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Giants and Bonds to finally sign historic peace accord? UPDATE - Again
2007-01-31 23:42
by Bob Timmermann

Could the long wait be over? Barry Bonds is in San Francisco for a physical and if he passes it, his new one-year, $15.8 million contract, will be official.

The Giants and Bonds reached a tentative deal on December 7, but have been haggling over details ever since. Right now, this is Day 54 of the Barry Bonds Contract Crisis, breaking the earlier 52 day mark of the Red Sox-JD Drew impasse.

UPDATE - The AP reports that it is finally done.

Two baseball officials said the slugger's trainers -- Harvey Shields and Greg Oliver -- would no longer be on the Giants' payroll. That means neither will be allowed in the clubhouse, where they previously had their own lockers next to Bonds' space, or any other restricted area in any big league ballpark, the officials said. If they were to make road trips, it would be on Bonds' dime or their own.

UPDATE 2 - Now Bonds says he won't sign the contract the way it's written

2007-01-29 11:18:49
1.   dianagramr
ESPN must be ecstatic .... now they'll have a person/event to over-saturate the airwaves with (again) this season.
2007-01-29 11:37:09
2.   Bob Timmermann
I don't know how Pedro Gomez of ESPN feels about this.
2007-01-29 11:57:43
3.   Voxter
I resolved the language issues by translating into Yiddish as per Bonds' request. Kind of pissed I'm not mentioned in the article. Just this amphetamines crap.
2007-01-29 12:02:29
4.   Xeifrank
Good news for Giants fans, the signing will most likely be the difference between 5th and 4th place.
vr, Xei
2007-01-29 12:15:03
5.   D4P
If I were Sabean, I wouldn't have offered a dollar over $15.7 million.
2007-01-29 13:31:19
6.   Chyll Will
5 If I were Bonds, no one would believe me.
2007-01-29 15:03:24
7.   Jacob L
Codependence is a beautiful thing.
2007-02-01 06:19:09
8.   rbj
I would like to know the exact language that Selig axed, and the language that Bonds refuses to sign. Is Bud looking desparately for a way to quash Barry from playing ever again?
2007-02-01 07:25:31
9.   Bob Timmermann
The SF Chronicle reported that that Bonds's contract had language specifying which public appearances he had to make.
2007-02-01 08:43:56
10.   dzzrtRatt
9 So it's kind of a "don't be such a rude, ungrateful pr--k" clause.

What's confusing in all the reporting is that Bonds says he won't sign the contract as written, but the objections cited in the articles about the impasse only cite the MLB's problems with it.

Do Bonds and MLB have the same objections?

2007-02-01 10:39:05
11.   dianagramr
Barry's contract is written in invisible ink (in other words ... its "clear")
2007-02-01 14:05:52
12.   3rd gen yankee fan
11 oooh! You ARE evil.
2007-02-01 15:00:39
13.   JNelson
I bet Bud Selig has Jeff Gillooly on his speed dial.
2007-02-01 15:44:31
14.   murphy
well, 11, i heard that gary sheffield is hearing some gripes from fans and media in detroit as has missed several public appearances he signed on to do whence he was traded to detroit. when asked about his clearly violating the agreement he had signed with the tigers orgainzation, the 38-year old ex-yankee claimed, "i didn't know that what i was signing was a binding agreement."

; )

2007-02-01 21:24:25
15.   El Lay Dave
14 What more should one expect from a guy who once admitted purposely playing poorly?

I hear there are new contract language issues, something about Pinyin or Wade-Giles.... ;)

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