spring training roster is starting to...

Major League Baseball, Players Association Agree to In-Season HGH Testing

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — Major League Baseball will test for human growth hormone throughout the regular season and increase efforts to detect abnormal levels of testosterone. Players were subject to blood testing for HGH during spring training last year, and Thursday’s agreement between management and the players’ association expands that throughout the season. Those are in...

MLB and Players Agree to In Season HGH Testing

  Major League Baseball and the Players Union have agreed to in season blood testing to detect an increase in testosterone. It’s a big step from last year when they only performed blood testing during spring training. Bud Selig was quoted as saying the agreement is a proud day for [...]

Will the Wilpons thumb their nose at Selig over Mike Piazza?

Major League Baseball officially announced their choices for the Hall of Fame. Well, actually, they didn’t announce anyone this year. The big controversy is that baseball writers did not elect a single player for baseball’s highest honor. While I understand the dilemma they faced with names like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, there are others who were equally worthy that were...

MLB to expand blood testing for HGH

PARADISE VALLEY, Arizona (AP) Major League Baseball will test for human growth hormone throughout the regular season and increase efforts to detect abnormal levels of testosterone. Players were subject to blood testing for HGH during spring training last year, and Thursday's agreement between management and the players' association expands that throughout the season. Those...
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