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Ichiro is getting “some consideration” from the Orioles


Jon Heyman reports that free agent Ichiro Suzuki is “receiving some consideration” from the Orioles

The O’s are in need of an outfielder. It may be more useful for them to get one that can, you know, still hit. And for as much as everyone loves Ichiro, he really can’t anymore. He hit a mere .284/.324/.340 in 143 games this past season for the Yankees. It’s possible that he has one more hit-lucky season in him, but it’d be hard to count on that.

The Walter White of the Biogenesis case pleads guilty

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Not my analogy. That’s the analogy of the Miami Herald which refers to Paulo Berejuk, the man who manufactured Anthony Bosch’s PEDs, as the “Breaking Bad” figure in the while Biogenesis affair.

Anyway, Berejuk is the chemist who made the PEDs that eventually made their way to A-Rod, Ryan Braun other major leaguers and — lest we forget — high school athletes in the Miami area. He made them in his garage. Tony Bosch paid him $20,000 a month to do so. His whole story, including the fact that he faces a couple of years in prison, can be read here.

So if this guy is Walter White, I guess that makes Bosch Gus Fring, maybe? And I have no idea who that makes A-Rod. At the moment I’ll say he’s the guy who got his head crushed by that ATM machine in his squalid house, but we can probably do better than that in the comments.

Angels 2010 first round pick Ryan Bolden was shot and killed last night

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This is awful:

Police say a deadly shooting Wednesday night started as a fight over candy. Investigators tell FOX 5’s Marc Teichner that children, around 10- and 11-years-old, were arguing about the candy at an apartment complex in the 4000 block of Lakemont Drive. Police say some adults got involved and things turned violent around 8:30 p.m. That’s when a 23-year-old man was shot and killed.

The victim was later identified as Ryan Bolden, the first round draft pick of the Los Angeles Angels in 2010 and a star high school player who led his Atlanta-area school to the state title that year. He had spent four seasons playing rookie-level ball for the Angels, but did not play any organized baseball in 2014. It was reported that back problems had derailed his career, though it was still a possibility that he’d come back.

What Communists thought about baseball in 1934

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It’s been a big couple of days for communism, what with the Cuba stuff and North Korea apparently taking over the U.S. movie industry. So, courtesy of John Thorn, let us look back at what communist baseball analysis was like in the 1930s.

At least from one communist writer, anyway. A man by the name of Mike Gold, who wrote for the Daily Worker. Sports was not his usual beat, but in 1934 he decided to take on the capitalist exploitation of the worker by, more or less, calling Dizzy Dean dean a dupe of the bourgeoisie:

Dizzy seems to be a simple-minded, Ring Lardner “You Know Me Al” ball player, raised down in the Southwest on grits and cornbread, gifted with a powerful pitching arm and a keen pair of eyes. But the stockholders of the St. Louis Cardinals and the racketeers and speculators who infest organized baseball as they do every other national sport in the country today, have a keener eye than Dizzy’s pitching ones and a stronger arm when it comes to counting the season’s profits.

Here I’d normally say something like “that sure is fun!” but it’s decidedly not fun. Indeed, I tend to think that a key part of communism’s ultimate downfall in countries that didn’t bother to have actual revolutions was that it’s a pretty humorless ideology in a lot of ways and didn’t really appreciate that some institutions were important to people and that they could, at least in theory, coexist with communist ideology. It realize the proletariat’s enslavement is Serious Business, but a few more yuks — and the acknowledgment that, in mid-century America you weren’t going to win friends by slamming baseball — may have done the ideology better in the United States.

Of course communist sports writing wasn’t always like this. Later some Daily Worker writers — most notably Lester Rodney — were way ahead of the curve regarding integration in baseball and — importantly — did not just dismiss the enterprise of sports as the opiate of the masses. But in 1934 it was still “to hell with baseball.”

Enjoy, comrades.

The Red Sox are in “active talks” with someone about trading Allen Craig

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Who? I dunno. And neither does Jon Morosi, but he says it’s happening:

This is in contrast to yesterday’s report from Jerry Crasnick of ESPN that there was “nothing brewing” regarding Craig.

It still seems like, if they can find even a bit of room for him, the Sox would do better to let him show the world he’s healthy before selling low on him after his disastrous 2014 season. At least let him run around in spring training a bit, ya know?