The blog “Can’t Stop the Bleeding” has offered some new baseball terminology.
Boston manager Terry Francona reported Sean Casey would miss the Tokyo games, calling it a case of “Southern League Neck” — or a sore neck caused by long bus rides.
“Can’t Stop…” takes it a step further:
“(It) should not be confused with the more modern ailment, ‘Atlantic League Neck’ (i.e. after several HGH injections supplied by … a trusted teammate, a player no longer appears to have a neck.”
Of course, the league has gone out of its way to sign players with questionable pasts, including Jose Canseco, John Rocker and Juan Gonzalez.
And quite frankly it continues to risk its reputation by going after these type of players. (See recent Barry Bonds Publicity Stunt.)
If the league really wants to keep signing players with spotty reputations, it will continue to be known as a user league.