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GREG ANDERSON: BACK TO JAIL
KIMBERLY BELL: FORMER MISTRESS TO TESTIFY ABOUT BONDS’ SEXUAL PROWESS (OR LACK THEREOF)
The Barry Bonds perjury trial finally gets under way this month. The government’s case against Bonds has become increasingly difficult. A tremendous amount of the feds evidence has been thrown out but the main blow in the Home Run King’s prosecution has been that the guy who allegedly gave Bonds his illegal and performance-enhancing drugs has refused to tesitfy against him.
Greg Anderson once went to jail for a year to avoid implicating Bonds. This week, Bonds’ childhood friend and former personal trainer testified he’s prepared to go back to jail rather than rat on Bonds.
However, Anderson may still put Bonds behind bars. That’s because the judge in the case has allowed a key piece of evidence-a tape of Anderson talking about Bonds using steroids. In that tape, Anderson talks about “stuff” Bonds was taking that coould avoid drug testing.
Another Bonds witness sure to embarrass the former slugger is Kimberly Bell, his former mistress. Bell is scheduled to testify about “the shrinkage of Bonds’s testicles and the worsening of his sexual performance” all of which could be attributed to steroid and HGH use.
Bonds is on trial for perjury because authorities claim he lied to them about using performance-enhancing drugs.
Bud Selig must be in hiding. With the San Francisco Giants holding a 2-0 lead in the 2010 World Series, news broke Thursday night that the sport of baseball may suddenly be engulfed in yet another steroids scandal. News leaked that Giants outfielder Jose Guillen has been linked to a federal drug investigation.
The Guillen story was first reported by the New York Times. U.S. customs agents reportedly intercepted a package of human growth hormone sent to Guillen’s house in his wife’s name. Guillen was mysteriously left off the Giants postseason roster for all three rounds of the playoffs.
MLB.com is now reporting that Guillen was left off the Giants postseason roster as a direct result of the Feds informing Major League Baseball of his involvement in an investigation of an illegal drug shipment. Guillen was also reportedly linked to a shipment of PEDs in 2007.
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The all-time record salary that a pitcher has ever been awarded in salary arbitration is $6.25 million. Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants wants $23 million this year.
The baseball world is abuzz following an article by Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports yesterday that reports Lincecum’s agent, Rick Thurman of Beverly Hills, was going to submit a figure of $23,000,001 during the pitcher’s salary arbitration hearing this year. Lincecum has pitched two full seasons in Major League Baseball and has won two Cy Young Awards. The only other pitchers in National League history who have won back-to-back Cy Young Awards are Sandy Koufax, Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson.
Lincecum’s agent is making a simple argument. Since his client is the best pitcher in baseball, he deserves to be paid as such. Thurman’s logic seems to be gaining traction. Several articles actually support Lincecum and his salary demands which would blow up baseball’s current salary structure. Under the current collective bargaining system, players can make astronomical salaries via free agency but must wait six years to qualify. During the time that a player is with his original team, he qualifies for salary arbitration after his second season.
Currently, teams like the Marlins, Royals and Padres are able to keep payroll low by using young players. For example, Florida Marlins pitcher Josh Johnson, Lincecum’s fellow teammate on the National League All Star team last season, made $1.4 million dollars last year. Johnson went 15-5 for the Marlins. Compare that to Lincecum who went 15-7. It’s not inconceivable that an arbitrator might award Johnson a salary similar to Lincecum’s. A Lincecum arbitration win raises the salary bar for Johnson and every other young starting pitcher in baseball. Johnson’s own agent certainly doesn’t see his client’s current worth as anywhere near that. According to published reports, he recently submitted a four-year $38 million contract offer to the Marlins. Since the Marlins payroll for the ENTIRE TEAM was $21,811,500 in 2008, you can see how the possibility of a $23 million award for Lincecum has the entire baseball world trembling.