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Friday, March 03, 2017

Heyman: Verlander says ‘test me every day’

Justin Verlander, who’s probably the most ardent hardliner for the strongest drug testing possible, said, “Test me every day.” And he’s not kidding. He’d like to see every player tested upon entrance to the clubhouse each day.

MLB has beefed up its testing considerably, but an everyday test would be unprecedented. It’s also probably unlikely, but Verlander sees it as the best kind of deterrent against illegal drug taking.

“I’m passionate about it,” Verlander said in an interview with FanRag Sports. “ This is a great game. I love the challenge of it. But you like to know it’s fair.”

Verlander believes the failures seen each year are proof it isn’t out of the game, and he is offended when he sees MLB promote someone who’s tested positive (he didn’t want to single anyone out, but it does happen.)

“The proof’s in the pudding,” he said. “Guys are still getting popped.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 03, 2017 at 09:06 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: justin verlander, peds

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sammy Sosa compares himself to Jesus Christ, denies PED use

Former Chicago Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa emerged this week for an interview with former Cubs media relations employee Chuck Wasserstrom, who now writes a personal blog. In the interview, Sosa revealed one of the most head-scratching comparisons in the history of metaphors, equating himself to Jesus Christ.

“It’s like Jesus Christ when he came to Jerusalem,” he told chuckbloggerstrom.com. “Everybody thought Jesus Christ was a witch (laughing) — and he was our savior. So if they talk (bleep) about Jesus Christ, what about me? Are you kidding me?”

Sosa apparently agreed to an interview with Wasserstrom because he “trusts” the author. At least that’s what was written in the blog post. Sosa denied ever taking PEDs and claimed he didn’t care about being omitted for the Hall of Fame.

“First of all, I’m clean,” he said. “They don’t have a case on me. I never failed a drug test. Never in my life. But you know what – this is not my field anymore. I’d rather not be in the Hall of Fame and have a lot of money in my pocket than to be in the Hall of Fame and try to find money to pay my bills.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 21, 2017 at 02:32 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: peds, sammy sosa

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

The Selig Years

Allan “Bud” Selig, HOF class of 2017. His impact on the game was monumental; his legacy is mixed. Did he ultimately leave the game better than he found it? Part One of a detailed post-mortem of the Selig era.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Jesus Montero suspended 50 games for use of a stimulant

Shoulda stuck to ice cream sandwiches.

Remember Jesus Montero? The former Yankees and Mariners prospect? Well, he was picked up by the Blue Jays back in March after the Mariners waived him and played 126 games for Triple-A Buffalo this year. That went alright, I suppose, with Montero hitting .317/.349/.438 with 11 homers. He played a bit of first base too, trying to break the mold he’s been stuck in as a 26-year-old DH.

If this season was a platform for him to make one last push to the bigs, the platform was just pulled out from under him: he has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for dimethylbutylamine (DMBA), a stimulant in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 29, 2016 at 05:07 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: jesus montero, mariners, peds

 

 

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