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Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Wednesday, June 24, 2009

MLB has an interesting way of counting. So, a player caught using performance enhancing drugs the first time gets a 50-day suspension.

But wait kiddies! Even though you are suspended, you can go to the minors for a 'rehab assignment'?????

If the suspension is from Major League Baseball for 50-days, then why should the 'rehab' start before the 50 days are over????

See, last night Manny Ramirez, he of the female hormones, began his rehab assignment at the Dodgers Triple-A affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes (named after the Springfield Isotopes of 'Simpsons fame') last evening. Now his 50-day 'suspension' ends on July 3rd, but I guess MLB counts differently.

If you want to make a statement that drugs are a NO-NO, then make a damn statement!

Speaking of MLB, the MLB Players Association announced that Donald Fehr who joined the MLBPA as general counsel in 1977 and was named executive director in 1985, will be stepping down.

Fehr has been a constant on the scene for so long, it will be strange without him. During his tenure the average baseball salary rose from $300,000.00 to $3,000,000.00!

He stymied the implementation of steroid testing for many years. He has been criticized by some for not agreeing to drug testing until 2002.

"He was wrong to see things in terms of civil liberties for the players and not in terms of the overall interests of baseball," Fay Vincent, former Commissioner of the MLB said. " He always said that was your responsibility [the commissioner and the owners]. But I don't want to harp on that as it is just one aspect of an outstanding career."

"If we, I, had known or understood what the circumstances were a little better, then perhaps we would have moved sooner," was Fehr's response.

Fehr presided over a two-day strike in 1985 followed by a 32-day lockout in 1990 and a 7½-month strike in 1994-95 that wiped out the World Series for the first time in 90 years.

There has been labor peace for the last 14 years of his tenure.

In all, Fehr should be remembered for his determination and desire to get the most possible for his union members.

Did he do it correctly every time? Absolutely not, but in the end, he did it correctly a majority of the time.

Weird Al Yankovic is back with his first track “Craigslist” from his INTERNET LEAKS EP due out later this summer. This is a brand new original track for Al, however, he was able to get The Doors keyboardist, Ray Manzarek to play on it!

The video was shot by Liam Lynch whose credits include MTV’s Sifl & Olly Show, Tenacious D: Pick Of Destiny, music videos for Foo Fighters, No Doubt, Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal!

Check it out HERE. Don’t forget to add Al’s widget to all of your personal pages! Find it HERE

For all the latest on Weird Al himself, check out HIS WEBSITE.

LOVE IS THE ANSWER, the new studio album from Barbra Streisand, will be available everywhere on Tuesday, September 29.

The first full-length collection of new studio recordings from eight-time Grammy award winner Barbra Streisand since 2005's Guilty Pleasures, and first new Barbra Streisand album since Live In Concert 2006.

Love Is The Answer provided an opportunity for Streisand to work for the first time with the Grammy-winning Canadian jazz artist Diana Krall (piano) and her quartet (guitar, bass, drums) who brought a refined and sensual poignancy to the album's spare and subtle accompaniments.

Also working with Ms. Streisand is the legendary songwriter ("The Shadow of Your Smile") and Grammy-winning arranger Johnny Mandel who worked with Streisand on her 1993 Back to Broadway album and arranged/co-produced Krall's 1998 Grammy-winning When I Look In Your Eyes.

This one just popped onto my iTunes and I found myself NOT ask me why...


20 Of Your Sparks

  1. JohnH985 Says:
  2. Couldn't get the music to work. Never been a big Barbra Streisand fan, but I do like Diana Krall. Did you know she was married to Elvis Costello?

  3. Matt-Man Says:
  4. Oh how I loooooathe Weird Al. Have a loverly day, Vinny. Cheers!!

  5. DrillerAA09 Says:
  6. If the rehab assignment were in rookie league or "A" ball and you were required to ride the bus with everyone else, and be treated like a rookie league player, then maybe there is some value here. But, if you're just some star, down from "The Show" for a couple of months and you're not required to interact with your new team mates, I don't see the point. Like you, I thought suspension meant NO Baseball, period! If you're not allowed to play the game or pick up a bat for 50 days, then a little rehab might be in order. I don't guess I'll ever completely understand professional sports justice system. It's almost as screwed up as the real justice system.

  7. ...looooooves me some Cher!...

  8. Travis Says:
  9. Do you suppose Babs will send you a copy of her new CD for a tuneage post? LOL!

    And don't get me started on that guy. I've been enjoying Dodger success for the last couple of months without that guy.

  10. Totally with you on Manny. I don't blame Fehr (although he IS the pits) as much as I do the owners. Had they gone through with the replacement players in 1995 they way the NFL did, baseball would have a salary cap. My 2 cents...

  11. katherine. Says:
  12. may I respectfully submit that their have been many enlightening stories about baseball since you and I have known each other....

