San Francisco Giants front office officials have called all 30 investors in the Giants to a meeting Friday morning where managing partner Peter Magowan will step down and possibly sell his shares in the team, the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE reports.
(Scott Boras, Brian Sabean, Barry Zito, Peter Magowan - four people the new managing partner may want to lock out of the building)
One of the other owners seems likely to take his spot; the CHRONICLE suggests Microsoft’s former chief lawyer William Neukom tops the list. Considering Neukom’s legacy with antitrust suits, you can see why he bought into a baseball team. He must cuddle every night with a pillow that has “Federal Baseball Club of Baltimore, Inc. v. National Baseball Clubs” embroidered on it.
The San Francisco Giants seem determined to cut all ties with Barry Bonds, so much so that images featuring the steroid-suspected slugger have been banished from the ballpark.
REUTERS reports that banners & billboards of Bonds have been bumped from AT&T Park. As the article states, “The left field wall no longer bears an image of Bonds chasing (Hank) Aaron for the home run crown, nor elsewhere is the number of Bonds’ home runs in relation to Aaron posted.”
The Giants have also denied rumors that they would be willing to welcome Barry back, even at a reduced price.
Richard Justice of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE writes today that baseball commissioner “Bud Selig seems ready to suspend San Francisco Giants owner Peter Magowan and general manager Brian Sabean for looking the other way while a certain slugger bulked up and hit a bunch of home runs.”
Selig’s motivation would be, as noted by the Georgie Mitchell, Sabean’s repeated unwillingness to remove Barry Bonds’ (alleged) steroid supplier, Greg Anderson, from the Giants’ clubhouse. In the same report, Magowan told George Mitchell “that Barry Bonds admitted using steroids, Mitchell’s report on steroid use in baseball says. Magowan later attempted to withdraw the disclosure.“
We’re still dubious about Selig going through with a suspension. But he may well have to do something to keep up appearances with Congress.
More interesting was the discovery made Tuesday about the drug baseball players have been using as a replacement for amphetamines.