Yuniesky Betancourt has hit 2 grand slams this season (6 in his career), Pete Rose hit 1 grand slam in his entire 24 year career among his record 4,256 hits
(Photo: Ted Warren / AP)
(Photo: Ted Warren / AP)
I asked it a month ago and I’ll ask it again; how broken is the drug testing policy of MLB?
Bud Selig, the players union, and all of MLB seems to be very publicly certain that the PED testing program is working. Last season’s aborted Ryan Braun suspension seemed like the first chink in the impenetrable armor of the collectively bargained PED testing program. Despite the belief that his appeal was successful on a mere technicality, MLB and the union took steps to make sure that any holes that may have been present have been plugged. The program was thought to be even stronger.
In the 2012-13 offseason a word few had heard before would captivate fans of baseball again; Biogenesis. There was a list of 20 or so players that were linked to the Florida clinic that was run by Tony Bosch. Some on the list had already been suspended by MLB for drug offenses, some (Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez) had been linked to PEDs, and some had no previous PED suspicions or ties. This last group is the most curious of all; they are all of an age that they have been tested since they entered the minor leagues. In regards to the effectiveness of the PED testing program, this raises some potentially disturbing questions.
Were they on sophisticated, long-term regimens or did they use a few times for specific reasons, such as injury recovery? How were these players able to avoid detection? If these players are users of PEDs and were able to proceed undetected, how many more are out there that went to a clinic other than Biogenesis? At the very least this has to call into serious question the effectiveness of the drug testing program in MLB.
It is absolutely debatable if Pete Rose deserves banishment from baseball, but in no way does another player’s (of many players’) PED use have anything to do with him or what he did. It is like saying a thief isn’t a bad guy because there are murderers around.
Yeah and Pete Rose is the bad guy. This is a joke.— Tommy Toledo (@TommyToledo13) August 5, 2013
Personally, I think what Rose did was much worse and could have possibly had a much larger direct impact on individual games than any player ingesting artificial testosterone. He also went on denying what he did MUCH longer than any current player has denied his wrongdoing. That is my opinion and others are entitled to their own, but for anyone to act like it is a cut and dry, this-is-worse-than-this issue is absurd.
Monday, July 8th
I don’t know why, but I love seeing Joey Votto get all pissy. I don’t know much about his personality and have never really heard anything bad about his attitude, but his face when he is whining about a call or after getting robbed of a hit (like a lead taking home run with 2 outs in the 9th inning) just screams douchebag to me. The guy is a great hitter, but he looks like a dickhead.
Tuesday, July 9th
The Wily Peralta/Mama Peralta story is a nice one. There have been a few times this season that Peralta has really shown that he has the stuff to be a top of the rotation starter. Unfortunately inconsistency has been an issue. He is only a rookie, so he has plenty of time to work out the kinks and be a piece to build around in the years to come.
Another frustrating loss to a below average team. However, it is tough to be too upset, because the Mets actually have a better record than the Brewers right now.
The Brewers are right back in action tomorrow with a three game series against the Reds. Kyle Lohse takes the hill against Homer Bailey, coming off of his most recent no-hitter. Tom Haudricourt has an interesting blurb about Homer Bailey/Mark Rogers in his column (the one with the Biogenesis stuff, I’ll post it). The Brewers were debating whether to draft Homer Bailey or Mark Rogers way back in 2004. The rest is history.
One of my best friends is an asshole. You know, the type of person that will get on Facebook or Twitter and post an “I told you so” after the local team loses or something bad happens. He was the first one on Facebook when the Brewers were knocked out of the NLCS in 2011 talking about how he knew their pitching wasn’t good enough to make the World Series and laughing at all the “bandwagon” fans. And he was pulling for them! He isn’t necessarily a fan of any team in MLB, but he does love the sport. The NFL is a different story, he is a Cowboys fan and his tendencies to talk shit even though his team sucks is the reason we are not friends on Facebook. Anyway, we were watching my stepson’s baseball game and he mentioned how he can’t wait until Ryan Braun is suspended so he can rub it in everyone’s face that thought he was clean the first time. He doesn’t really delve deep into any news story, however, so he really has no idea that the “new” report was pretty much the same as the report from January or February.
Ryan Braun’s name isn’t going to be going away from these stories for three reasons. First, MLB really want to nail him to the wall. For some reason, his successful appeal was viewed by many in the media and
Wily Peralta lets one fly.
Carlos Gomez slides home on a sac fly.
This one is a bit of a bummer for a few reasons. First, Wily Peralta gave them a solid start. Second, the Marlins are a team the Brewers should beat (one of the few). And finally, they had clawed their way to a lead after being down 3-0. Henderson has been nearly flawless all season, so it stands to reason that he was due for a mistake that the opposition could capitalize on. Boy did they. The offense somehow managed to claw out 4 runs from their 5 hits, and that just wasn’t quite enough.
The final game of the series is tomorrow night with Alfredo Figaro taking on Kevin Slowey.
This whole thing is just really so stupid, I really don’t even want to talk about it. If MLB has legitimate means to suspend Braun for violating the rules, then have at it. Yet, what’s going on just looks more and more farcical as more info comes out. They seem to be willing to go to any end, sink to any level of shadiness to get these guys, and to what end? By doing it they’re turning it into a news story, and the sports press is more than happy to latch on to it over the coming low news months. They’re damaging their own product all in the name of cleaning up the sport, when the public has never seemed nearly as concerned about steroids as the media or Congress. People didn’t boo Barry Bonds because he was on steroids for the most part. They booed Barry Bonds because he was on someone else’s team hitting home runs and taking steroids. It’s just all so pointless.
- Ryan Topp - Disciples of Uecker
This sums up the way I feel about the Biogenesis “scandal” and the steroid/PED debate in general. Fans aren’t mad that players use steroids, they are mad that players on other teams use steroids and do well against their favorite team.
The mainstream seems to have finally picked up on the “news” that this group of players are going to be suspended. This was reported months ago, before the season started, by a blogger and it is just now hitting ESPN, CBS Sportsline, etc. This particular story has been reported by Outside the Lines, the same group of numskulls that “broke” the leaked story about Ryan Braun prior to the 2012 season. The story itself is just the same things that have been coming out about the Biogenesis lab in Florida and its head drug-peddler, Tony Bosch.
It is said that the league is seeking 100 game bans for up to 20 players, including the Brewers’ Ryan Braun. They are justifying the 100 games because they are calling it two offenses in one. First, the receipt of PEDs from the lab and second, lying about it. If that is truly the case than it would stand to reason that certain players on the list of 20, namely Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, and Yasmani Grandal would then face lifetime bans. Each has already been suspended once and the Biogenesis/Bosch investigation would be their 2nd and 3rd offense.
I guess the moral of my story is that I’m not entirely convinced anything is going to happen to any of the players named in the report. The article even said that MLB may suspend those players “within the next few weeks”. Why so long? Are they in the appeal process? If they are or haven’t gotten that far, why are we hearing about any of this? In the end you know the player’s union is definitely going to have their say in the matter. Finally, does anyone really care about PEDs in baseball? I know there are plenty of people that love to spout on and on about how they hate cheaters and this, that, and the other thing, but in the end does anyone really give a shit beyond the opportunity to boo a guy and talk shit to that player’s fans?
I’ve been a baseball fan for longer than most on tumblr have been alive and I can honestly say I couldn’t care less about steroids or other PEDs in baseball. I never have and I probably never will. In the end it doesn’t really matter, because the great players are great with or without any enhancers and we don’t know who has been on what and when.