'Not-so Amazins' lead All-Bust list (cont.)
Anonymous list should stay that way (unless I get a hold of it)
Perhaps the leaks of the 2003 steroid survey test will stop now that a court has ruled the list was obtained through an illegal search and seizure, a violation of the Fourth Amendment. I have mixed feelings about this. While I believe the list should not be made public, if someone hands it to me, I will print it. (That, obviously, hasn't happened yet.)
It should have been obvious all along that the federal government never should have seized the entire list when all it had rights to were the results of the 10 players involved in the BALCO case. With the court's ruling, the government could now choose to appeal, and if it does, the next step would be the Supreme Court. Baseball people are hopeful the Court wouldn't take the case if the government does appeal. And if it does that the High Court simply affirm the ruling of the lower court.
While the original agreement was for the names to remain anonymous, I don't blame the New York Times for uncovering three of the names from lawyers involved in the case (their stories cite unnamed lawyers as the anonymous sources). That is the job of reporters, to uncover information. The union, through its statements, has made clear it feels the New York Times reporter overstepped his bounds. But I don't believe he is bound to abide a court order when he isn't a party to the case.
Regardless, what's most important is that the appeals court got it right. And unless I am lucky enough to get hold of the real list (I've got several lists I have yet to confirm), let's hope the 97 players who are still anonymous remain that way.
Around the Majors
Edgar Renteria may not be having a great year but he remains very clutch after all these years.
The Dodgers, staying aggressive, helped themselves with the addition of Ronnie Belliard.
No trade was worked out for Rich Harden by this afternoon's deadline, and he'll stay with the Cubs. He was claimed on waivers, believed to be by the Twins, but the teams couldn't work out a trade before the 1:30 p.m. deadline.
Garrett Atkins is likely to be a non-tender in the winter.
While the White Sox are expected to exercise the $12-million option on Jermaine Dye, it's a mutual option, and there's still a chance he'd turn it down. It'll be interesting to see whether the acquisition of Rios plays into his thinking. On Tuesday, the White Sox plan to bring up top power-hitting prospect Tyler Flowers on call-up day.
Roy Halladay continues to hurt Texas. Since informing Toronto he wouldn't accept a trade to Texas (nothing had been agreed to, but both parties were working on it at the time), he's been beaten by the Rays and Red Sox. Twice.
Paul Byrd looks like a wise pickup for the Red Sox.
While the Nationals have played better under interim manager Jim Riggleman, it's expected that they'll choose someone else as manager for next year.
Good cautious call by the Phillies in shutting down Kyle Drabek, who had a 5 ERA in August after an otherwise terrific season.
Excellent story in the New York Times by David Waldstein on Sunday about Miguel Tejada's A's teammates suspecting he was tipping pitches to favored opponents several years back. Revealing quotes by Johnny Damon, Tim Hudson and others. Great job.
I admit it: I am finally tired of all the Joba debates.
My Twitter follower number has been stuck at 17,581 all weekend. Is it possible there are no new followers? I'm still third in the MLB category. But this cannot keep up! I can be followed (or can I?) at @SI_JonHeyman.
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