As you’ll recall, the jury that sat in judgment of Barry Bonds could not reach a verdict on the perjury counts he faced. That meant a mistrial on those counts, which gave the prosecution the right to re-try Bonds if it so chose. Today the prosecution announced that it would decline. From the Mercury News:
Federal prosecutors, apparently satisfied with securing an obstruction of justice conviction against home run king Barry Bonds, have dropped three lingering perjury counts against him unresolved at this spring’s trial.
I think they made a wise choice here. My rooting interests in this case aside, I think they would have had an awfully difficult time getting a conviction if they went back to the well on this one. They were wise to cut their losses.
Bonds will be sentenced on the obstruction charge on December 16th. And then, of course, he will appeal that conviction. So no, it’s not quite over yet.
Today’s play of the day wasn’t made by a professional athlete. Rather, it was made by a fan in the second deck on the first base side at Miller Park during Thursday afternoon’s game between the Diamondbacks and Brewers.
Phil Gosselin fouled off a 1-1 fastball from Will Smith to the right side. A fan wearing purple — perhaps in support of the D-Backs? — leaned over the railing of the second deck and snagged the ball with her bucket hat.
The Brewers beat the Diamondbacks 6-4. They took three games out of the four-game series. Heading into the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline, they’ll host the Pirates for three games.
The Royals announced on Thursday evening that reliever Luke Hochevar has been placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 25) as he’s showing signs of thoracic outlet syndrome, MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports. Reliever Brooks Pounders has been recalled from Triple-A Omaha.
Thoracic outlet syndrome, simply put, is the compression of blood vessels and nerves between the neck and the shoulder. As we’ve seen lately, the fix for this often involves surgery to remove the pitcher’s upper rib.
Hochevar, 32, has compiled a 3.86 ERA with a 40/9 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings. The right-hander, who can become a free agent after the season if either he or the Royals decline his 2017 option, was a potential trade candidate recently mentioned by Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball.