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Friday, January 31, 2014

Variety: Kurt Russell Open to Steroid Use in Baseball

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While promoting his new documentary “The Battered Bastards of Baseball” (pictured above), Kurt Russell dropped by the Variety Studio and gave an impassioned take on the use of steroids in modern baseball. Russell, who played minor league baseball and was the son of actor-turned-baseball owner Bing Russell, also the subject of “Battered Bastards,” believes Major League Baseball is no longer in the steroids era, adding that steroids still have their place in the game, and should not be completely discounted.

Repoz Posted: January 31, 2014 at 09:40 PM | 29 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: January 31, 2014 at 10:23 PM (#4649684)
563/588/938
   2. cardsfanboy Posted: January 31, 2014 at 10:33 PM (#4649687)
....steroids exist. They have a defined penalty....lets leave it at that. (mind you I'm not saying that MLB should be comfortable with the testing procedures as acceptable...they absolutely should negotiate for better testing....but ultimately testing, result is what we have for now...accept it.)
   3. Dale Sams Posted: January 31, 2014 at 11:26 PM (#4649702)
You'd have an easier time getting a pair of tennis shoes on a computer.
   4. Poster Nutbag Posted: January 31, 2014 at 11:52 PM (#4649711)
You'd have an easier time getting a pair of tennis shoes on a computer.


Great, now comes the part where BBTF goes Overboard.
   5. Random Transaction Generator Posted: February 01, 2014 at 02:20 AM (#4649722)
I'd rather talk about this sort of thing than Robinson Cano's Escape from New York to Seattle, leaving him almost 3000 Miles from Graceland with a salary that is Sky High.

That said, these steroid threads are pretty much Death Proof at this point. Still, you pretty much just Soldier on and hope for the Miracle end to these discussions. What else is there to talk about in the Winter, People? That baseball is still in the midst of The Best of Times in terms of attendance?
   6. Jason Michael(s) Bourn Identity Crisis Posted: February 01, 2014 at 02:54 AM (#4649723)
#1 - thinking that was a hyperlink (maybe it is), I clicked. My iPhone recognized it as a phone number - which, at nearly 3 a.m., would have left me with some 'splaining to do. Yeah, I don't know where it got the extra digit from either.
   7. Jim Wisinski Posted: February 01, 2014 at 10:30 AM (#4649765)
The comment numbers on each post (to the right of the timestamp) are easily recognized as phone numbers by smartphones.
   8. puck Posted: February 01, 2014 at 10:46 AM (#4649770)
#1 - thinking that was a hyperlink (maybe it is), I clicked. My iPhone recognized it as a phone number - which, at nearly 3 a.m., would have left me with some 'splaining to do. Yeah, I don't know where it got the extra digit from either.

Mine saw it as a phone number, too. Didn't add a digit either, it just tried to call a 9-digit number (which the carrier rejected).
   9. Rough Carrigan Posted: February 01, 2014 at 10:51 AM (#4649772)
An impassioned Russell in a bad plaid sportscoat looks to Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Barry Bonds, Gary Sheffield and Roger Clemens and near shouts a gutteral "This is our time!"
   10. base ball chick Posted: February 01, 2014 at 11:09 AM (#4649782)
it is really a shame that anabolic steroids can't be used for the MEDICAL purpose of helping to repair muscles and tendons and bone damage - meaning under a physician's supervision - because people are so hysterical about it

any other medical treatment - hey no probs, but this one???

sigh
   11. Publius Publicola Posted: February 01, 2014 at 11:10 AM (#4649784)
Russell conflates corticosteroids with anabolic steroids.

