Category Archives: PED’s

A Date that will life in Baseball Infamy: The Biogenesis Suspenions Hit

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And ‘that’; as they say, is ‘that’. Isn’t that what was said when Tommy got whacked in Goodfellas?

Today we learned who got pinched in the PED Biogenesis case.

Those unexpected players, as reported by Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, are the Mets’ Jordany Valdespin, the Phillies’ Antonio Bastardo, and the Astros’ Sergio Escalona.

Fox Sports’s Ken Rosenthal reports that those three, as well as Texas’s Nelson Cruz, San Diego’s Everth Cabrera, and Detroit’s Jhonny Peralta will be accepting 50-game suspensions, the same as a failed test under the Joint Drug Agreement.

Additional players facing punishment include Seattle’s Jesus Montero, the Yankees’ Francisco Cervelli, and minor leaguers Cesar Puello (Mets), Fautino De Los Santos (free agent), Fernando Martinez (Yankees), and Jordan Norberto (free agent). All are expected to receive 50-game suspensions.

Bartolo Colon, Melky Cabrera, and Yasmani Grandal will not face further punishment, as they have already served 50-game suspensions for failing drug tests. Ryan Braun accepted a 65-game suspension last month. Cesar Carrillo, a minor leaguer whose name appeared in Biogenesis documents, was handed a 100-game suspension and was subsequently released by the Tigers.

Washington’s Gio Gonzalez and Baltimore’s Danny Valencia, despite being mentioned in early Biogenesis reports, have been cleared of wrongdoing by MLB’s investigation.

I’ll be the saddest to see Everth Cabrera go for my own selfish reasons. It’s too bad the thefty little son of a bitch couldn’t outrun this problem.

If baseball had a history textbook (Ken Burns’ documentary doesn’t quite count), this would be a very important historical chapter. At any minute now we could learn that Alex Rodriguez is done forever.

Ryan Braun Suspended for the Remainder of the 2013 Season

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Welcome to baseball’s biggest story of the day year. There’s nothing like a guy who feigns innocence for over a year only to “wish to apologize” to everyone now that he was offered some type of plea deal; which we assume was offered after MLB showed him that he was completely fucked with the evidence they had against him. That’s because cheats like Braun would only come clean if backed into an inoperable corner.

It’s not like we’ve always hated Braun, either. Back in 2007 and 2008 we thought he was one of the best young players in the game – just as he appeared to be. We sought out to collect all the Ryan Braun memorabilia we could get our hands on. We searched eBay for rookie cards, figures, signed balls, all that shit you look for when you really think a guy is ticketed for the Hall of Fame.

But now Ryan Braun’s name is forever dirtied in the hallows of history of this great sport. And in our mind since we first heard the whispers we knew he was a dirty, rotten scoundrel of a cheater.

But in the back of our mind; we always felt his career numbers were just a bit too perfect. If something in life looks like it doesn’t have a blemish, it’s usually a mirage. Braun’s numbers were definitely just that.

Good for baseball for taking care of the next closest thing to an Alex Rodriguez-like shadeball.

Don’t forget to check on liar/cheater Braun’s old quotes from after he was vindicated with a ‘clean’ test. What a fraud.

A few short thoughts about Biogenesis and MLB

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Anthony Bosch got the Selig angry face in the form of an inescapable lawsuit

Full disclosure:  I am not a Brewers fan, but have had Ryan Braun on my keeper fantasy team for five years.  I’ll try to not be biased.

News recently broke that MLB has struck a deal with former owner of Biogenesis, some sort of anti-aging, possible drug pen.  Anthony Bosch has agreed to give his full cooperation to MLB in tracking down players to whom he allegedly gave PEDs.  There is a laundry list of players potentially implicated:  Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Everth Cabrera, Jhonny Peralta, etc.  This is a serious list of players with a few very high profile guys.  Apparently MLB is going to try and hand down a few 100 game suspensions for two violations.  My thoughts:

  • Baseball players should not use PEDs, HGH, speed, Flintstone vitamins or whatever the MLB and player’s union agreed to in CBA.  They can lie as much as their conscience allows.
  • Baseball players should be punished if they do – I think the current punishments are just about right.
  • Baseball players should be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt – meaning a drug test or something else concrete…say a video of Player A slathering beef roid cream all over his inner thigh.
  • Anthony Bosch is a likely less than reputable guy who was sued by an organization with endless resources to pursue an extremely expensive case against him.
  • He (wisely for his own sake) decided that he couldn’t reasonably defend himself even though the lawsuit was not likely to be won by the MLB.  The price of this was doing what the MLB asked of him.  When you push someone into a corner, they might come out swinging or they might capitulate to any demand.  I suspect the latter here.
  • The MLB players union is the most powerful union in major sports and has much more clout over the league than any other sport does.  Yes, they agreed for all these drug policies and it is good for the game.  But they will fight like hell for almost every single individual case.  High paid lawyers will be brought in and will defend these players well.
  • The MLB is not going to have concrete evidence in the end.  They have some balance sheets scribbled on paper with code names and the word of a desperate man they leveraged with their lawsuit.  I’ve seen more evidence on Crossing Jordan.
  • The MLB is going way too far to try and prove these guys have done something.  Drug test players.  That’s it.  Piss test.  Blood test.  Hair test.  Take a swab of ass sweat if you think it will help.  If they test positive suspend them.  If they don’t, don’t go digging.  If you think your drug test courier fucked up, keep testing anyway.

