The government's seizure of the 2003 PED list ruled illegal. Again.

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that he government’s seizure of the positive PED tests from the 2003 pilot testing program was illegal.  This affirms previous lower court rulings and overturns the one Appeals Court ruling to the contrary.  The decision — a lengthy one with lengthy dissents — can be read here. I haven’t yet read it all, so my observations on the law will have to wait a bit.

But the upshot is clear: all of the names that have been leaked from that 2003 testing, including David Ortiz, Sammy Sosa and Alex Rodriguez, were obtained illegally by the government and in violation of those players’ Constitutional rights.

Please try to remember that the next time you spout off about how “all the names should be released” and other such nonsense. We still have a Constitution in this country after all. Let’s try to respect it.

Corey Dickerson has lost 25 pounds

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Corey Dickerson #10 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a photo during the Rays' photo day on February 25, 2016 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing.

Dickerson had a down year in 2016, so if losing 25 pounds is something he thinks will work for him he’s got nothing to lose. Of course the best way for him to improve his numbers is to convince the Rays to trade him back to Colorado, but that’s not likely.

James McCann is in The Best Shape of His Life

Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann blows a bubble while warming up during a spring training baseball workout, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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As I note every spring, “Best Shape of His Life” stories aren’t really about players being in The Best Shape of Their Lives. They’re about players and agents seeking to create positive stories.

We know this because the vast majority of Best Shape of His Life claims are about guys who were either injured the season before, guys who had subpar years the season before or players whose conditioning was a point of controversy the season before. These folks, or their agents + reporters who have little if nothing to write about in the offseason = BSOHL.

James McCann hurt his ankle last season and had a subpar year at the plate. So not only is he a perfect BSOHL candidate, he went old school with the claim and hit it right on the money, verbatim:

Spring training is less than a month away, folks!