Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
More names come out in the Biogenesis Clinic scandal, although one name is possibly cleared. The Mets and Braves are looking for leadership and the Athletics take a pretty picture. Billy Hamilton is fast. No, faster than that.
Let's just get straight to the stories.
- More developments on the South Florida Biogenesis Clinic story. Five more players were named in documents obtained by ESPN's "Outside The Lines." Those players are Everth Cabrera, Jordan Norberto, Fernando Martinez, Fautino De Los Santos and minor leaguer Cesar Puello. However, ESPN is saying that the documents they obtained indicate that while Gio Gonzalez was a customer of the clinic, none of the substances he received are banned by Major League Baseball. This is obviously good news for Gonzalez, although he's previously denied any connection to the clinic beyond his father being a client. This is also good news for Team USA, as Gonzalez is set to pitch for them in the World Baseball Classic.
- Josh Hamilton said that Dallas-Ft. Worth is not a "true baseball town" and that the fans were a little "spoiled" by the Rangers success. If his point is that the Rangers aren't as popular as the Cowboys and never will no matter what they do, well then duh. But there doesn't seem to be any good reason to bring it up. Jean-Jacques Taylor says that Rangers fans booed Hamilton because he "quit" on the team three times in 2012. I don't know how he knows that, however.
- In that light, Craig Calcaterra tries to guess which sport is dominant in every Major League Baseball city. He says Chicago is a football town but thinks it's close between that and baseball. I've added a poll so you all can vote and argue about which sport is more popular. Anyone who says "The Fire" is just trolling. Actually, you could probably say that about anyone who says the "Blackhawks" these days.
- The Mets are likely going to name David Wright as their fourth captain in team history. Without looking, can you guess who the other three were?
- Dave O'Brien asks who will step up and be the new leader on the Braves now that Chipper Jones and Martin Prado are gone? His money is on Brian McCann. And in a "knock me over with a feather" moment, the Braves will retire Jones's #10 on June 28.
- Yahoo! has previews of Team Cuba and Team Brazil for the upcoming WBC.
- Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated asks how the Orioles will do in 2013 after being one of the luckiest baseball teams ever in 2012.
- In addition to not spending money on major league salaries, the Marlins are apparently not spending much money to sign international free agents either, as they are at least $1.5 million below the international spending pool cap. I gotta say, there doesn't seem to be a good reason for any baseball fan in Florida to not switch their allegiance to the Rays. Well, there's Tropicana Field, but other than that . . .
- The Blue Jays want Adam Lind to stop criticizing his former manager John Farrell.
- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle got a year added onto his contract and a team option for 2015.
- Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York thinks that the Yankees contract with Alex Rodriguez will make them reluctant to spend the money necessary to keep Robinson Cano. I'm betting the Yankees will lock up Cano for life. They've never let previous bad contracts deter them before.
- David Schoenfield of ESPN.com compares Reds speedster Billy Hamilton to previous minor league stolen base kings. As long as you don't start comparing him to Rickey Henderson or Tim Raines, Hamilton looks pretty good. He predicts Willie Wilson-like production from Hamilton.
- The Oakland Athletics won photo day.
- Michael Bourn looks back the free agent odyssey that eventually brought him to the Indians. He jokingly suggests that the Twins were out to get him.
- Jim Leyland thinks that Andy Dirks can be an everyday player for the Tigers, as long as he doesn't play every day. I think we'll just start calling Leyland "Yogi."
- Lance Berkman understands why the Astros didn't make him an offer to return to Houston.
- Jimmy Rollins' hair is turning gray, but he still thinks he has a lot of baseball left in him.
- The Twins think Kyle Gibson and Alex Meyer are keys to the future of the franchise.
The Iowa Women's Basketball team upset 18th ranked Purdue, 72-52.
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster.
Which is the most popular sport/teams in the Chicagoland area?
Baseball: Cubs and White Sox (55 votes)
Football: Bears (75 votes)
Basketball: Bulls (5 votes)
Hockey: Blackhawks (7 votes)
142 total votes