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National Pastime Archive: March 2009

  • All-time home run king seeks work

    Seven-time MVP Barry Bonds is guaranteed at least a few months of freedom now that his perjury trial has been delayed until late summer at the earliest, and he wants to spend it on the diamond. According to multiple media sources, the 44-year-old has told his agent, Jeff Borris, to shop his services around to all 30 big league clubs. Borris has conceded that he isn't optimistic about Bonds' chances of landing a job. "Unless they have a change of heart or see an error in their ways, I seriously doubt that clubs will give him the opportunity to play this year," he said. Published March 3 2009

  • Fantasy Rankings - Third Basemen

    Third base is usually a premium position in fantasy, but this year's crop is uncharacteristically thin. Only the top three - Alex Rodriguez, David Wright and Aramis Ramirez - finished among the top 30 hitters in my league last year, and there are only a few third basemen with a realistic chance of joining them in this year's top 30 when it's all said and done. Evan Longoria could emerge as an elite player, Chipper Jones and Garrett Atkins are safe bets and Chris Davis is a nice prospect, but after that you're left with a big group of similarly solid but unspectacular options. Published March 2 2009

  • Bowden resigns as Nationals GM

    Nationals GM Jim Bowden resigned Sunday after four-plus years on the job and zero winning seasons, saying he had become a distraction to the team. "Unless you are Manny Ramirez, there is no place for distraction in baseball," Bowden said during an emotional press conference. "I want to be able to turn the page and I want this franchise to be able to have everybody, from the media to the fans, focus on what this game is about. It's about players. It's about what happens on the field." Published March 1 2009