Feb. 15, 2011
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a secret tape recording of Barry Bonds' former personal trainer allegedly discussing Bonds' steroid use can be presented as evidence at the upcoming perjury trial.
The San Jose Mercury News reported that the recording of Greg Anderson and former Bonds associate Steve Hoskins can be used at the trial as government evidence against the former San Francisco Giants slugger and the single-season and all-time home run record-holder.
Hoskins reportedly claimed his reason for secretly recordingthe conversation in March 2003 was to convince Bonds' father that his son was taking steroids.
Bonds is accused of lying to a grand jury and hampering investigation of a steroid distribution ring. His trial is scheduled to begin March 21.
If convicted, Bonds would face a maximum of a 10-year sentence on each of five counts against him.
CHICAGO – The Sharks used their first pick on the second day of the draft to select defenseman Mario Ferraro at 49th overall.
The Sharks acquired the second round pick from New Jersey earlier in the week as part of the trade for Mirco Mueller.
Ferraro, a five-foot-11, 185-pound Toronto native, will attend the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in the fall. The 18-year-old posted 41 points (8g, 33a) in 60 games for Des Moines of the USHL last season.
“I describe myself as an offensive defenseman that takes pride in the d-zone,” Ferraro said. “Obviously, I like to get involved offensively. I think I’m a good skater, and I transition the puck up the ice quick. I also like to be physical in the d-zone and use my body.”
Ferraro said he needs to work on "my shot, especially. Getting pucks through to the net to create scoring chances, and I also want to work on when and when not to get up in the play, and reading the play better.”
Ferraro, the 78th-ranked North American skater according to NHL Central Scouting and a left-handed shot, had about 20 friends and family in attendance at the draft.
“I’m very honored to be wearing this jersey right now. It was amazing. It’s been an amazing day so far.”
The Sharks chose center Josh Norris with their first round pick (19th overall) on Friday.
The A's called up top prospect Franklin Barreto on Saturday morning, giving the middle infielder his first major league call-up with Chad Pinder hitting the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
In the span of just over a week, the A's have promoted both of their highest rated position player prospects in Barreto and third baseman Matt Chapman, though Chapman himself is on the DL with a knee infection.
Barreto, 21, is hitting .281 with eight home runs and 32 RBI for Triple-A Nashville. He ascended to the top of Oakland's prospect rankings shortly after being acquired from Toronto in the Josh Donaldson trade of November 2014. His bat is the strength of his game, and the A's believe he has the potential to be an excellent hitter near the top of the batting order.
Pinder injured his hamstring in the A's 3-0 win over the White Sox on Friday night.