The federal prosecutors who just got their butts handed to them in the BALCO steroid test seizure case have asked the appeals court to stay the ruling. For those of you who were smart enough to stay the hell away from law school, that means that they want the court to order that no one, including baseball, the lawyers, the lower courts, etc., destroy the steroid test list. They’ve asked for this because, presumably, they plan to appeal to the United States Supreme Court. Or they just want to buy time. Either way, it’s a fairly routine move.
Two questions, though:
1. The feds, generally speaking, don’t like it when courts tell them that they can’t seize anything they want to seize. As it stands now, only one part of the country — the part that lives in the 9th Circuit — is subject to the more restrictive law that came down last week. Do the feds really want to risk having that decision affirmed by the Supreme Court and have it apply to the whole country?
2. How funny would it be if people ignored a stay order issued by the court and started destroying the lists? After the sealing order has been ignored and the names of A-Rod, Ortiz, Sosa and Manny leaked, how could the feds possibly be heard to complain?
We now return you to your regularly-scheduled baseball blogging.
Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.
While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.
Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.
Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.
SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.
Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.
Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.
At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.
In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.