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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

SI: Steroid Era, A-Rod won’t go away but give MLB a break here

Major League Baseball has suffered its share of indignities because of the Steroid Era: reacting slowly to a growing problem, issuing the heavily criticized Mitchell Report (which was maligned for being incomplete and seemingly ineffectual) and watching as cherished milestones were reached and records set by players later linked to PEDs. Just three weeks ago, a Hall of Fame ballot brimming with statistically deserving players failed to produce a single inductee.
But perhaps it’s time that thinking changed somewhat. In this case Major League Baseball—through its Department of Investigations, which was created on the recommendation of the Mitchell Report—was already aware of the clinic in the Miami area. Soon after the Miami New Times report was published, the league released a statement that began as follows:

“We are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances. These developments, however, provide evidence of the comprehensive nature of our anti-drug efforts. Through our Department of Investigations, we have been actively involved in the issues in South Florida.”

We don’t have to take just MLB’s word for it. The New York Daily News, citing a law-enforcement source, reported on Saturday that a league investigation into Anthony Bosch was already underway. The league’s investigation is continuing, and the players named by the Miami New Times will likely be interviewed about the allegations. The league’s capacity to conduct such an investigation comes from a recommendation of the Mitchell Report, which wrote that “the Commissioner should establish a Department of Investigations.”

Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: January 30, 2013 at 09:39 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Esoteric Posted: January 30, 2013 at 12:46 PM (#4358274)
Oh BourbounSamurai...one day the blockquoting function in the Article Submission page will return to being transparent. One day...
   2. Mike Emeigh Posted: January 30, 2013 at 01:32 PM (#4358323)
Fixed the intro.

-- MWE
   3. Zach Posted: January 30, 2013 at 03:51 PM (#4358472)
On the other hand, the supplier's pattern seemed to be prescribing injectable Winstrol, which is detectable in the bloodstream for months after usage. If MLB is doing everything right, why didn't they catch these guys?
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 30, 2013 at 04:08 PM (#4358490)
On the other hand, the supplier's pattern seemed to be prescribing injectable Winstrol, which is detectable in the bloodstream for months after usage. If MLB is doing everything right, why didn't they catch these guys?

Maybe these guys didn't use? Or they used a masking agent that MLB hasn't caught on to -- but the reports about the notebook don't seem to mention such products.
   5. Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: January 30, 2013 at 04:22 PM (#4358508)
Oh BourbounSamurai...one day the blockquoting function in the Article Submission page will return to being transparent. One day


Yeah, I am terrible at this. I make no apologies! The people must not be denied my literary clippings!
   6. Walt Davis Posted: January 30, 2013 at 09:26 PM (#4358705)
If MLB is doing everything right, why didn't they catch these guys?

a) they caught Manny and Cabrera, both with ties to these guys.

b) double-check me but I don't think the ARod and Gio listings included winstrol. There was a cream and the insulin thing and the guy was cooking up various concoctions. I'm not certain this stuff was run-of-the-mill.

c) perhaps it took them a while but the TDF has much stricter testing protocols than MLB and they couldn't catch Armstrong.

To the extent I disagree with the article it's with the notion that MLB (i.e. the corporate entity, the owners) ever came close to suffering its share of indignities. McGwire, Palmeiro, Bonds and Clemens have suffered much more opprobrium than MLB ever did. Sure, Bud's congressional testimony was laughed at in real time but it didn't receive the coverage then nor had the staying power of McGwire's not talking about the past, Palmeiro wagging his finger and Sosa testifying in Spanish (a story which came into existence at a later point because his entire testimony was in English ... in real time the meme was to make fun of Sosa's broken English).

MLB won the PR war and the public blames the players entirely and rarely/never seems to consider the owners' role. An article like this is similar sort of PR -- hey, MLB is doing all it can, it's those dirty players you need to be mad at. Where's the article noting that the MLBPA has done plenty and maybe it's time to give them a break too?
   7. Bruce Markusen Posted: January 30, 2013 at 09:47 PM (#4358715)
Walt, you can certainly argue that the owners and management in general were complicit in the late 1990s and the early 2000s, but that is no longer the case. There isn't an owner in the game today who wants his players associated with steroids, PEDs, testosterone, whatever, given the penalties and the bad public relations. This is on the players now, not the Players Assocation, but the individual players who continue to make the decisions to remain involved with this stuff.

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