Attention ladies: Barry Bonds is available

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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
confidence.

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.

Yasiel Puig was late to a workout on Monday, so Dave Roberts benched him

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Earlier, Craig wrote about how Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is back in manager Dave Roberts’ doghouse once again. Puig didn’t slide into second base when he was caught stealing to end Saturday’s game, which irked Roberts.

Puig didn’t earn himself any brownie points on Monday as he was late to a team workout and was benched as a result, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. Roberts said, “That was a decision he made, not me.” Roberts added that he was disappointed in Puig, though he did note that the former All-Star’s behavior has been improved for most of the season.

Puig, 26, has had a solid season, batting .259/.339/.474 with 26 home runs, 70 RBI, 66 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 554 plate appearances. While he hasn’t provided value on the same level as Justin Turner or Corey Seager, he’s been a valuable part of the lineup which makes this drama all the more unfortunate with just a week and a half before the start of the NLDS.

MLB, MLBPA grant Pirates exemption for Jung Ho Kang to participate in Dominican Winter League

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Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates were granted an exemption by Major League Baseball and the players’ union which will allow infielder Jung Ho Kang to participate in the Dominican Winter League without being removed from the restricted list.

Kang, 30, has been denied a visa by the Department of State as a result of his third DUI in South Korea last September. Kang was also under investigation in 2015 for alleged sexual assault.

Kang is under contract through the end of 2018 and the Pirates have a club option for the 2019 season as well, so it makes sense they would try to get him into some type of baseball action ahead of next season. The infielder has hit .273/.355/.483 in 837 plate appearances across two seasons in the majors. As Brink notes, Kang has already arrived to the Dominican Republic and will work out with his team, Aguilas Cibaenas, ahead of the start of the season on October 20.