With 12 games remaining, the Toronto Blue Jays are about to wrap up their 34th season in baseball’s American League.

Rogers Centre

Over the last decade, the Blue Jays have never averaged more than 30,000 fans per game in any season

Right now, they sit two games above .500. Do you care? Have you cared at all this season? Based on the attendance this season at Rogers Centre, no one has cared. There have been plenty of things to care about – Jose Bautista’s charge for 50 home runs, catcher John Buck’s solid first season in Toronto, Kyle Drabek’s major league pitching debut, CF Vernon Wells’ resurgence and Cito Gaston’s farewell season in the dugout. But fans in Toronto don’t care. It’s a far cry from the good, old days. And it does not auger well for the future. (more…)

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If I said the name “José Bautista” to you, would the first thing that comes to mind be, “Hey, he’s leading Major League Baseball in home runs”? I didn’t think so…but it should be.

José Bautista

With swings like this one, José Bautista has pounded 43 home runs this season, leaving him just four behind George Bell's team record set in 1987

With due credit to the great Rodney Dangerfield, Bautista is getting no respect. The 29-year old Toronto Blue Jays’ right fielder has 43 home runs this season. And the fact that nobody seems to know it, or care, is a bit of a headshaker. (more…)

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Time, and the long arm of the law, may have finally caught up with former baseball pitching ace Roger Clemens. And he’s about to find out something that Pete Rose and Bill Clinton learned long before him. The strategy of “Deny, deny, deny” does not work. Telling a bare-faced lie to Jim Gray on television, as Pete Rose did during the 1999 World Series, will keep you out of the National Baseball Hall-of-Fame. Telling a bare-faced lie to Congress, as Clemens appears to have done, will keep you out of something else. Society. Lying to Congress is how you acquire a ticket to jail. When will people in positions of influence ever learn?

Roger Clemens

Roger Clemens has now been indicted regarding his 2008 testimony before the Congress of the United States

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Bud Selig

This is about as bright as Bud Selig, Commissioner of Major League Baseball, ever looks. He took the job, on an interim basis, in 1992.

If I never, ever have to hear another word about the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez, and his fully illegitimate home run total, I’ll die a happy man. Thanks to baseball commissioner Bud Selig, my sports-loving mind has now divided major league baseball players into two categories: true athletes…and cheaters. You have likely heard of all the guys in the second category – Barry “My-head-ballooned-to-the-size-of-Cleveland” Bonds, Sammy “Love-me-while-I-cheat” Sosa, Mark “When-I-did-it-it-was-OK” McGwire, Alex “I-fessed-up-so-that’s-cool” Rodriguez and Rafael “Nobody-lies-to-the-House-Government-Reform-Committee-like-I-do” Palmeiro. There are others. But these are the main guys who make me sick to my sporting stomach. (more…)

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Stuart Appleby

Yesterday, in the final round of the Greenbrier Classic, Australia's Stuart Appleby shot just the fifth official round of 59 in PGA TOUR history (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Quickly now…what do Ubaldo Jiménez, Dallas Braden, Roy Halladay, Edwin Jackson and Matt Garza all have in common? You probably guessed that each has thrown no-hitters in the major leagues this season. This is incorrect. OK, try this. What do Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, David Duval, Paul Goydos and Stuart Appleby have in common. Again, did you blurt out, “They’ve all shot 59 in a PGA TOUR event!” Wrongo. Oh, I’m sure these pitchers and golfers all think they did these things but, in my mind, they did not. That’s because the benchmarks we all cherish in every sport should be reserved for legends. (more…)

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