Bartolo Colon’s suspension for testosterone wasn’t all that shocking to me. I like Colon, he seems like a nice guy that’s having fun in the twilight of his career, and in the end I don’t care that much that he used something that was banned. How else could a 39 year old increase his velocity after having it be down for a few years? German surgery? I’m sure that helped, but not as much as the cream and the clear did. At least he said bye to his teammates which is more than Melky can say. I’ve seen a few people say the A’s are done, and I couldn’t disagree more. Of all the positions on the team, starting pitching is what they have the most depth in. Colon was only 10-9, so it’s not like the A’s lost a Cy Young contender or anything. This is a team that is used to moving on, and unless it’s Reddick or Cespedes getting popped, this team will take it in stride and move on like they have all year. If baseball really wants to stop the cheating, maybe they’ll introduce a new rule that gives teams the option to cut a players contract and guaranteed money to make all players who use something a little more weary of doing it. Imagine if the Yankees simply cut A-Rod one year into his contract after they found out he used steroids. Seems fair to me, you put the organization in jeopardy, you lose millions, and with millions on the line it would make them question their actions a little more. It wouldn’t deter everyone, but I think it would help.
The Sacramento Kings are heading to Virginia Beach!?! Not exactly a hot spot for basketball, but once again it shows how desperate the Maloofs are to get out of Sac since they’ve burned that bridge a few times over. The Nets, Wizards, Sixers, and Bobcats all reside in that general area, and are in the bottom of the league in attendance (aside from the Sixers), why would Virginia be any better. The only reason the Kings don’t draw in Sacramento anymore is because the fans hate the Maloofs so much they don’t want to give them any of their hard earned money. Can’t say I blame one of them. Oh, and they kinda suck, and are always spending the least they possibly can on team payroll, so that factors in a little too. Even if they do agree to a deal and everything seems set in place, the Maloofs are really good at backing out of a plan, so I won’t believe it until they’re breaking ground for the new arena in Virginia. The only hope for the Kings staying in Sac is that the Maloofs go broke and need to sell the team in order to stay afloat financially.
August 23rd, 2012 at 2:30 pm
For some reason Bartolo was under the impression that the test was being done to check his cholesterol level . ‘nough said !
August 23rd, 2012 at 3:57 pm
August 23rd, 2012 at 4:12 pm
This is another black eye for baseball because here the plausibility that MLB is cleaning up the sport is a complete joke ! Two players in the “Majors” but several more in the minors . Now what ?
Cry me rive and I will just continue to laugh
My Bulls#it is just as good as his, and it smells twice as good ….
August 23rd, 2012 at 4:35 pm
Bartolo and the Maloofs, names we could probably all do without.
We need a lottery tho, and should award a prize to the winner who can predict the next big name in baseball to get busted for steroid use.
August 23rd, 2012 at 9:57 pm
I’ve heard Jeter’s name floated around every now and then, can’t think of someone more damaging to the MLB’s rep than that!
August 23rd, 2012 at 9:50 pm
Humphreys – possible names for that one: “SportsBlogMovement’s Shoot for the stars”, “AfterLance.com”, et cetera. I’m sure Dubs has a good one or fifteen.
It will be interesting when the Maloofs realize how every place in the country doesn’t look, feel, or smell like California. Virginia is at the top of the list of those places.
August 23rd, 2012 at 10:16 pm
All of the piousness of baseball ! They (league hierarchy) trot out Jackie Robinson’s name annually to commemorate what he meant to the game . And now Selig and his bunch of pious ##s-wipes have essentially brought the sport into disrepute . Just what they needed !
It is not only the Maloofs who ought to be vilified but also Kevin Johnson and the Sacramento city council for being some of the dumbest as#holes in the state . What ever made them believe that Joe and Gavin Maloof could be trusted in the first place ?
Strangely enough the A’s front office are still being pi##ed on from a great height by Selig and his paeans as it relates to the A’s stadium issue . How’s that working out for the die-hard A’s fans at this moment in time ?
August 24th, 2012 at 7:16 am
Things tend to happen in three’s . Melky , Bartolo and now Lance Armstrong , though not admitting his guilt he’s abandoned defending himself against the USADA’s claims. Lance was on the losing side of the battle to begin with, the moment that former teammate Tyler Hamilton in his sworn subpoenaed testimony said , Armstrong cheated .
August 26th, 2012 at 7:51 am
The NBA needs to force the Maloofs to sell the Kings. It’s an absolute travesty what they have done and are doing to one of the best NBA fanbases.
August 26th, 2012 at 12:26 pm
I’ve been having more fun watching the LLWS (Little League World Series) than actually watching an actual MLB game .
The pain , the joy and the ineptitude
I see that TO’s stint in the NFL lasted less than Kim K’s marriage to Kris Humphries . ,