Last year, after the prosecutors in the Roger Clemens case screwed up and created a mistrial as soon as the thing began, Clemens asked the judge to make the government pay his fees and costs spent preparing for the trial. At the time the judge seemed receptive to it. But today, nope:
U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton on Tuesday denied the former pitcher’s request for fees and other costs associated with the trial … Walton said last fall that “it doesn’t seem fair” for Clemens to pay for the government’s mistake, but the judge’s ruling found that the law doesn’t allow for such compensation because it wasn’t shown that the prosecutors deliberately introduced the barred evidence.
So if you include the trial, last year’s mistrial and this ruling, Clemens currently stands at 355-185-1 for his career. Sadly, he still won’t make the Hall of Fame, though.
Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing.
Dickerson had a down year in 2016, so if losing 25 pounds is something he thinks will work for him he’s got nothing to lose. Of course the best way for him to improve his numbers is to convince the Rays to trade him back to Colorado, but that’s not likely.
As I note every spring, “Best Shape of His Life” stories aren’t really about players being in The Best Shape of Their Lives. They’re about players and agents seeking to create positive stories.
We know this because the vast majority of Best Shape of His Life claims are about guys who were either injured the season before, guys who had subpar years the season before or players whose conditioning was a point of controversy the season before. These folks, or their agents + reporters who have little if nothing to write about in the offseason = BSOHL.
James McCann hurt his ankle last season and had a subpar year at the plate. So not only is he a perfect BSOHL candidate, he went old school with the claim and hit it right on the money, verbatim:
Spring training is less than a month away, folks!