There was supposed to be a hearing in the Barry Bonds case on Friday during which the defense would make post-trial motions and the prosecutors would announce whether they were going to re-try Bonds. The sides have agreed to postpone the hearing until June 17th, however, citing the need for more preparation, thought, contemplation and various and sundry lawyerly things.
It’s possible that they are, as they say in the San Francisco Chronicle’s story, trying to get their ducks in neater rows. Just wild speculation on my part, but it’s also possible that the two sides are talking about some sort of deal to present to the judge to wrap it all up. Though really, I’m not sure what incentive either side would have in that regard given that (a) the government got a single-count conviction and that they’re not likely to give up that single count in any sort of a deal; and (b) Bonds wouldn’t really gain anything by agreeing to any sort of a deal that includes the extant conviction.
So yeah, probably just your garden variety delay in litigation.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.
The big presidential pardon news today concerns the commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence. We’ll leave that aside. For our purposes, know that someone in the world of baseball was pardoned: Willie McCovey.
Yes, Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, who in 1995 pleaded guilty to income tax fraud related to the non-reporting of income received from memorabilia and autograph shows. Duke Snider pleaded guilty alongside McCovey. They were given two years probation and fines of $5,000. Snider died in 2011. McCovey still works with the San Francisco Giants as a senior advisor and goodwill ambassador.
President Obama’s release of McCovey’s pardon was pretty succinct. But it’s enough to scrub the record of one of the greatest sluggers of all time.