Arroyo: I May Be On Steroid List

From ESPN: Bronson Arroyo, a former Boston Red Sox teammate of Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, said he would not be surprised to find his name on a list of 104 ballplayers who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, after he had heard a then-legal supplement he was using was tainted with steroids, the Boston Herald reported. “Before 2004, none of us paid any attention to anything we took,” he said, according to the Herald. “Now they don’t want us to take anything unless it’s approved. But back then, who knows what was in stuff? The FDA wasn’t regulating Continue reading Arroyo: I May Be On Steroid List

Do We Overvalue Prospects? (RAB Guest Post)

I worte a guest post for RAB yesterday on a topic I covered in this space earlier in the week. I figured I would toss it up here for discussion. We live in a town where the most popular sports talk radio host in the area knows Jesus Montero as “that catchuh in AA that everyone likes so much.” The fact that people who do not know anything about the #3 prospect in all of baseball are the ones informing the masses leads many local fans to view prospects in a dismissive light. You will hear trade proposals from fans Continue reading Do We Overvalue Prospects? (RAB Guest Post)

Minors Recap, 7/30

Scranton falls to Durham, 6-2 (7 innings, game 1 of doubleheader) Ivan Nova pitched a complete (7 inning) game and took the loss, giving up 6 runs (5 earned) on 6 hits and 3 walks, and struck out 2. Kevin Russo was 2 for 3 with a steal. Ramiro Pena, Austin Jackson, and Shelley Duncan were each 0 for 2. Juan Miranda was 1 for 3 with a 2-run shot, his 15th. Yurrell de Caster was 1 for 3. Scranton defeats Durham, 8-2 (7 innings, game 2) Romulo Sanchez started, giving up a run on 5 hits and 2 walks Continue reading Minors Recap, 7/30

Hal strikes again?

The Yankees contacted the Royals about Brian Bannister—who has taken steps in the right direction this year—however, according to Jayson Stark and Buster Olney (ESPN), the talks didn’t progress because the Yankees asked the Royals to pay the remaining $650,000 that’s left on Bannister’s contract. Strange development, huh? The Royals were probably insulted by that offer. This is how the Yankees may operate from now on, though, especially with Hal Steinbrenner behind the wheel.

Frugality versus necessity

From Joel Sherman (NY Post): The Yanks are among the teams that have checked in on Washburn. However, as of this afternoon the two sides still had not discussed names. In addition, Hal Steinbrenner has ruled that the team cannot take on significant money the rest of the season. That is a huge reason why the Yanks are not players on Roy Halladay. Washburn has about $3.7 million owed to him the remainder of the season, which could be a hurdle for the Yanks. $3.7 million a hurdle for the Yankees? The Yankees can’t absorb that? Is this legit or Continue reading Frugality versus necessity

PED auto-response templates

Thanks to Brad for these auto-generating PED response templates. There needs to be two templates created for what is always written whenever one of these PED stories comes out, one for the media and one for fans.

For the media might look a little like this:

According to [news source], [player name] tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in [year]. Long known as a [reputation clich”], [player name] is said to have tested positive for [PED of choice] the same year his team [insert win-loss record or playoff accomplishments].

For fans, it may look a little like this:

Now that the news is out about [player], I’m not surprised. What I’m wondering is whether this revelation invalidates [insert player or team accomplishment]. Likewise, what does this say about [choose as many as you want: the Mitchell Report, Rick Helling’s union activities to encourage stringent testing, Frank Thomas’ public anti-PED stance, Jose Canseco’s book–and propensity to be the smoking gun, a former GM who let the player go and/or some lone published voice who said something worthwhile]? Should there be an asterisk on [insert player and/or team accomplishment]? I’m just sick of the media moralizing on this topic and wish the entire list of 104 players would be published instead of this dripping-faucet style of reporting. On the bright side, [insert inconsequential silver lining that will be lost amidst the furor].

We just need to have a Mad-Libs version….

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For conspiracy theorists only: When did the Sox know about Papi, Manny?

Back a few weeks ago, esteemed baseball writer and RedSox advisor Bill James published a very interesting article (subscription required)”about PEDs.” The article (sent to me by loyal reader B.Jones) basically postulated that “If we look into the future, then, we can reliably foresee a time in which everybody is going to be using steroids or their pharmaceutical descendants“. In other words, maybe steroids aren’t that bad after all.

Two weeks later, Manny and Papi are outted from the original 104.

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Wish I was happier about this: Big Papi on The List

There’s a part of me that should really be happy that another player from the RedSox has been outted, but really, it’s just another gut-punch to baseball. Sure, there might be some of you (myself included), that might jump up and say: “See, THAT explains it all!” Except it doesn’t. Every team was dirty. Some more than others. But to think assume that your favorite player(s) are clean is just folly.

Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, the sluggers who propelled the Boston Red Sox to end an 86-year World Series championship drought and to capture another title three years later, were among the roughly 100 Major League Baseball players to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, according to lawyers with knowledge of the results.

I would like to have the rest of the list released, if for no other reason than we wouldn’t have to do this every few months. Enough already. Back at the old place, I ran a poll and 60% of you wanted the names released.

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What To Do With Joba

From John Harper: Except all indications are that he will be back in the bullpen by then, as he has now accumulated 110 innings, which might leave him only a handful of starts before the Yankees put the brakes on him. And with Chien-Ming Wang officially out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery yesterday, and Phil Hughes locked in as the eighth-inning setup man, the Yankees have few options to replace Chamberlain. Harper goes on to suggest that Joba has a maximum of 50 innings left, and that the Yankees therefore need Roy Halladay to round out the playoff Continue reading What To Do With Joba