The Bonds jury foreman essentially admits he didn’t pay attention to the grand jury testimony

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He didn’t admit it in so many words, but here’s what he said to Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle regarding Bonds’ “did you ever get injected by anyone” testimony that formed the basis of the obstruction of justice charge:

Jury foreman Fred Jacob later described the panel’s reaction to that nonsense as: “Come on, you’re just telling stories here. Just say yes or no.”

And here’s Bonds’ testimony before the grand jury regarding being injected by anyone besides team doctors and personal physicians:

Now, you can say that’s a lie (I tend to think it was), but the jury didn’t think so. If they did, they would have and should have convicted him of perjury. But they did not.  They instead took the position that Bonds was “telling stories” and not “just saying yes or no.”  Except he said no. A straight “no” to a straight question.  And yet the jury found this to be obstruction.

This is proof positive that the jury just punted here.  They decided to “do justice” rather than follow the evidence. I’m not OK with that. You shouldn’t be either.

2017 Preview: The American League Central

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League Central

Do the Indians have a weakness? Do the Tigers and Royals have one more playoff push in them or do they have to start contemplating rebuilds? The White Sox and Twins are rebuilding, but do either of them have a chance to be remotely competitive?

As we sit here in March, the answers are “not really,” “possibly,” and “not a chance.” There are no games that count this March, however, so they’re just guesses. But educated ones! Here are the links to our guesses and our education for all of the clubs of the AL Central:

Cleveland Indians
Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox
Minnesota Twins

2017 Preview: The National League East

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League East

The Washington Nationals crave a playoff run that doesn’t end at the division series. The Mets crave a season in which they don’t have a press conference about an injured pitcher. The Marlins are trying to put the nightmare of the end of the 2016 behind them. The Phillies and Braves are hoping to move on from the “lose tons of games” phase of their rebuilds and move on to the “hey, these kids can play!” phase.

There is a ton of star power in the NL East — Harper, Scherzer, Cespedes, Syndergaard, Stanton, Freeman — some great young talent on ever roster and, in Ichiro and Bartolo, the two oldest players in the game. Maybe the division can’t lay claim to the best team in baseball, but there will certainly be some interesting baseball in the division.

Here’s how each team breaks down:

Washington Nationals
New York Mets
Miami Marlins
Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves