Welcome to the noon live chat. Well, actually, it's 9 a.m. in Seattle where thousands of Jays fans are waking up after partying late into the night. There's a hotel right next to Safeco that is pretty nice digs that has nothing but the colour blue in the lobby. Great atmosphere for the new Jays to see and understand what this team means to the country.
by Richard Griffin 8/6/2013 4:00:12 PM
I'd be interested in some intelligent feedback as to what baseball has done with the Biogenesis punishments and especially A-Rod. Send in your comments.
by Richard Griffin 8/6/2013 4:01:02 PM
Melky has been sent to Florida to have his knee examined and there is no logical reason why he should rejoin the Jays until he's ready to play again in Sept. However, even when Melky was here, DeRosa said, "I don't care what Melky thinks of what I'm saying, but..." Melky should just be happy that he has a MLB job that is paying him $8 million for two years. DeRosa is a good dude and highly respected. Even Lawrie last night give DeRo very subtle credit for his improved play
by Richard Griffin 8/6/2013 4:03:44 PM
It would be if there had been no logical physical explanation other than "forearm soreness." But entrapment of a nerve is at least a solid reason. I just remember a certain writer in the day harping on J.R. Richard as a slacker because he wasn't pitching and then soon after that he suffered a stroke. You have to be careful when it comes to health or lack of work ethic.
by Richard Griffin 8/6/2013 4:05:33 PM
No. If he continues to play through the end of 2013, I could see the arbitrator siding with A-Rod's high powered teasm of lawyers, the Fab Five and reducing it to match Ryan Braun. That would be the first 65 games of 2014. That's just my opinion.
by Richard Griffin 8/6/2013 4:07:10 PM
My PEDs include Monster and Molson Ex. ... Neither one has made me Hemingway.
by Richard Griffin 8/6/2013 4:08:08 PM
No. But I know exactly what is going to hapen if Johnson has another bad start tonight where he gets shelled early, catches too much of the middle of the plate and gets tonged. The clue was in a JP Arencibia comment earlier in the week and I forget where I saw it because JP and I don't talk much right now, but JP said that Johnson seemed to be wincing when he landed like his knee was sore. Boom. There it is. Sore knee 15-day DL until rosters expand then bring him back and give him a couple more shots after you sit Esmil Rogers because of his increased innings load.
by Richard Griffin 8/6/2013 4:11:30 PM
He has a few tweaks like the Yugo team entering a car in the Indy 500
by Richard Griffin 8/6/2013 4:12:22 PM
Right now the Union is carrying out the letter of the agreement but with interpretation that reflects the vocal majority of members that want harsher penalties. The players want harsher penalties and this aspect of the CBA can be opened at any time. The players association has its meeting in late November. MLB in December at the winter meetings. They will agree to open it up and get harsher.
by Richard Griffin 8/6/2013 4:14:41 PM
I still believe that any money that is not paid to a player during suspension should have to be donated to national drug awareness and rehab charities by the team. That way the Yankees would not be seen as pulling so dman hard for A-Rod to disappear. If A-Rode had been suspended for lif, the Yankees would have had to contribute his $95 million to charities. Sure it would have been removed from counting against payroll but money is money. It would hurt them for harbouring a drug abuser. That should be alleged...
by Richard Griffin 8/6/2013 4:17:33 PM