Canseco to sue MLB. Good luck with that.

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Because steroids are such gosh darn fun, let’s ponder this one for a bit:

Jose Canseco plans to file a class-action lawsuit against Major
League Baseball and the players’ association, saying he’s been
ostracized for going public with tales of steroids use in the sport.

Canseco said Wednesday that he has discussed the suit with lawyers
and intends to enlist Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro to join in the
suit. Canseco said the basis of the suit would be “lost wages — in
some cases, defamation of character.”

“Because I used steroids and I came out with a book, I was kicked
out of the game, but I have not been inducted into the Hall of Fame,”
Canseco said in a telephone interview.

With a few minor exceptions, this is a fabulous idea! The exceptions
being that (a) Canseco was done as a player after the 2001 season and
came out with his book in 2005, meaning that he couldn’t have been
kicked out of baseball for writing it; (b) Canseco could not have been
“defamed” over steroids when he, you know, has admitted to everyone in
the planet — often with glee — that he did, in fact, do lots and lots
of steroids; (c) There is no such thing as a “class action lawsuit”
that involves Canseco plus whatever small number of players could
cobble together, and even if there was, members of a class action
lawsuit have to have common claims; and (d) neither he nor anyone else
has a legal right to be inducted into the Hall of Fame or to be given a
job in baseball after retirement.

If a court should do anything involving Jose Canseco, it should, in
the interests of public decency, prevent him from taking these media
victory laps and being allowed to spew this kind of garbage each and
every time a new person is connected with steroids. Jose: your 15
minutes ended about 500 minutes ago. Please, for the sake of everyone’s
sanity, go find something quiet to do until you can collect your
pension and thus no longer need to make a spectacle out of yourself for
self-tanner and mesh shirt money.

NL Wild Card Game: Cubs vs. Pirates lineups

Jake Arrieta

Here are the Cubs and Pirates lineups for tonight’s Wild Card game in Pittsburgh:

CF Dexter Fowler
RF Kyle Schwarber
LF Kris Bryant
1B Anthony Rizzo
3B Tommy La Stella
2B Starlin Castro
C Miguel Montero
SS Addison Russell
SP Jake Arrieta

Cubs manager Joe Maddon wanted Tommy La Stella in the lineup over Jorge Soler or Chris Coghlan, so he starts at third base and Kris Bryant shifts to left field. Bryant started just four games in left field all season, compared to 136 starts at third base. Also of note: After batting Addison Russell ninth–behind the pitcher–116 times this season Maddon has him in the more traditional eighth spot tonight.

RF Gregory Polanco
3B Josh Harrison
CF Andrew McCutchen
LF Starling Marte
C Francisco Cervelli
2B Neil Walker
SS Jordy Mercer
1B Sean Rodriguez
SP Gerrit Cole

Pedro Alvarez started 119 games at first base for the Pirates and with right-hander Jake Arrieta on the mound he was the presumed starter tonight, but instead manager Clint Hurdle has benched the 27-homer slugger in favor of utility man Sean Rodriguez. Alvarez is vastly superior to Rodriguez offensively, especially versus a righty, but he’s also very shaky defensively. During the regular season Rodriguez started a grand total of one game at first base against a right-hander, so this qualifies as a hunch by Hurdle.

The Cardinals are optimistic about Yadier Molina’s status

St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina celebrates as he arrives home after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Jenifer Langosch of reports that Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina‘s bum thumb responded well after participating in baseball activities Tuesday, including catching, hitting, blocking balls and the like.

This morning Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that he’s now even more optimistic that Molina will be on the NLDS roster. The Cards’ first game will be Friday against the winner of tonight’s Cubs-Pirates tilt.

Having Molina would obviously be a boon for the Cardinals on the field. For a look at what Molina means to the Cardinals off the field, however, take some time to go read Derrick Goold’s excellent story about what Molina’s teammates think of him. Short version: the world. It’s worth your time, even if you’re not a citizen of Cardinals Nation.