The Bonds jury foreman essentially admits he didn’t pay attention to the grand jury testimony

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He didn’t admit it in so many words, but here’s what he said to Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle regarding Bonds’ “did you ever get injected by anyone” testimony that formed the basis of the obstruction of justice charge:

Jury foreman Fred Jacob later described the panel’s reaction to that nonsense as: “Come on, you’re just telling stories here. Just say yes or no.”

And here’s Bonds’ testimony before the grand jury regarding being injected by anyone besides team doctors and personal physicians:

Now, you can say that’s a lie (I tend to think it was), but the jury didn’t think so. If they did, they would have and should have convicted him of perjury. But they did not.  They instead took the position that Bonds was “telling stories” and not “just saying yes or no.”  Except he said no. A straight “no” to a straight question.  And yet the jury found this to be obstruction.

This is proof positive that the jury just punted here.  They decided to “do justice” rather than follow the evidence. I’m not OK with that. You shouldn’t be either.

Zack Cozart thinks the way the Rays have been using Sergio Romo is bad for baseball

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The Rays started Sergio Romo on back-to-back days and if that sounds weird to you, you’re not alone. Romo, of course, was the star closer for the Giants for a while, helping them win the World Series in 2012 and ’14. He’s been a full-time reliever dating back to 2006, when he was at Single-A.

In an effort to prevent lefty Ryan Yarbrough from facing the righty-heavy top of the Angels’ lineup (Zack Cozart, Mike Trout, Justin Upton), Romo started Saturday’s game, pitching the first inning before giving way to Yarbrough in the second. Romo struck out the side, in fact. The Rays went on to win 5-3.

The Rays did it again on Sunday afternoon, starting Romo. This time, he got four outs before giving way to Matt Andriese. Romo walked two without giving up a hit while striking out three. The Angels managed to win 5-2 however.

Despite Sunday’s win, Cozart wasn’t a happy camper with the way the Rays used Romo. Via Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic, Cozart said, “It was weird … It’s bad for baseball, in my opinion … It’s spring training. That’s the best way to explain it.”

It’s difficult to see merit in Cozart’s argument. It’s not like the Rays were making excessive amounts of pitching changes; they used five on Saturday and four on Sunday. The games lasted three hours and three hours, 15 minutes, respectively. The average game time is exactly three hours so far this season. I’m having trouble wondering how else Cozart might mean the strategy is bad for baseball.

It seems like the real issue is that Cozart is afraid of the sport changing around him. The Rays, like most small market teams, have to find their edges in slight ways. The Rays aren’t doing this blindly; the strategy makes sense based on their opponents’ starting lineup. The idea of valuing on-base percentage was scoffed at. Shifting was scoffed at and now every team employs them to some degree. Who knows if starting a reliever for the first three or four outs will become a trend, but it’s shortsighted to write it off at first glance.