I don’t want cheating in baseball.  It hurts the game.  I also don’t want witch hunts either.  Test, pass, good.  Test, fail, bad.  What if Braun did buy drugs?  Did he take them?  MLB won’t ever know without a drug test.  Braun may well have taken PEDs but you can’t start suspending players because of leveraged testimony and some scribbled notes.  It’s not good business, it’s a proud guy trying to prove it wasn’t his fault that many of baseball’s hallowed records were broken while players injected gallons of horse testosterone into their asses on his watch.

Some Guy on Twitter says Cano, Granderson, Braun will receive PED Suspensions

Hell, I don’t know. I’ll go on record as saying I think Cano and especially Braun are probably users. Granderson I would be a little more surprised by.

I’m just glad that I don’t own any of these guys in my “big money” fantasy baseball leagues. Not a single one of them. So if this all comes to fruition I can watch the wreckage and laugh at it.

Take it with a grain of salt, and in the meantime follow this random Joe to watch him fend off attackers (@joebisceglie).

Ruh Roh Ryan

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It would appear that Ryan Braun knew Anthony Bosch (Biogenisis Lab Guy) a little bit better than he led on:

The list was written in April, in the hand of Biogenesis of America clinic founder Anthony Bosch. Among the names is the Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun, and to the right of that name is a figure: $1,500.

That list, a source familiar with Bosch’s operation told “Outside the Lines,” indicates that those players received performance-enhancing drugs from Bosch, and owed him money. The document, one of dozens obtained by “Outside the Lines,” suggests a closer link to Bosch and the now-shuttered clinic he ran in Coral Gables, Fla., than Braun has acknowledged.

I used to think Ryan Braun was pretty nifty. At this point, he’s moving into A-Rod territory pretty quickly. I want this guy to go down and go down hard.

And if he’s innocent, I’ll worry about apologies later. $1500 is a lot of coin to pay for advice, though.

Image h/t: ESPN OTL

Edinson Volquez tests positive for PED's, will serve 50 game suspension

Wouldn’t you know it would be one of us?

Edinson Volquez was found to be using PED’s and will serve a 50-game suspension; much or all of which will be completed while he is on the 60-day disabled list recovering from Tommy John surgery.

You’ve heard all the facts by now, as the news broke while we were at our day job. We’ll give our thoughts on it.

I didn’t like that the Reds were in a hurry to trade Josh Hamilton back when they did it. They obviously didn’t do their homework on Volquez; who has displayed a little bit of questionable character issues. Some would counter that Hamilton has them as well. I disagree. Hamilton is an addict, not a cheater. That’s not even to say we’re against cheating. But another slip up and this guy is in big trouble.

We like Edinson. The 2008 season was a thing of beauty. He was maybe our last legit All-Star player. But those days are long gone.

If you follow us on twitter, you heard our take after it happened. After Tommy John surgery; and now a PED suspension (whether it affects the Reds on the field or not); you really don’t know what you have in this guy. It all adds up to baggage and uncertainty.

And it reiterates the point I’ve been saying all along. I hear people talking about our five young starters. They mention Bailey, Chapman, Cueto, Leake, and Volquez. You can no longer count Volquez in that group. He’ll certainly get another chance, but the bird we had in the hand at one point is now gone.

Volquez says it was a fertility drug he got in the Dominican to help him start a family. Sounds familiar. Who knows and who cares. The fact is our guy got pinched and when he returns he’ll be in the abyss a little bit more then he would have been before trying to find his way through it.

A Big Name Pitcher, PED's, and a 50-game suspension

It’s 4:20 but there’s speculation about a different type of drug use going around, and it’s a National League Pitcher who is the culprit.
I could not confirm the player’s identity, but my source tells me that it’s a “semi-big” name, though not a “huge” name. I imagine that, once the name is revealed, we’ll have more fun arguing about what being a “semi-big” player truly means than we will wondering why he was not a bigger name despite taking PEDs
Will Carroll tweeted that a suspension for the infraction is upcoming and will be of the 50-game variety. So it’s going to be a lengthy one.
Supposively it’s not a New York player.
The names we’ve heard thrown around: Arroyo, Harang (yea right, they said performance enhancing), Zambrano, Brad Penny, Chris Young (Padres, on the DL).
Our hunch is that it’s Chris Young of San Diego. Just a prediction. We’ll do a full post when something shakes out.