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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tim McClelland: Steroids part of era

No mea kulpa from this umpire…

Tim McClelland is a fan of baseball, in addition to being a Major League Baseball umpire, and he’s tired of the constant steroid talk.

“I’d like to see people kind of get over it,” McClelland said. “It was part of that era. In 2004, baseball instituted the ban on steroids. The previous 15 years, you just have to realize there were a lot of people taking steroids.”

...It was the first time weight training was introduced to the sport, and yes, many players took shortcuts to build those muscles.

“They used it to make themselves better,” McClelland said. “I can’t fault a player for doing that. It was not against the rules of baseball, so I can’t fault a player for trying to make himself better.”

The MLB banned performance enhancers in 2004. In spite of efforts to clean up the game, not every substance shows up in a test.

“I had a catcher tell me, ‘Us peons have to get off steroids; we can’t afford them,’” McClelland said. “He said the guys that make the big money, because they put up the big numbers, can get the synthetic steroids, and they can stay on them, and that’s not fair.

“What he was telling me is that there were a lot of guys on steroids.”

Repoz Posted: February 18, 2009 at 07:19 PM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Original SJ Posted: February 18, 2009 at 07:45 PM (#3080414)
“I’d like to see people kind of get over it,” McClelland said. “It was part of that era. In 2004, baseball instituted the ban on steroids. The previous 15 years, you just have to realize there were a lot of people taking steroids.”

...It was the first time weight training was introduced to the sport, and yes, many players took shortcuts to build those muscles.

“They used it to make themselves better,” McClelland said. “I can’t fault a player for doing that. It was not against the rules of baseball, so I can’t fault a player for trying to make himself better.”


Its sort of like they interviewed me, speaking through the body of McClelland.
   2. The Essex Snead Posted: February 18, 2009 at 07:46 PM (#3080415)
“I’d like to see people kind of get over it,” McClelland said. “It was part of that era. In 2004, baseball instituted the ban on steroids. The previous 15 years, you just have to realize there were a lot of people taking steroids.”

This should be on every sports ticker on every channel during every game this season.
   3. Enrico Pallazzo Posted: February 18, 2009 at 07:54 PM (#3080426)
attabe, Timmy.
   4. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: February 18, 2009 at 08:03 PM (#3080435)
Wow. My opinion of McClelland just shot up dramatically. Good on him.
   5. Ray (RDP) Posted: February 18, 2009 at 08:18 PM (#3080457)
Haven't RTFA but it seems like the rare sensible view of the era.

This retroactive-outrage act people are displaying has gotten old.
   6. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: February 18, 2009 at 08:28 PM (#3080465)
No mea kulpa from this umpire…
Ooh, I like that one. I also would have liked "This McClelland reports 'All Quiet Along the Poto-Big Mac.'"
   7. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: February 18, 2009 at 08:30 PM (#3080466)
He has my permission to delay his strike call even further.
   8. Joe Bivens Will Take a Steaming Dump Posted: February 18, 2009 at 09:42 PM (#3080548)
Fine, so let's all agree that this is the sensible take, and all the players who denied using can let go of that silliness. Beautiful.
   9. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: February 18, 2009 at 09:54 PM (#3080565)
Shorter McClelland: If you didn't take steroids before 2004, you're a chump.
   10. bads85 Posted: February 18, 2009 at 09:54 PM (#3080567)
He said the guys that make the big money, because they put up the big numbers, can get the synthetic steroids, and they can stay on them, and that’s not fair.


Again, the caste system rears its ugly head. How can the hard working folk keep up with the rich fat cats?
   11. Jay Z Posted: February 18, 2009 at 10:27 PM (#3080600)
Get over it. Yeah, that helps. Government redistributes from the poor to the rich? Get over it. Nazis killed your family? Get over it. Thanks, McClelland.
   12. Dudefella Posted: February 18, 2009 at 10:32 PM (#3080603)
#11 - Are you really equating steroid use among professional baseball players to the Holocaust? I'm tempted to believe that your post was really a canny attempt to derail this thread before it spirals out of control into pro- and anti-steroid arguments by preemptive invocation of Godwin's Law.
   13. Foghorn Leghorn Posted: February 18, 2009 at 10:40 PM (#3080616)
This is the second set of comments like this. ARod may have been the guy that makes people say "wait a minue...".
   14. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: February 18, 2009 at 11:35 PM (#3080654)
Tim McClelland: Steroids part of era
You idiot, ERA is (ER/IP)*9. Steroids are not part of that.
   15. AJMcCringleberry Posted: February 18, 2009 at 11:39 PM (#3080657)
Guys making the league minimum can't afford steroids? How much are they?
   16. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: February 18, 2009 at 11:45 PM (#3080661)
Guys making the league minimum can't afford steroids? How much are they?
I think he's saying they can't afford the designer steroids that won't show up on the tests, which are probably extremely expensive.
   17. Justin Turner Overdrive Posted: February 18, 2009 at 11:50 PM (#3080669)
While I agree with him here...
I still say, fck Tim McClelland!

(And the God Complex he rode in on.)
   18. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: February 18, 2009 at 11:54 PM (#3080672)
I doubt that anybody paid even the major league minimum can't afford the so-called "designer" steroids. Whatever high cost there is is in development, not manufacture. Maybe minor-leaguers can't afford them, but all major leaguers can.
   19. ValueArb Posted: February 19, 2009 at 02:30 AM (#3080790)
Shorter McClelland: If you didn't take steroids before 2004, you were a quitter.


Get over it. Yeah, that helps. Government redistributes from the poor to the rich? Get over it. Nazis killed your family? Get over it. Thanks, McClelland.


Ha ha ha! The world has been destroyed, destroyed by steriods!!!!! Oh, those precious records Babe Ruth labored so mightily to create, before juicers, speed freaks, brown and black folk were unfairly allowed in to steal them!!!!! Oh what happened to our pure white sport?

Jesus, people like this make me cry from laughing so hard. They actually prefer dry numbers to the actual game. Because the game dares have warts and bumps and impurities, they secretely despise it despite their public professions of love...

Ha, hah, hah! Genies out of the bottle, never to return! God I love it so...
   20. Srul Itza At Home Posted: February 19, 2009 at 06:39 AM (#3080968)
Because the game dares have warts and bumps and impurities, they secretely despise it despite their public professions of love

They love an imaginary game that never existed. They pump themselves up by listening to James Earl Jones recite the baseball soliloquy from Field of Dreams.

The real game of baseball, which has always been peopled by cheats, drunks, rogues, philanderers, reprobates and assorted villains, thieves and scoundrels, has always been much more interesting.
   21. Tripon Posted: February 19, 2009 at 06:51 AM (#3080973)
Were the umps on steroids?
   22. Justin Turner Overdrive Posted: February 19, 2009 at 07:18 AM (#3080980)
They pump themselves up by listening to James Earl Jones recite the baseball soliloquy from Field of Dreams.


I once heard James Earl Jones recite (not sing) the words from the National Anthem before a Braves/Mets game at Shea.

It was
...strange.
   23. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 20, 2009 at 02:50 PM (#3081914)
"This... is HGH."

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