Magglio Ordonez and Vladimir Guerrero Get Haircuts to Turn Slumps Around

Magglio Ordonez and Vladimir Guerrero have been two of the premier sluggers in the game. Vlad is an MVP winner and Mags has won the batting title and is a six-time All-Star. But both players have endured tough starts to the season. Vlad’s been hampered by a torn pectoral muscle and is experiencing his worst offensive season ever. Mags hasn’t had any injuries that we know of but he’s having his worst offensive year ever. Perhaps coincidentally, both players got haircuts on the same day to try and change things up:

Now if you ask me, that sort of long hair has no business in baseball in the first place when you have to wear hats and batting helmets every day because they make both harder to fit. It also appears as if the changes to the ‘dos made a difference — Vlad broke out of his slump with just his second home run of the season. The Mags went 2-for-4 which is nice, but he continued his alarming season-long lack of power. This is a year where we’ve seen quite a few superstars drastically change their hair. There’s no doubt these guys were trying to turn their fortunes at the plate around with the cuts — a slump seriously messes with your head.

Jose Canseco Blackmailing Magglio?

Straight from the YHTBFKM Files comes this story. (hint: you have to be … kidding me). Actually I don’t know why this would come as a surprise when we’re talking about a dude who was so desperate for money he tried to sell himself off as the grand prize in a reality TV show. But yeah, this report really trumps most of the stories I’ve come across recently. From the NY Times:

Jose Canseco, the former major league slugger and admitted steroid user who exposed other players in his 2005 best-selling book “Juiced” offered to keep a Detroit Tigers outfielder clear in his next book if the player invested money in a film project Canseco was promoting, according to a person in baseball with knowledge of the situation.

A former ghostwriter on Vindicated, which is scheduled to be published at the start of the baseball season, said Canseco planned to name Ordonez. He was the most prominent, said Don Yaeger, a former Sports Illustrated associate editor who reviewed all of Canseco’s materials in December.

Now it is worth noting that Magglio says he never had heard from Canseco directly but he had been receiving messages from a friend of Canseco’s. Now the obvious question that must be on everyone’s mind at this point … Jose Canseco has friends??? I see Sir Steroid at the gym every so often, and the only friend he has is that toned blond doing chinups on his biceps. Seriously though, would you really put it past Jose to do this? I sure wouldn’t. One more thing — I thought Jose had goods on A-Rod. What happened to that? Wouldn’t A-Rod have been the most prominent name in the new books if that were the case? Guess not.