On Tuesday, the federal probation officer assigned to Barry Bonds’ case recommended that the Home Run King — people love it when I call him that — get probation when he is sentenced next week. Today the prosecutors came back with their request: 15 months.
That seems pretty darn harsh given that he was convicted on a single count of obstruction. But hey, I guess you never get what you want if you don’t ask for it.
Note: the prosecutors in this case never get anything they ask for. Enjoy your probation, Mr. Bonds.
The Yankees signed Adam Lind to a minor league deal this past offseason. Then they released him during spring training. Now they have signed him to another minor league deal. He’ll report to extended spring training where he’ll now try not to get extended released.
Lind is a platoon guy with little defensive value, but he hit .303/.362/.513 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 301 plate appearances for the Nationals last season, serving as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman and outfielder. The injury to Greg Bird and the impending suspension of Tyler Austin — he’s currently on appeal — will likely give him at least some opportunity to show that he’s still a big leaguer.
Which, yeah, he probably still is. Or at least would be if teams didn’t have 13 and 14-man pitching staffs and actually had room for a couple of bench position players. Such is not the current game of baseball, however.