Barry Bonds’ wife has filed for legal separation. If those crazy kids can’t make it work, what hope do the rest of us have?
In case you’re curious, yes, this means that prosecutors could
theoretically add her to the witness list in the perjury case if they
want because divorce proceedings waive the rule which prohibits prosecutors from calling your spouse against you
(I’m assuming this includes filings of legal separation, but someone
correct me if I’m wrong). However, she would still not be allowed to
testify about conversations that only she and Barry had during their
marriage because Bonds is still entitled to rely on the marital communications privilege.
Upshot: if the soon-to-be former Mrs. Bonds has evidence that Barry was
knowingly juicing, it could now theoretically come to light, but not if
the only way she knew about it was because Barry told her so in
Of course my use of the term “theoretically” is
important here, because if the soon-to-be-former Mrs. Bonds has a
lawyer with a pulse, she knows that her promise not to say nothin’ to
nobody will raise her divorce settlement substantially.
Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports that the Phillies are close to signing free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit. An announcement is expected before the winter meetings end on Thursday.
Benoit, 39, has quietly been among the better relievers in baseball over the past seven years. This past season with the Mariners and Blue Jays, the right-hander put up an aggregate 2.81 ERA with a 52/24 K/BB ratio in 48 innings. That included a 0.38 ERA in 23 2/3 innings after the Jays acquired him from the Mariners.
Benoit suffered a torn calf muscle during a benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees near the end of the regular season. He’s expected to be healthy for spring training.
The Phillies have now added three relievers this offseason with Benoit, Pat Neshek, and David Rollins.
ESPN’s Pedro Gomez provides a previously unreported detail of the new collective bargaining agreement, agreed to by the owners and the players’ union last week. Players’ meal money for road games is being reduced from $105 to $30 per day. Teams are providing pre- and post-game meals in the visitors’ clubhouse to offset some of the decrease in meal money.
Gomez quotes an unnamed player who said, “I doubt many guys know about the money going down, nor would they have agreed to it.” All of the players Gomez contacted said they were unaware of and unhappy about the change.
Clubhouse attendants are certainly unhappy about this change, too. As Gomez notes, the attendants previously provided food for visiting teams which earned them tips from the players.
EDIT: It’s worth clarifying that chefs are required in clubhouses now as part of the new CBA, so it’s not a complete loss for the players.