    Farm play was pretty well publicized out here when the Ramirez ruling came down. They don't want Manny to get toooo out of shape...the Dodger's are protecting their investment...and counting on him making an impact in the second half. No one in LA is gonna care about the drug use.

    Fehr's job was to take care of the players...within a union...and he was great at his job...even if you don't agree with what his job was.

    Fey Vincent was an idiot. Fehr didn't work for Baseball...he worked for the players.

    That weird al is a RIOT!

    I admire Steisand's talent...and that's about it.

    That's Nancy Sinatra right?

  13. Jay Says:
  14. The policy that is allowing ManRam to play "rehab" games in Triple-A IS the policy. The drug suspension policy allows for those minor league games. Everyone else who has been suspended under this policy has been allowed to do the same thing. Manny isn't getting any special treatment and the policy is fair.

    And, nobody really cares about steroids in baseball. And most of the people who claim to care only complain about people NOT on their team who have roided up.

    Donald Fehr's #1 job description was to protect the players and the union. He sure as hell was successful at that. And, given that the owners have never won a labor dispute in court, I think maybe it should be mentioned that he wasn't solely responsible for strikes and lockouts.

  15. Roger Says:
  16. Ol Al wont give up lol!D

  17. Fred Says:
  18. Weird Al is still recording? I thought he kind of faded into the sunset. On the other hand, I wish Babs would ride into the sunset on a race horse.

  19. Dianne Says:
  20. with all going on in the world I could care less about a bunch of cheating millionaires playing a kid's game and thinking they're important to anyone other than those who make money off of them - we should make sure our children have better heroes - might turn our twisted values around

    I hope Matt is OK today. Hugs to him

  21. Tiggerlane Says:
  22. Saw the Weird Al video last week...he is such a freak! But you gotta love him!

    Been thinking of you!

  23. Coco Says:
  24. *skims quickly* ... baseball blah blah blah ... wait! Streisand has done a song with Diana Krall on her new album? Cool!

    *wonders what Cher has to do with this post, but like the song*

  25. Bond Says:
  26. JOHN: Did not know that fact. I am getting the album to review at some point. We will see.

    MATT-MAN: Did he steal an idea from you?

    DRILLER: Excellent points Sir.

    PHFRANKIE: She does have that ability doesn't she..

    TRAVIS: Not her, but the record company is! LOL
    I know...they have not missed him, have they?

    BUD: Might have happened...I do blame the owners of the teams that get the extra money from the payroll taxes and line their pockets instead of assisting their teams.

    KATHERINE: That we have and I have enjoyed them ...I know they don't care about the drugs. But the Dodgers have done well without him!.
    Fehr did his job, no doubt. Whether I agreed with him is another story!
    I am neither here nor there on both Al and Babs...
    No Cher!

    JAY: I get it is the rule - I do not get WHY it is the rule...
    Again, you are correct on the Fehr situation - hey did you know his salary was based upon the average players salary? LOL

    ROGER: Not until they put him in his grave and then he might find a way!

    FRED: Amazing - huh?

    DIANNE: Respectfully, I believe the state of the sports world is at its zenith.
    And with all the problems in the world, having the distraction of sports and the arts helps many to cope.
    Thanks on Matt.

    TIGGER: HEY THERE! Hope all is well.
    He is a freak

    COCO: LOL...OK OK - I am interested to see what the song sounds like..
    She just know how she is!

  27. Travis Says:
  28. Katherine: You're painting with a very broad brush to suggest that "nobody" in LA cares about the drug issue. I've talked to some buddies that are still down there, die hard Dodger fans like me, and the drug issue is important to them.

    It's not just about winning. Drug cheats are drug cheats...I don't care who they are or who they play for.

    I'm sure there are many Dodger fans who don't care what it takes to get another World Series championship. But there are many others who do.

    Jay: Again with the broad brush on the "nobody cares". A drug cheat is a drug cheat, whether he plays for my team or somebody else's. And I know a lot of people who feel the same way.

  29. I wasn't sure I was in the right place - Streisand and Cher?!

  30. Bond Says:
  31. TRAVIS: I may have used the same brush when I responded to Katherine. Of course there are many (I include myself) who will not tolerate anyone caught. My opinion of ARod has changed...I did believe he was the "one" to take Mr. Bonds off the top of the heap.

    SONGBIRD: Yup sill The Couch! LOL

  32. katherine. Says:
  33. yes...I apologize...I used a big ole' brush to be sure. And you are both totally correct that there are many many cities...who are concerned with the performance enhancement drug use.

    check this out about Lincecum using performance enhancements…

  34. katherine. Says:
  35. I really hate not being able to see what my comment looks like right away.....


  36. Bond Says:
  37. KATHERINE: LOL on the Lincecum article!
    OK...Let's give it a chance and see what happens...

    Ladies and Gents...Comments are open.


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