Anthony Galea charged with treating NFL players with unapproved drugs

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HGH.jpgDr. Anthony Galea, you will recall, is the Canadian doctor in the cross-hairs of an HGH
investigation emanating from the Buffalo, New York U.S. Attorneys office.  The investigation has made news in baseball circles because investigators on the case interviewed Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes and have attempted — thus far unsuccessfully — to interview Alex Rodriguez.

But baseball isn’t the only sport in which the good Dr. has contacts, and today Galea was charged with unlawfully treating professional football players with unapproved drugs,
including human growth hormone:

The complaint charges the doctor with lying to federal officials,
smuggling, unlawful distribution of HGH, introducing the unapproved drug
actovegin into interstate commerce and conspiracy to defraud the United
States.

According to court documents, Galea’s clients include at least three
National Football League players. One allegedly had two HGH kits
delivered to his home, and another allegedly received actovegin
injections.

The football players remained anonymous in the complaint, though I can’t immediately understand why, seeing as though they will no doubt be witnesses in this case, voluntary or otherwise.  One would assume, wouldn’t one, that if and when the football players’ identities do come out that they’ll be dragged through the mud. Oh, wait, I forgot what sport I was dealing with.

There’s no suggestion that any baseball players were mentioned in the indictment by name or anonymously, which suggests that, much to the i-Team’s chargrin, Dr. Galea wasn’t giving Jose Reyes and others HGH. Of course these charges often get amended multiple times with multiple counts added, so it’s possible that Galea will be accused of distributing to baseball players at a later date.

In any event, let us all sit back, relax and watch Ian O’Connor’s get whiplash from going from relative reason to outrage in the space of about six hours.

Umpires Bob Davidson, John Hirschbeck, Jim Joyce, and Tim Welke have retired

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 12:  Home plate umpire Bob Davidson yells at bench coach Jeff Banister #17 of the Pittsburgh Pirates after tossing him from the game against the New York Mets during the game on June 12, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports that umpires Bob Davidson, John Hirschbeck, Jim Joyce, and Tim Welke have retired.

Davidson, 64, was known as “Balkin’ Bob” for his tendency to call pitchers for balks. Davidson has also made a name for himself picking fights with players and managers, as well as unnecessarily escalating situations.

Hirschbeck, 62, didn’t quite have the reputation Davidson had, but he had a couple of notable incidents on his profile as well. Last year, when ejecting Twins slugger Miguel Sano, Hirschbeck said, “Get the [expletive] out of here.” In 2013, he threw a drum of oil on a fire that very easily could’ve been snuffed out with Bryce Harper.

Joyce, 61, was a well-liked and well-respected umpire who will go down in history for one mistake. On June 2, 2010, Tigers starter Armando Galarraga was one out away from a perfect game. Indians second baseman Jason Donald hit a weak grounder about halfway between first and second base. Miguel Cabrera went to his right to field it and flipped to Galarraga covering first base. It was a close call, but Joyce incorrectly ruled Donald safe, ruining Galarraga’s perfect game. To both Joyce’s and Galarraga’s credit, both handled the mistake with the utmost class.

Craig also wrote in detail about Joyce a few years ago. It’s worth a re-read.

Tim Welke, 59, actually announced his retirement last year, but I guess it wasn’t made official until recently. He underwent a left knee replacement procedure in January last year and then had his right knee replaced five months later.

Report: Facebook and MLB in discussions to stream one game per week

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 21:  Founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerber gives his speach during the presentation of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge on February 21, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. The annual Mobile World Congress will start tomorrow and will host some of the world's largst communication companies, with many unveiling their last phones and gadgets.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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CNBC, citing Reuters, reports that Facebook and Major League Baseball are in discussions to stream one game per week.

Streaming is becoming more and more ubiquitous as it’s a more convenient way for people to access media they like. MLB Advanced Media, which handles MLB’s streaming service, is worth several billions of dollars. Last year, Disney paid $1 billion to purchase a 33 percent stake in BAMTech, the independent company MLBAM launched for its streaming.

Millennials and “Generation Z,” in particular, are driving the streaming trend. Forbes, citing the Digital Democracy Survey in 2015, reported that 56 percent of millennials’ media consumption was done via computer, smartphone, tablet, or gaming device. Those 30 years and older rely on television to watch film and TV shows at a clip higher than 80 percent.

Twitter is already in the sports streaming arena. It streams MLB, NFL, and NHL games as well as the PGA Tour.