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Sign Barry!
At this point, some team should just sign Barry Bonds. It's not like he's special anymore, as the latest story on "Bitch Tits," a.k.a. Alex Rodriquez makes clear:
Jose Canseco, a former teammate of Rodriguez, said in the book he believes Rodriguez has been using steroids since high school.

"Was he on steroids in high school?" Canseco said in the book, the Daily News reported. "I think probably so. I worked out with him when he was 18. He could lift almost as much as I could."

Rodriguez put on 25 pounds of muscle between his sophomore and junior years. Former high school teammates told Roberts that A-Rod was using steroids back then and his coach knew it -- an allegation the coach, Rich Hoffman, denied.

Other allegations in Roberts' book, according to the Daily News:

• A-Rod "pitch tipped" when he played for the Rangers by letting opponents at the plate know which pitch was coming in lopsided games. A-Rod expected players he helped would reciprocate when he was having an off night and needed to get his batting average up.

• A-Rod's off-the-field antics including his poker habit; his divorce from his wife, Cynthia, his relationship with Madonna and his other affairs are detailed.

• A-Rod was hated at Hooters, where he tipped the minimum 15 percent.
That last item is the most damning of all, in my book. Maybe he was consumed by breast envy.

At any rate, the Giants have good pitching and poor hitting. I bet that Bonds could help them even if he's a shadow of his former shadow of his former self. Seriously.

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masoo From: masoo Date: April 30th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Watching Fred Lewis and Manny Ramirez patrol left field earlier in the week, I realized that if Barry suited up, he wouldn't do any worse than those guys.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 30th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
At least Fred Lewis sometimes hits. But, yes, Barry's range shrunk a lot towards the end, yet he could still do as well as many journeymen. And he still inspired fear in pitcher's hearts. Anyway, why couldn't he play first? It's not like Rich Aurilia is winning them games.
masoo From: masoo Date: April 30th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I used to make the same joke at the park every time the ball was hit to Barry ... "He's a veteran, a master of positioning!"

In a tabletop game, you can put anyone at 1B. In real life, if I had to figure out a place to put an old guy with a broken down body who had never played 1B in his life, I'd probably stick him in LF. Even Mays was a pretty dreadful 1B.
wanderius_thrax From: wanderius_thrax Date: April 30th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
it doesn't add up. he lead the league in on base percentage in 2007. yet no one will give the 2007 OBP leader a league minimum contract, a contract which (at least in the giants case) would more than pay for itself in ticket sales alone?? conspiracy!
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