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Just Checking In

Mike SteffanosSaturday, December 30, 2006
By Mike Steffanos

Hey, everyone. I've been fighting a bad flu for a while and I think I got somewhat burned typing "Zito" day after day after day after day after day... I took it easy for most of the day, but I felt a little better and have spent some time checking out some of the news. Of interest:

FoxSports.com's Dayne Perry on the Zito signing:

In the run-up to his recent signing, Barry Zito said his aim was to join a team with a legitimate shot at winning the World Series. However, his recent decision to ink with the San Francisco Giants suggests other priorities.

Zito has joined a team without serious designs on a title, and the Giants have now overpaid for a pitcher who, at best, is going to make them a very expensive fourth-place team. So this turn of events makes sense for no one involved.

Perry goes on to question whether Giants GM Brian Sabean has any knack at all for rebuilding a team, which I think many of us wonder. Why a team that has a limited payroll would tie so much for so long into one pitcher who is decidedly not an ace is beyond me. Despite his reputation as a top GM, I've never been impressed with Sabean.

An AP story on Mets.com cites Pedro Martinez on his recovery from shoulder surgery:

"The progress has been excellent. The problem has to do with the calcification of the bone that was broken with the tear and that had to be operated on.

"You have to let it run its course, so we're aiming for July or August as the return date."

I don't have problems anymore with my reach or flexibility, and so far everything is going very well.

Martinez says that bulking up is part of the recovery strategy, and that he has added 10 pounds of muscle.

Finally, I've been disturbed as I learn more about the government's recent court victory that validated seizing what were supposedly confidential test results related to the allegedly anonymous steroid testing in 2003. Under the scope of investigating eleven players that testified in front of the Balco grand jury, the government seized the records of over 1,000 players, including 104 positive tests. And by a 2-1 vote, a federal appeals court says it's okay for them to use those records.

While no one denies that using steroids is a crime, there are some disturbing fourth amendment implications to the case. This investigation seems more about political grandstanding than really caring about the truth or the law, as confidential grand jury testimony has already been illegally leaked. No doubt the names of the players will be leaked, also. It calls to mind the old saying that two wrongs don't make a right.

I wish the focus was on cleaning up the game now rather than finding scapegoats for the use of performance enhancing drugs in baseball. Wish we could move on.

Have a safe and Happy New Year everyone.

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Comments (4)

Hi Mike, same as you just checking in looking forward to the new clean blackboard, now that Zito's name is gone. I seen something on line that will help me when things are going slow with the teams progress. It said of one GM saying: Play the first 1/3 of the season to see what you have; Play the second 1/3 to see what you need; And the final 1/3 to put it together. I think I am ready. Happy New Year. Hope I don't run out of chalk.

I'm surprised you could afford chalk after going into hock for that freaking tree...

Happy New Year, Al.

Agreed 100% regarding the breach of confidentiality regarding those steriods tests. It's a terrible precedent, if one can even call it a precedent after those leaks from the Balco grand jury testimony.

I believe retroactive fixes are often worse than no fix at all. Justice is supposed to be timely; and the transgression is supposed to be against the rules at the time, not at some future time.

And boy do I hate having to even think of such things in connection with baseball. Baseball is supposed to be about the fun and the difficulty of hitting a pitched ball.

Okay, I'm done. Otherwise, have a Happy New Year, all!

dd - I think you're right on the money about retroactive fixes. This is more about grandstanding than justice, anyway, and always was.

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