Jack Clark, Ex-Yankee, Offers to Take Polygraph in Albert Pujols Lawsuit--If Pujols Does Same [Updated]

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The defendant: Jack "The Ripper" Clark
Updated Monday night to include response from Pujols's lawyer.

Earlier this month, slugger Albert Pujols sued former New York Yankee (and St. Louis Cardinal and San Francisco Giant) Jack Clark for defamation.

Now, through his attorney, Clark has responded by challenging Pujols to a duel. Clark's weapon of choice: the polygraph.

Clark, known in his playing days as Jack the Ripper, ripped into Pujols on a St. Louis radio show in August, stating that he knows "for a fact" that Pujols, who played 10 seasons for the Cardinals before jumping ship for the Los Angeles Angels in 2012, used steroids.

Pujols filed suit October 3, alleging that "[i]n an attempt to generate ratings during the first week of his The King and the Ripper radio program, for his own personal gain, or for other wrongful reasons yet unknown, Clark targeted Pujols and published and disseminated malicious, reckless and outrageous falsehoods about him, falsely asserting that Pujols used steroids and illegal performance enhancing drugs."

Next: If Clark's allegations were outrageous, attorney Albert Watkins's letter to Pujols's counsel--who received it Monday morning--gives them a run for their money ...

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Yankee Stadium Prices Illustrate Two New Yorks: The Rich One at the Game, the Other Watching at Home

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The revelations last week over beer prices in major league baseball stadiums gives us a chance to use it to illustrate what has become a central topic in this year's remarkable mayoral campaign--the city's shrinking middle class and the ever broadening economic gap between the rich and poor.

This all began when the Team Marketing Report released this year's version of a report looking at stadium costs in major league baseball. (More after the jump)

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New Professional Baseball Code of Conduct Makes Posting of Porn in Public Places Against the Rules

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Oh, behaaaave. "Personal touching" is getting a second look in the new guidelines.
Major League Baseball is coming out, swinging. The professional baseball league produced a new Code of Conduct to better guard against homophobia on the field and in locker rooms. The announcement was made yesterday in conjunction with the New York State Attorney General's office and the MLB Players Association. Among the more sensible rules stipulated: No more posting of porn in public places, and be careful who you play grab-ass with.

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A-Rod's Not the Yankees' Only Playoff Goat

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I've always resisted the idea that clutch hitting exists, I guess because I don't like the notion that baseball is something more than a game -- that it brings out something heroic in an athlete.

I pretty much agree with Bill James's early assessment on the topic, which was that what a batter hits in so-called "clutch" situations is close to what he hits in all other situations -- and that if this wasn't obvious, it's merely because there hadn't been enough of a sampling. In other words, if Willie Mays never hit a home run in 21 World Series games it was simply luck of the draw. Given, say, another two World Series and another 10 or 12 games, if he batted another 40 times and hit, say, six home runs, then he'd have 7 home runs in 114 at-bats, which would be almost the same ratio as his regular season average.

It's unsettling to watch baseball as long as I have and suddenly have to entertain an entirely new concept, but after watching the Yankees play like deer caught in the headlights in game after game, I'm beginning to think I was wrong about clutch hitting. Or at least wrong about clutch hitting as it manifests itself in the postseason, which is about as clutch as I can think of.

Alex Rodriguez, of course, is taking the major share of the flak for his failure to deliver against the Orioles and now the Tigers, but it has seemed to me all along that Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, and Mark Teixeira have been just as guilty, especially in this year's postseason.


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Take A Seat, A-Rod -- It's October

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There have been home runs in baseball history bigger than Raul Ibanez's 9th inning, game-tying shot last night or even his 12th inning game-winning swat. Bobby Thomson's, after all, won a pennant; Bill Mazeroski's won a World Series. But I don't think any pair of home runs turned so many careers on their heads as Raoul's swings.

First off, think of the Yankees., who had been humiliated in their own park by a rookie pitcher, Miguel Gonzalez, for seven innings. Can you imagine the all-pervading sense of gloom and doom that every Yankee (and every Yankee fan) would have with Phil Hughes going tomorrow night and the Yanks down 2-1 in the series, one game away from elimination?



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Is A-Rod Expanding?

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When your team loses 3-2, as the Yankees did last night to the Orioles, and you leave 10 runners on base, it doesn't come down to the fault of just one batter. But when you're batting 3rd and being what Alex Rodriguez is being paid, you're the one everyone points a finger at. And in this case, justifiably so.

Last night was positively embarrassing for A-Rod, who went 1-for-5, struck out twice, and left 5 runners on base. And this follows his three strikeouts in game one.



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C.C., I Was Just Kidding -- You CAN Win the Big One

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If you didn't stay up last night to see it, you missed a classic. Russell martin -- or "Thank God For Russell" Martin, as he's known in my house -- belted a long shot off Jim Johnson in the 9th inning to give the Yankees 3-2 lead. And then it seemed like everyone in the Yankees lineup got a hit.

Except, of course, Alex Rodriguez, who once again looked like he was swinging at insects (I don't remember him hitting so much as a foul all night).

It was just about a perfect night for the Yanks to dump some demons, including C.C. Sabathia, who, I'm told, is tired of hearing the carping, mostly from me, that he can't win the big game. Still, I think Joe Girardi erred in leaving him in to get two outs in the 9th - 120 pitches is just too much.



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Yankees 2012: OK But No Cigar...Yet

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Is it possible that following one team up close, day by day, for an entire season, can actually give you a distorted rather than accurate perception of how good they are?

Like many Yankee fans, I've been ruthlessly criticizing the team's performance, or at least its performance since the All-Star break. Now, after the breathtaking thoroughness of the three-game sweep of the Red Sox, I find that they actually had the best record in the American League. I didn't even see the possibility of that happening during the final week. Midway through September I simply assumed that the Texas Rangers, the Oakland As, the Detroit Tigers, and probably the Baltimore Orioles would finish with better won-lost records than the Yankees.



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Dickey V. Gonzalez In Battle For Cy Young Love

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Tonight's matchup of the Mets and Washington Nationals gets about as anticipated as a game can get with no postseason at stake. The Mets, after all, have had just two Cy Young winners in their 50 year history -- Tom Seaver (1969, 1973 and 1975) and Dwight Gooden (1985). I don't know whether R.A. Dickey is the frontrunner for this year's National League honors - there are stories circulating that some old-time sportswriters think of Dickey as a sensational fluke or that his knuckleball is an amusing gimmick. But by at least one serious evaluation, he is the leading candidate.



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Yanks Split With Orioles; October Looking Bleak

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However much relief Yankee fans feel after the split of the four-game series with the Orioles - and it was oh, so painfully close to being 3 of 4 for the Yanks - and however good it felt to finally see the Yanks cut loose for 13 runs on Sunday afternoon, it's hard to come away with any sense of confidence.

Even if the Bombers hadn't been hosed on the last call of Saturday's game -- and they were  (badly), with replays showing that Mark Teixiera was safe by at least a yard -- and Alex Rodriguez had followed up with a hit, we'd still be waiting to hear if Tex was out for just six days or for the rest of the season after reinjuring a calf muscle in the game.



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