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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Bill Madden: MLB needs stiffer PED penalties

The cesspool that is The Daily News…where you have 83-year-old-writers taking potshots and they don’t even know it!

If, in fact, the Levinsons never heard of Bosch before all this, then they are at least guilty of not doing a proper monitoring and counseling job with their clients. Indeed, in the past, the Levinsons took pride in vetting their clients, as well as being very selective in whom they would represent.

“If there was one thing about the Levinsons that set them apart from all the other agents, it was the overall high character quality of their clients,” said one general manager. “Go down the list — David Wright, Scotty Rolen, Todd Zeile, Cliff Floyd, Dustin Pedroia, Brandon Phillips, Raul Ibanez — one class act after another.Even with Milton Bradley, who wasn’t a bad guy, just crazy. They nurtured that kid, kept trying to place him in environments where he could cope the best. They’re the only agents I know who fired clients that embarrassed them.” (It was therefore commendable of Wright, in the wake of the Cabrera/Nunez fiasco last summer and the preponderance of Levinson clients now linked to Bosch, to tell the Daily News’ Andy Martino the other day: “I don’t care if you’re with the same agency or not. If you’re a cheater, I hope you get caught and punished.”)

But in recent years, the Levinsons got more and more involved in the cesspool of Dominican Republic baseball, where steroids are both legal and rampant, or as the same baseball official said: “You have 13-year-old-kids taking steroids and they don’t even know it.”

Even if it’s determined all these players turning up in Bosch’s records did nothing wrong — as was apparently the case with Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, who according to the records paid $1,000 for substances not banned by baseball and later passed a drug test — you have to ask the question, What were they doing there in the first place? Because for a guy nobody claims to know or have ever met, Bosch seems to have made a lot money off them.

Repoz Posted: February 24, 2013 at 07:11 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Ray (CTL) Posted: February 24, 2013 at 09:34 AM (#4375090)
Bill Madden and his friends falsely refer to him as a Hall of Famer.

Barry Bonds and Jeff Bagwell are not.
   2. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: February 24, 2013 at 10:57 AM (#4375126)
"Lethal injection - not only do the cheating bastards have it coming, but it would be poetic as well."
   3. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: February 24, 2013 at 11:11 AM (#4375136)
Given how few players get caught why are stiffer penalties important? It seems to me that the anti-PED zealots should be screaming for more frequent or stronger testing. If the testing is working and catching only 4-5 players a year then I don't think there is a widespread problem to worry about. If the problem is more widespread then harsher penalties won't change things.

I wonder if these folks favor jail time for parking tickets.
   4. bobm Posted: February 24, 2013 at 11:17 AM (#4375139)
[3] Given how few players get caught why are stiffer penalties controversial?
   5. Bob Tufts Posted: February 24, 2013 at 11:35 AM (#4375145)
"We gotta take these bastards. Now, we could fight 'em with conventional weapons. That could take years and cost millions of lives. Oh no. No, in this case, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part."
   6. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: February 24, 2013 at 11:43 AM (#4375149)
Castration. I think the reasoning is pretty self-evident.
   7. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 24, 2013 at 12:17 PM (#4375171)
Classic Madden at the end of the excerpt: "Even if they did nothing wrong, why did they do it?"

Doing something which in totally other circumstances could be wrong should be at least a 25-day suspension.
   8. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: February 24, 2013 at 12:44 PM (#4375200)
It's times like this when I miss Old Primer with Rafael Palmeiro checking in with about a dozen different variants on how he recommends MLB could get stiffer.
   9. beer on a stick Posted: February 24, 2013 at 12:52 PM (#4375207)
I wonder if these folks favor jail time for parking tickets.


For the cops who write them? Of course.
   10. beer on a stick Posted: February 24, 2013 at 12:52 PM (#4375208)
I wonder if these folks favor jail time for parking tickets.


For the cops who write them? Of course.
   11. Walt Davis Posted: February 24, 2013 at 03:08 PM (#4375260)
“You have 13-year-old-kids taking steroids and they don’t even know it.”

These monsters must be banned for life! Zero tolerance!

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