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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Brennan: Steroid cheaters should never make All-Star Game

and break out the Silas Barnaby cucking stool while we’re at it!

Why is Oakland A’s pitcher Bartolo Colon, the synthetic testosterone user who was caught and suspended for 50 games last year, allowed to be in the All-Star Game this season, or any season? And why is the Tampa Bay Rays’ Matt Moore, who has the same record as Colon, on the outside looking in?

Because as much as MLB’s leaders try to clean up their game, the players’ union lags years behind, fighting harder for the cheaters than it does for the players the cheaters shove off All-Star teams and awards dinner stages, and out of record books.

Colon, and every other performance-enhancing drug user in baseball, should never be allowed to become an All-Star, or win any MLB award. No Cy Young, no MVP, no batting title, no nothing.

...Colon is 40 years old, yet he’s having his best season in eight years. Where have we heard that before? Even though last year’s illegal testosterone isn’t still in his system, it helped build the body that he is using today, all 5-11 and 267 pounds of it. As laughable as that sounds, a slight tweak or a little help here or there is exactly what cheaters are looking for at the top levels of sport.

...Why the players’ union doesn’t speak out for people like Moore is mystifying. It will fight harder for Colon and his alleged Biogenesis buddies—Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta, Everth Cabrera, Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, et. al.—than it ever will for the poor non-cheating players who continue to quietly accept their fate.

Why the union behaves this way, and the clean players allow it, is truly puzzling. The days of Marvin Miller and Don Fehr are long gone, yet on the issue of doping, the union still wants to fight the owners more than it wants to look out for the majority of its players. What a mistake this is. Why the players stand for it is astonishing. They fight tooth and nail for millions in their contracts, for signing bonuses and performance clauses—then stand idly by as performance-enhancing drug users take their titles and awards and honors.

Repoz Posted: July 10, 2013 at 11:15 PM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq., LLC Posted: July 10, 2013 at 11:46 PM (#4490650)
THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 11, 2013 at 12:15 AM (#4490672)
Even though last year’s illegal testosterone isn’t still in his system, it helped build the body that he is using today, all 5-11 and 267 pounds of it.

Testosterone is a diet pill?

   3. Esoteric Posted: July 11, 2013 at 12:35 AM (#4490683)
Why keep posting these articles, Repoz? Not sure what you're hoping to get out of it.
   4. philevans3154 Posted: July 11, 2013 at 12:59 AM (#4490690)
Never before has anything so horrible happened in baseball. Until the next thing!
   5. Cooper Nielson Posted: July 11, 2013 at 01:09 AM (#4490693)
Obligatory comments:

1. How do we know that Matt Moore (and others) aren't cheating?
2. What's so bad about a 40-year-old being as physically capable as he was when he was younger?
3. Bartolo Colon is super-fat and doesn't throw particularly hard. If PEDs are helping him, they're not helping him the way they are supposedly helping other players (according to the scientific, pharmacological expertise of sportswriters).
4. The players were given a vote in the All-Star Game, we should respect their choices. Clearly they don't feel guilty about selecting peers who are known/suspected PED users to be All-Stars. (If Colon was a Leyland pick, then that has nothing to do with the MLBPA.)
5. The purpose of labor unions is to protect workers' (players') interests from exploitative management. It is not to ensure that each member of the union is justly rewarded according to his ability and performance compared to other members. Ideally, unions view all their members as equals.
   6. philevans3154 Posted: July 11, 2013 at 01:14 AM (#4490694)
Colon was caught and served his suspension. Now, Christine Brennan wants to continue to persecute him. Why does she hate America?
   7. Bote Man Posted: July 11, 2013 at 01:48 AM (#4490710)
Justice will now be served in the press!! Get it while it lasts!!
   8. EddieA Posted: July 11, 2013 at 02:15 AM (#4490712)
What a hack the author is. Not even gonna read the excerpt.
The real question Bartolo Colon brings up is whether extra gut can be an advantage to a pitcher. Certainly doesn't help them field.
   9. Bote Man Posted: July 11, 2013 at 06:04 AM (#4490730)
Are you kiddin?! That's the very origin of the term "gutty performance".
   10. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 11, 2013 at 07:12 AM (#4490738)
People who care that deeply about steroids should stay home and polish their purity rings and let the rest of us get on with enjoying baseball.
   11. Jobu is silent on the changeup Posted: July 11, 2013 at 07:15 AM (#4490739)
You go, Christine! Why would that silly union be more concerned about crazy stuff like the legal rights of its members and the processes that were collectively bargained than it is about an exhibition baseball game?

Some people are so stupid it hurts to be near them. Christine Brennan is two of them.
   12. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: July 11, 2013 at 07:34 AM (#4490743)
Steroid users should never again be allowed to enjoy the music of Ludwig Van...
   13. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: July 11, 2013 at 08:23 AM (#4490754)
For 10 points, control of the board and a kick in the teeth: name all the pitchers who have won 20 games in a season at age 40 or later.
   14. AJMcCringleberry Posted: July 11, 2013 at 08:28 AM (#4490758)
name all the pitchers who have won 20 games in a season at age 40 or later.

Neikro, Moyer...was Mussina 40?
   15. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: July 11, 2013 at 08:31 AM (#4490759)
Niekro and Moyer, not Mussina.

Two guys done it twice.
   16. TomH Posted: July 11, 2013 at 08:34 AM (#4490760)
Spahn?
   17. bunyon Posted: July 11, 2013 at 08:38 AM (#4490763)
Ryan?
   18. AJMcCringleberry Posted: July 11, 2013 at 08:42 AM (#4490765)
Cy Young? Clemens?
   19. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: July 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM (#4490849)
They should have the part of the All Star Break where everybody's children plays on the field taken away!
   20. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM (#4490857)
The real question Bartolo Colon brings up is whether extra gut can be an advantage to a pitcher. Certainly doesn't help them field.

And think of the hitting background he provides.
   21. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: July 11, 2013 at 02:19 PM (#4491294)
Spahn twice (including 23 wins at age 42!) and Cy Young twice.

Still missing one.
   22. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 11, 2013 at 02:36 PM (#4491321)
Probably one of the old guys like GC Alexander or Jack Quinn. Unless it's that wily cuss Charlie Hough.
   23. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: July 11, 2013 at 03:22 PM (#4491382)
Niekro is the only 40-year-old to lose 20 games in a season. He went 21-20 in 1979. His 18 losses the next year is tied for second.
   24. TDF, trained monkey Posted: July 11, 2013 at 04:17 PM (#4491452)
Don't worry, Christine, our long national nightmare is over. Moore was named to the team.

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