Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Thanks for the memories, Barry... now please leave

Major League Baseball's players association is currently looking into reasons why one-time megastars, like Barry Bonds (pictured, '87 Topps, noticeably smaller... just saying), have drawn next to no interest from baseball clubs this year. The union is looking into possible collusion.

Bonds isn't alone on the list of guys being left behind. Others include Roger Clemens, Kenny Lofton, Jose Mesa, Sammy Sosa, David Wells, and Mike Piazza.

After seeing those names my initial reaction was pure astonishment... as to why anyone thinks it's strange that these guys remain jobless. Can you imagine the backlash a team would face after bringing in Bonds? This guy is a known (though technically unknown, according to the courts) steroids user! And who, exactly, would want to write Clemens a paycheck these days? Has the player's association not been watching the news? Because this guy is all over it. Sosa had a chance last year to prove himself, but was unable to do so with a .252 batting average and 21 home runs. Not terrible, but not exactly the 60+ he was putting up just a few years ago. And I'm pretty sure Jose Mesa - he of the 7.10 ERA in 2008 - is just a joke. Good one, MLBPA.

Let's all move on from the steroids era and let these guys disappear into baseball's unfortunately tainted past. It's all about youth these days, which is the exact opposite of anyone listed above.

In other Bad Baseball news from Wednesday night...
A couple of ugly outings...

White Sox starter Mark Buehrle struggled against the Twins, allowing 7 runs on 9 hits in 5.2 innings of work. But it was mop-up man Ehren Wasserman who stole the show by allowing 5 runs on 4 hits in just a third of an inning of work, watching is ERA soar to 32.40 in the process.

Cubs starter Jon Lieber surrendered 4 homer to the Reds while allowing 5 runs on 7 hits over two innings of work.

And now the update you've been waiting for... Barry Zito. While he pitched decent - 2 runs on 5 hits in 5 innings - it was still a losing effort, pushing his record to 0-7 on the year.

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