Bonds a lock to be at the All-Star game

first_imgLa Russa’s St. Louis Cardinals apparently were a team interested in Bonds. “We all know from the offseason that Tony would like him,” Magowan said with a chuckle. Chicago White Sox shortstop Juan Uribe thinks his legal troubles are behind him. Uribe was alleged to have shot a farmer in his native Dominican Republic during the offseason. He also believes someone tried to extort more than $900,000 from him in connection with the case. “Everyone knows I wasn’t involved, and I’m just glad it’s over with,” he said Friday through an interpreter after going through his first workout with the White Sox. Legal concerns Around the horn Mariano Rivera sailed through his first batting practice session. The Yankees closer threw 35 pitches to a hitting group that included Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon, Bobby Abreu and Robinson Cano. Baltimore Orioles reliever Jamie Walker sustained a concussion Friday when he was hit in the back of the head by a Nick Markakis line drive during batting practice. Randy Johnson pitched off a mound for the first time since back surgery in October and said after his private bullpen session that he felt fine. Joe Matumoto, a 36-year-old left-hander who pitched for Brazil’s national team, agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and was invited to spring training. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “If Willie is going to get honored, as I think he will, Barry will have some role to play there,” Magowan said Friday during a wide-ranging interview in the dugout at Scottsdale Stadium. “But what I hope instead will happen is he is chosen to be on the All-Star team, and I feel he will be. I feel he will have earned his spot both by what he’s done in the game and by what he will have done this year.” Bonds, a seven-time NL MVP, begins his 22nd major league season – his 15th with San Francisco – 22 home runs shy of passing Hank Aaron’s career record of 755. Magowan joked how La Russa will surely want Bonds on his All-Star roster, a reference to the slugger and skipper meeting during Bonds’ brief appearance at the baseball winter meetings in December. center_img Even if Barry Bonds is not an All-Star this season, Giants owner Peter Magowan expects the slugger to take part in festivities for baseball’s summer classic in his home ballpark. Magowan hopes that Bonds’ godfather, Hall of Famer Willie Mays, will be a big part of the July event in San Francisco. Yet Magowan would rather No. 25 is in uniform and playing for the NL roster and World Series-winning manager Tony La Russa. last_img