Another moron celebrity mouthing off about something he knows nothing about. Move along, nothing to see here.
   12. Publius Publicola Posted: February 01, 2014 at 11:13 AM (#4649786)
it is really a shame that anabolic steroids can't be used for the MEDICAL purpose of helping to repair muscles and tendons and bone damage - meaning under a physician's supervision - because people are so hysterical about it


What's really a shame is that you are unaware they can be used for those things, if a physician thinks they are necessary for proper medical care.
   13. base ball chick Posted: February 01, 2014 at 11:58 AM (#4649807)
kevin

i KNOW they can be used for that purpose, which is why i said that. the problem is that physicians taking care of BASEBALL PLAYERS are not doing that.
   14. Hal Chase School of Professionalism Posted: February 01, 2014 at 12:14 PM (#4649812)
An impassioned Russell in a bad plaid sportscoat


Nitpicking, but it was the pants that were plaid. The sportcoat was a mustard yellow.
   15. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: February 01, 2014 at 02:53 PM (#4649860)
#1 - thinking that was a hyperlink (maybe it is), I clicked. My iPhone recognized it as a phone number - which, at nearly 3 a.m., would have left me with some 'splaining to do. Yeah, I don't know where it got the extra digit from either.
It's Kurt Russell's BA/OBP/SLG in AA at age 22. Extremely small sample size, but hey.

I don't know why your phone would think that it was clickable, let alone a phone number.
   16. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: February 01, 2014 at 03:20 PM (#4649864)
Because it's a too-smart-for-its-own-good phone.
   17. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: February 01, 2014 at 03:33 PM (#4649868)
So how has Russell never been in a baseball movie?
   18. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 01, 2014 at 03:50 PM (#4649871)
Another moron celebrity mouthing off about something he knows nothing about.


So what you're saying is that he's stealing your bit?
   19. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: February 02, 2014 at 02:53 PM (#4650119)
So what you're saying is that he's stealing your bit?
Come on, now. There's no reason to think Russell is lying.
   20. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: February 02, 2014 at 03:22 PM (#4650128)
it is really a shame that anabolic steroids can't be used for the MEDICAL purpose of helping to repair muscles and tendons and bone damage - meaning under a physician's supervision - because people are so hysterical about it

It'd be hard to come to an agreement, and probably even harder to implement, but if steroid use were limited to players while they were on the DL, and could only be prescribed and administered by MLB-certified doctors with no affiliation to any team, you might be able to get your wish. At the same time, you'd also have to keep or increase the current penalties for unauthorized use.
   21. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: February 02, 2014 at 03:49 PM (#4650132)
There will never be TUEs for anabolic steroids in MLB or any other sport. Period. No way. Not ever. Never.

And as we all know, that has nothing whatsoever to do with any kind of risk/benefit calculus for regulated and supervised use.

As for increased penalties, why bother, except for the PR value? You want a real deterrent? Try developing a testing program that actually works. Start with more than token off-sesaon testing.
   22. greenback votes nefariously Posted: February 02, 2014 at 04:13 PM (#4650139)
TUEs

Therapeutic User Exemptions?
   23. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: February 02, 2014 at 04:25 PM (#4650148)
Close enough.
   24. puck Posted: February 02, 2014 at 04:44 PM (#4650155)
Actors must roid-up for the roles where they bulk up, right? Like Hugh Jackman as Wolverine or Chris Hemsworth as Thor.
   25. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: February 02, 2014 at 05:17 PM (#4650165)
Couldn't actors get their "performance enhancement" in post-production?
   26. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: February 02, 2014 at 05:44 PM (#4650170)
There will never be TUEs for anabolic steroids in MLB or any other sport. Period. No way. Not ever. Never.

This may be true, but only in the sense that sports aren't going to be outlawing steroids at the point in the not-too-distant future when every man over the age of 30 is taking supplemental testosterone, so there will be no need to exempt therapeutic use.
   27. TerpNats Posted: February 02, 2014 at 07:11 PM (#4650244)
Wasn't Kurt's squeeze, Goldie Hawn, at one time a noted proponent of HGH?
   28. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: February 02, 2014 at 07:52 PM (#4650305)
Dream on, Lance. You seriously think that MLB will ever, EVER, admit that something they just suspended a dozen guys for, and tried to run A-Rod out of the game for, is really OK after all?
   29. Walt Davis Posted: February 02, 2014 at 10:27 PM (#4650561)
Actors must roid-up for the roles where they bulk up, right?

They may be more partial to HGH which will help you look good whether it actually increases performance.

Now, what do Nipay Russell, Cazzie Russell and Jane Russell think?

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