Craig Calcaterra

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Please allow me to tell you what to think about Alex Rodriguez’s apology

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Everyone else is gonna do it, so I may as well do it too. And to do it, I’m going to use the method A-Rod used:

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Take it easy on my handwriting. Apart from my signature I haven’t written anything in cursive since the 1980s.

 

Alex Rodriguez issues an apology to fans

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Alex Rodriguez has been on an apology tour. He just released a statement which, from the sound of it, will be his last one. It actually appears as if he has written it by hand. You can go see the hand-written version of it here. Here’s the text:

To the Fans,

I take full responsibility for the mistakes that led to my suspension for the 2014 season. I regret that my actions made the situation worse than it needed to be. To Major League Baseball, the Yankees, the Steinbrenner family, the Players Association and you, the fans, I can only say I’m sorry.

I accept the fact that many of you will not believe my apology or anything that I say at this point. I understand why and that’s on me. It was gracious of the Yankees to offer me the use of Yankee Stadium for this apology but I decided the next time I am in Yankee Stadium, I should be in pinstripes doing my job.

I served the longest suspension in the history of the league for PED use. The Commissioner has said the matter is over. The Players Association has said the same. The Yankees have said the next step is to play baseball.

I’m ready to put this chapter behind me and play some ball.

This game has been my single biggest passion since I was a teenager. When I go to Spring Training, I will do everything I can to be the best player and teammate possible, earn a spot on the Yankees and help us win.

Sincerely,

Alex

Cue writers (a) criticizing the apology as some sort of distraction, even though they’ve called on him to apologize for years; and (b) criticizing it being hand-written as self-centeredness of some sort, even though they’ve been accusing him of hiding behind publicists and spin doctors his whole career.

A.J. Ellis is in The Best Shape of His Life

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This isn’t a true BSOHL. Ellis clearly knows what time it is. But about 30 people have sent me this already, so why not?

Viva the mainstreaming of memes.

The oral history of that time Bill Murray played baseball for the Grays Harbor Loggers

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There are very few Bill Murray stories that anyone would dismiss out of hand as unbelievable. He just sort of lives his life in such a way that anything is really possible. He wanders about, doing what he wants to do, making some movies to pay the rent and resuming living life the way he wants to live it.

One of his passions is baseball. He’s co-owner of a couple of minor league teams and it’s not a passive investment. He shows up to games and does stuff. And back when he was younger, he actually played for a little while. For the Grays Harbor Loggers in Aberdeen, Washington.

Rob Neyer of Fox Sports has complied an oral history of Bill Murray’s summer of 1978, in which he actually got a hit for the Loggers. And spent a lot of time, well, just being Bill Murray the rest of the time.

It’s a long read, but most of you are snowed in or stuck inside due to the cold, so take some time to check it out.

UPDATE: Anthony Bosch sentenced to four years in prison

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UPDATE: Bosch was just sentenced to 48 months in federal prison. If he gets any time off for good behavior, he may be out in time for A-Rod’s contract to expire in October 2017.

The four years he received is not a deviation from the sentencing guidelines, which means that MLB’s letter vouching for Bosch really didn’t do much, one presumes.

9:21 AM: Happy Anthony Bosch Sentencing Day!

Today the owner of Biogenesis will be sentenced following his October guilty plea to a charge of conspiracy to distribute testosterone. The sentencing guidelines call for three to four years — the maximum is ten years — but he has been cooperating with prosecutors and has had MLB put in a good word for him so there’s a decent chance he gets some leniency.

Despite the fact that Bosch was, by all accounts, at the top of this distribution chain that put PEDs in the hands of high school kids, he has served as a key witness against others and will continue to do so in upcoming trials of Biogenesis figures who did not plead out or properly position themselves in the whole affair.