And ‘that’; as they say, is ‘that’. Isn’t that what was said when Tommy got whacked in Goodfellas?
Today we learned who got pinched in the PED Biogenesis case.
Those unexpected players, as reported by Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, are the Mets’ Jordany Valdespin, the Phillies’ Antonio Bastardo, and the Astros’ Sergio Escalona.
Fox Sports’s Ken Rosenthal reports that those three, as well as Texas’s Nelson Cruz, San Diego’s Everth Cabrera, and Detroit’s Jhonny Peralta will be accepting 50-game suspensions, the same as a failed test under the Joint Drug Agreement.
Additional players facing punishment include Seattle’s Jesus Montero, the Yankees’ Francisco Cervelli, and minor leaguers Cesar Puello (Mets), Fautino De Los Santos (free agent), Fernando Martinez (Yankees), and Jordan Norberto (free agent). All are expected to receive 50-game suspensions.
Bartolo Colon, Melky Cabrera, and Yasmani Grandal will not face further punishment, as they have already served 50-game suspensions for failing drug tests. Ryan Braun accepted a 65-game suspension last month. Cesar Carrillo, a minor leaguer whose name appeared in Biogenesis documents, was handed a 100-game suspension and was subsequently released by the Tigers.
Washington’s Gio Gonzalez and Baltimore’s Danny Valencia, despite being mentioned in early Biogenesis reports, have been cleared of wrongdoing by MLB’s investigation.
I’ll be the saddest to see Everth Cabrera go for my own selfish reasons. It’s too bad the thefty little son of a bitch couldn’t outrun this problem.
If baseball had a history textbook (Ken Burns’ documentary doesn’t quite count), this would be a very important historical chapter. At any minute now we could learn that Alex Rodriguez is done forever.
I’m absolutely exhausted upon my return from Las Vegas, so there will be no 4th of July fireworks for me tonight. I’m just settled in watching the Dodgers against the Rockies at Coors Field, and Vin Scully has the night off! It must be vacation week for Vin like so many others this time of year because I think I hear Steve “Psycho” Lyons doing the game.
Here’s a brief recap of the holiday baseball action, with still a very full weekend of ball to follow:
- In Wilson Ramos’ first game back from the disabled list, the Nationals got a HUGE game out of their catcher. Ramos collected three hits and drove in five runs, including a three run home run that stood up to be the difference and give them a 8-5 win over the Brewers. They earn the home split with Milwaukee after Drew Storen again hiccuped the lead away again. Bryce Harper went 0 for 3 with two walks and a stolen base.
- Adam Dunn hit a walk-off home run to win the game for the White Sox in Chicago today. It was his 23rd of the season.
- The Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants were rained out in Cincinnati, bummer.
- All-Star Game voting ends in like two hours. I finally cast a few ballots just to be a good sport about it. This is the first year ever I really didn’t care to do it much.
- Yasiel Puig batting average update: .434 after singling up the middle to drive in a run. Yasiel Puig bat-flip coverage: here.
- Tomorrow’s slate: Pirates/Cubs at Wrigley at 4:00 to kick off the weekend (gotta love that, you think people are partying in Chicago this weekend or what?), Padres at Nationals, Mariners at Reds, maybe a little Orioles at Yankees all at 7:00, Dodgers at Giants at 10:15. Good slate of baseball tomorrow.
- Everth Cabrera returns tomorrow.
- Joey Chestnut set a Coney Island record today, 69 hot dogs.
That’s pretty much a wrap for the holiday in baseball, at least with what we care to talk about.
Oh yeah, and I bought this shirt for myself in Vegas. I had to have it.
For you non-Spanish speaking readers, it’s a spin off “Bo Knows”. And this kid is the closest thing we’ve seen to Bo Jackson in a number of years.
Everth Cabrera stole two more bases late last night while you were sleeping, bringing his season total to a league-leading 21 stolen bags for the year.
I took Everth Cabrera late as can be in my fantasy draft because I think he’s got 80 stolen base speed. There aren’t that many guys in the big leagues who I consider to be in his category. He stole 44 last year in 115 games. He was only getting on base at a .324 clip back then, though.
Someone has fed this gremlin after midnight, and he’s going batshit nuts right now. He could be near last season’s total by the All-Star break if this keeps up. The new and improved Everth is getting on base at a .355 clip currently and has drawn 27 walks. He’s hitting .270 to go along with that.
Look at that sneaky little fuck! You can’t trust him to guard the henhouse because he’ll steal eggs from you! I can’t even imagine how many stolen base titles this little monster is going to win people in fantasy baseball.
From now on in these parts, he is known as ‘Swindler Cabrera’. Swindler Cabrera.
The Padres current centerpiece, Chase Headley
Who better to begin previewing the National League with then the San Diego Padres? The answer is probably just about anyone excluding the Marlins.
Do they still have a giant Taylor Made golf club as their foul pole? Does anyone know? If so, this moves them up a peg in my book. If not, the roster isn’t much to look at. In fact, if I was honestly a Padres fan I would probably be more excited about golf season soon picking up steam or where the San Diego State Aztecs finish in the NIT tournament if they’re lucky enough to make it.
Here’s a closer look at the beauty within the San Diego Padres.
Major offseason moves:
- Signed SP Jason Marquis
- Signed Carlos Quention to a 3-year, $27 million dollar extension
The Padres changed ownership groups last August when the sons of former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O’ Malley bought the team. You probably didn’t know this because the Padres former ownership group has done little to make them relevant in recent years and they’re probably one of the least most interesting teams in baseball as it stands.
The cupboard isn’t completely bare–and they’ve moved in the fences at Petco! I didn’t know how many more of those 2-1 yawners in the San Diego sunshine that I can take. The truth is, there are two main pieces I really love on the Padres roster, and we’ll get to them after the jump.