List of 104 positive PED tests barred from courts

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Remember the infamous list of 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003? Yeah, I’m trying to forget, too.

Well, according to the Associated Press, the government will not contest an appeals court ruling from September that determined that investigators illegally seized the list. In other words, those tests are barred from being used in court.

In April of 2004, agents took urine samples and records from Comprehensive Drug Testing Inc. and Quest Diagnostics Inc. While they were armed with a search warrant to seize the results of 10 players — as part of the BALCO investigation involving Barry Bonds — they ended up with an entire database and a spreadsheet that included the names of 104 players.

Since then, Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz have acknowledged being on the list, while the New York Times has reported that Sammy Sosa and Manny Ramirez also tested positive.

Eric Hinske joins Angels as a hitting coach

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The Angels announced on Monday that Eric Hinske has joined the team to serve as the new hitting coach. Hinske had been the hitting coach for the Cubs since 2014.

Hinske, 40, spent parts of 12 years in the majors, though he never played for the Angels (or the Cubs). He put up a .762 OPS over his career.

Dave Hansen had been the Angels hitting coach since the end of the 2015 season but the Angels decided to part ways with him heading into 2018.