Giants Will Not Admit Trainers
The entourage of trainers who typically surround Barry Bonds’ locker will be noticeably absent from the San Francisco Giants’ clubhouse this season.
That means no Greg Anderson, one of four men charged last week in a steroid-distribution ring that allegedly supplied dozens of professional athletes with banned substances.
“I do think the rules are going to be the rules,” Giant General Manager Brian Sabean said Thursday, speaking of a two-year-old directive by the commissioner’s office that is expected to be more strictly enforced this year.
“It will be a cooperative effort. It will be taken more seriously by everyone, starting with Major League Baseball.”
Anderson and the three others charged last week have pleaded innocent. Harvey Shields, another of Bonds’ trainers, also has frequented the clubhouse since 2000. He stretches out the six-time National League most valuable player before games.
Jason Giambi’s trainer wasn’t allowed in the Yankee Stadium clubhouse last year, although he could be in the weight room and on the team plane.
Frank Robinson will return as manager of the Montreal Expos this season, even though he hasn’t signed a new deal.
After leading the Expos to a second straight 83-79 season in 2003, the 68-year-old Robinson said he would decide in the off-season whether to return.
Pedro Martinez may not attend Boston’s first three days of spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., because of a family medical issue. The ace right-hander received permission from the club to report after the first official workout for pitchers and catchers on Saturday.
Martinez “has a very legitimate serious family issue that’s going to be fine but does require his attention,” Boston General Manager Theo Epstein said.
The Angels announced that individual game tickets for the regular season will go on sale March 6, starting at 9 a.m., at Angel Stadium’s main box office.... The Black Baseball Players Assn. will play host to a clinic for Los Angeles area youths today from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Reggie Smith Baseball Center, 5120 Hayvenhurst Ave., Encino. Among the coaches scheduled to participate are former Dodgers Reggie Smith, Tommy Davis, Derrell Thomas and Enos Cabell.