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Old 11-29-2005, 10:50 PM   #166
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yes... if only because i have a feeling the braves patchwork group of starters is finally going to fall apart now that leo ain't around anymore.
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Barry Bonds plans to play for the U.S. team in the World Baseball Classic in March.

The San Francisco Giants slugger has told the players' association he'll play, the The Oakland Tribune reported Wednesday.

"It's not official," agent Jeff Borris told the paper. "There are still a few details to be worked out. But he has agreed to play."

It's a promising sign for the Giants and Bonds, given that he played in only 14 games because of knee problem this season.

Union special assistant Bobby Bonilla told the Tribune that he contacted his former Pittsburgh Pirates teammate shortly after the season.

"I'm ecstatic," Bonilla told the paper. "He pretty much agreed in principle to play without hesitation. I'm just happy he's going to be a part of it.

Bonds, a seven-time NL MVP, batted .286 (12-for-42) with five home runs and 10 RBI, drawing nine walks and striking out six times in 2005.

He has 708 career homers, third on the all-time list behind Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755), Bonds' baseball hero. Bonds homered in four straight games Sept. 16-21.

Bonds said this fall that he would like to get his playing weight down to around 200, which would mean losing approximately 40 pounds this winter. He was at 185 as a rookie in 1986, but hasn't been close to that in years.
of course what isn't mentioned in this article is that if bonds were in fact to play in this tournament he would be subjected to international doping rules... and one would guess that they would waste no time in testng him.


this season is going to go a long way in figuring out what bonds' legacy will be... the steroid allegations will forever hover around his name... but if he plays in this international tournament and goes through a year of strict steroid testing in MLB and has great success... people will be forced to back off a bit and just respect him for the great hitter that he is. if he has a sub-par year, even despite the fact that he's comming off a serious knee injury, the steroid questions will only linger, forever tarnishing what is the greatest offensive player most of us will ever see.
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Old 11-30-2005, 10:26 AM   #168
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"The Angels are not out of it," said Alan Nero, Molina's agent. "They will remain in it as long as Bengie and I keep them in it."


This sounds like such a cocky, d-bag typical agent comment.
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sports agents aren't necessarily St Theresas
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Really?
I thought for sure Drew Rosenhaus was about to be canonized..."next question".
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only if you ask him
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he cost TO big bux
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this season is going to go a long way in figuring out what bonds' legacy will be... the steroid allegations will forever hover around his name... but if he plays in this international tournament and goes through a year of strict steroid testing in MLB and has great success... people will be forced to back off a bit and just respect him for the great hitter that he is. if he has a sub-par year, even despite the fact that he's comming off a serious knee injury, the steroid questions will only linger, forever tarnishing what is the greatest offensive player most of us will ever see.
Yeah, but he'll still be an asshole.
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Yes, the White Sox re-signed Paul Konerko!! They're giving him $60 million over 5 years, which is certainly a lot, but is actually less than what the Angels and Orioles offered him. Things are looking good for a repeat next year!
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They'll have to beat the New York Metropolitans in order to repeat
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The White Sox are certainly going to be a favorite to repeat now. Their pitching is intact and they have a good 1-2 punch in the middle of the lineup with Konerko and Thome, provided Thome is healthy again.
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who plays 1b? Konerko or Thome?
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who plays 1b? Konerko or Thome?
Konerko. He's way underrated defensively. He may not be the fastest guy in baseball, but he's as good as anyone at catching the ball at first base.
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cardinals gonna need a new second baseman after the mets sign grudzielanek...
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big moves by the yankees...

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George Steinbrenner can be patient for only so long. According to two people familiar with the situation, The Boss has become antsy about the Yankees' lack of signings, and recently sent word north that he wants something done soon.

The Yankees, in turn, reacted quickly, and were on their way last night to signing Kyle Farnsworth to what is believed to be a three-year contract worth about $17 million.

Farnsworth, who must undergo a physical before signing, has begun spreading the news of his decision. Braves general manager John Schuerholz told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution yesterday, "We offered a three-year deal and were prepared to stay engaged in the negotiations, but we were told that he had decided to go to New York as a setup guy."

The Yankees' negotiations with Farnsworth intensified Monday after GM Brian Cashman was said to have spent much of the holiday weekend reaching out to the agents for the relievers who the Yankees are interested in.

That was at least partly because Steinbrenner was getting impatient after seeing several relievers spurn the Yankees, then having to sit back and watch the Mets acquire Carlos Delgado and sign Billy Wagner and the Red Sox trade for Josh Beckett.

The Yankees began this week intent on addressing their bullpen, and they dreamed of pairing Farnsworth and Tom Gordon in front of Mariano Rivera. But team officials yesterday were resigned to the fact that the chances of that are slim.

By giving a lucrative three-year deal to Farnsworth, taking another closer off the market, Gordon figures to be in high demand as teams scramble for a closer. The Phillies have been his most aggressive suitor, and the Orioles and Tigers called him yesterday.

The Yankees, meanwhile, announced yesterday they have signed catcher Kelly Stinnett to a one-year, $650,000 contract to be Jorge Posada's backup.

Stinnett has more pop in his bat than John Flaherty did, and also has a prior working relationship with Randy Johnson, having caught him in 1999 and 2000 with the Diamondbacks.

The Yankees plan to give Posada another chance to build a stronger relationship with Johnson, and they now have a backup plan.

"We're not pen pals, but we can cross paths and we'll talk," Stinnett said yesterday of his relationship with Johnson. "I thought we worked well together. I had a good sense of what he wanted to do, and I don't think he has changed much since then."

Stinnett had Tommy John surgery in 2004, and stressed that his right elbow feels "as strong as it ever has." The Yankees flew him in Tuesday to have an extensive physical and none of the results overly alarmed them.

Stinnett, 35, came up with the Mets in 1994 and has played for six teams. He batted .248 (32-for-129) with six home runs and 12 RBIs in 59 games for the Diamondbacks last season. The Yankees also spoke to Todd Pratt about the job.
kyle farnsworth and kelly stinnet... woooooweee. the yanks are back in action!
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