“Operation Barbershop” and the David Ortiz Shooting

In June 2019, ten-time All-Star slugger and 2013 World Series MVP David "Big Papi" Ortiz was shot in the back outside a bar in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The incident was first characterized as a "mob hit" on Ortiz. A Dominican source of the New York Post described as "close to the investigation" claimed the…

What’s the Worst Excuse for a Positive PED Test?

A positive drug test is one of the worst things that can happen to an elite athlete. Use of performance-enhancing drugs will not only result in loss of earnings from inability to compete, but it will also brand the athlete as a cheater, permanently damaging their reputation. This means athletes will often provide very creative…

I Said There’s No Puking in Baseball, Godammit!

Over one year after the strange spectacle at Miller Park when then-reliever Adrian Houser of the Milwaukee Brewers tossed fastballs and cookies TWO TIMES against the Philadelphia Phillies, it happened AGAIN in the Brewers' 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday. With two outs in the first inning, Houser failed to pick up a comebacker hit by…

Who’s Your Ace? Let’s Rank the Active Strikeout Leaders

As a distraction from the Cubs' poor play on Friday, I decided to ask my Twitter followers their opinion on the best pitcher out of some of MLB's active strikeout leaders. They overwhelmingly voted for Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals. https://twitter.com/farnorthsider/status/1155321987281108992 But is he really the best? Let's put this to the test by…

MiLB and MLB PED Suspension Rundown: 2019 All-Star Break

The first half of the year is over, so let's check in on the status of PED suspensions throughout MiLB and MLB so far this year. This is an update on my previous edition posted this spring. MiLB Suspensions 1/25: Junior Harding, CIN P (Methylphenidate, 50 G) 1/25: Alex Schick, MIN P (Amphetamine, 50 G)…

How Do Taxes Work for American Pro Athletes in Canada?

Earlier this week, national baseball writer Jeff Passan published news that the Tampa Bay Rays had received permission to explore becoming a dual city team, playing half of their home games in Florida and half in Montreal, returning baseball to Montreal after a  years-long absence. https://twitter.com/JeffPassan/status/1141761834434871297 This news prompted many jokes about the team being…