Sports Business Daily caught up with Bud Selig at the owners’ meetings yesterday and got a couple of additional quotes from him about McGwire:
“My public statement, which I wrote over and over and over, says
exactly how I feel on the matter. I just don’t want to add to that. I
painstakingly went over it.” Selig added he drafted the statement while
watching the Packers-Cardinals playoff game Sunday night, and that he
knew about McGwire’s past with steroids “beforehand, but not by much.“
Not by much? Those words you keep using; I do not think they mean what you think they mean:
Stejskal said federal authorities, through their undercover operation,
learned of McGwire’s steroid usage by 1993. A year later, Stejskal
recalled that he shared information from the investigation related to
baseball players with Major League Baseball’s then security boss, Kevin
Hallinan, though the sport had no drug testing program at the time.
Of course, when you’re as old as Selig is, I suppose 16 years goes by in the blink of an eye.
No surprise here: The Astros are headed back to the postseason to defend their title following a landslide 11-3 win over the Angels on Friday. This figures to be their third playoff run since 2015, though they have yet to wrap up the AL West with a division title.
First baseman Yuli Gurriel led the charge on Friday, smashing a grand slam in the first inning and tacking on a two-run homer in the second and RBI single in the fifth to help the Astros to a seven-run lead. The Angels eventually returned fire, first with Mike Trout‘s 418-foot homer in the sixth, then with an RBI hit from Francisco Arcia in the seventh, but they couldn’t close the gap in time to overtake the Astros.
On the mound, right-hander Gerrit Cole clinched his 15th win of the year after holding the Angels to seven innings of three-run, 12-strikeout ball. His sixth strikeout of the night — delivered on an 83.1-MPH knuckle curveball to Kaleb Cowart — also marked the 1,000th strikeout of his career to date. He was backed by flawless performances by lefty reliever Tony Sipp and rookie right-hander Dean Deetz, both of whom turned in scoreless innings as the offense barreled toward an 11-3 finish with Jake Marisnick‘s sac bunt and George Springer‘s three-run shot in the eighth.
Despite having qualified for the playoffs, the Astros still carry a magic number of 6 as they look to clinch a third straight division title. They’re currently up against the Athletics, who entered Friday’s contest against the Twins just four games back of first place in the AL West.