HGH: A Q&A session

The New York Times recently published an article announcing a new anti-doping test for HGH. This gives us an opportunity to write a Q&A post, so that you’ll all be experts on HGH doping and HGH testing.

I’m half-serious, by the way. The quality of reporting on doping issues is so terrible, you can read this Q&A and you’ll know more about doping than 95% of the journalists who make a living writing about doping. (There are exceptions. I love you, Bonnie Ford!)

Q: What is HGH?

A: HGH is “human growth hormone”, a substance secreted by the pituitary gland that promotes growth in children and adolescents. HGH works by stimulating the body’s production of “insulin-like growth factor I” (IGF-1), and IGF-1 triggers the growth of bones and body tissues. This is well-known, basic, Wikipedia stuff.

Q: Why would an adult athlete want to take HGH?

A: Depending on who you believe, HGH may make adults bigger and stronger.

Q: You mean, HGH works like steroids?

A: Well, it’s not exactly clear. Some sources report that HGH works like anabolic steroids and testosterone to help build muscle. However, there’s no proof that HGH actually increases athletic performance.

Q: That doesn’t make sense. HGH MUST enhance athletic performance if it helps make you bigger.

A: That’s the strange thing. The studies seem to indicate that HGH might promote muscle gain, but HGH doesn’t seem to make you any stronger.

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The "As He Goes, The Team Goes" Fallacy

Steve Lombardi was one of a handful of bloggers who answered questions from the NY Times Bats Blog about the upcoming season, and the following statement caught my eye: Considering the ultimate price tag ($8 million for one year), it may have been the prudent move to bring Damon back for a year. But, then again, there was that “budget” concern which we heard so often. It may just be conventional wisdom on my part, but it seemed like Damon was in the middle of things happening last season more times than not. For the record, his OPS in wins Continue reading The "As He Goes, The Team Goes" Fallacy

Business of Sports Network Launches Autism Awareness Campaign

One of the things I have used this modest platform for is to raise awareness (and a few dollars) for a few charities that are close to me. My wife had, until recently, worked at American Cancer Society and we did a few “Charity Challenges” to raise a few dollars for ACS and The Jimmy Fund. The other cause I have championed is the Autism Awareness campaign, piggybacking on Maury Brown’s efforts. My nephew is on the low end of the spectrum and if any of these awareness and fundraising campaigns can result in 10 minutes of extra attention that my nephew receives, great.

Before we get to the information: CLICK HERE TO DONATE. If you can confirm a donation of $100 or greater, I will give you the floor here at IIATMS to post whatever you like, so long as it’s profanity-free. I’ve done this before and am happy to do it again.

With that, I am proud to repurpose this information below, from Maury Brown’s site:

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Joba might not be the setup man

Here’s an interesting article from Joel Sherman of the NY Post: Unlike with the fifth starter’s job, the Yankees are comfortable going into the season without delineating a primary set-up man for Mariano Rivera. It had been believed that if Joba Chamberlain failed to win the last rotation spot, he simply would become the main eighth-inning reliever. But manager Joe Girardi has said publicly that Chamberlain must earn that position, and several Yankees officials insisted to The Post that is not just said for effect or as a motivational ploy toward Chamberlain, a player the organization does worry about when Continue reading Joba might not be the setup man

We’ve got a convert!

It took just a few days, but we got a convert:

As part of the deal, TCM has turned all of his Twins jerseys (Santana, Mauer, and Morneau), as well as his T-shirts, sweatshirts, Crocs, and Underoos over to the good people at St. Vincent DePaul’s and has sent the confirmation receipt of the donation to Jason via first class mail. As soon as Jason receives this confirmation, TCM will be free to post over on IIATMS and reach far broader audiences than he can here.

However, the good news is that The Common Man will now be able to blog daily about how incredible Derek Jeter’s defense is, and how he should have been named MVP last year. Also, together we can explore the depths to which the Red Sox truly suck. Think how much fun you’ll have learning about random Yankees from the past, like Johnny Blanchard and Jack Chesbro. Tuck Stainback and Bill Monbouquette. And how great will it be to talk about which stars deserve to be Yankees this season, next season, and the year after, as though no other team in the league has a rich history or a tradition of success. Indeed, on Tuesday of next week, The Common Man will be live blogging his visit to the tattoo parlor, where he will get a single pinstripe running from his shoulder to his ankle in tribute.

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Yanks Should Look at Ryan Garko

Piggybacking off of a post yesterday by Fack Youk, I’m suggesting that the Yankees should take a look at Ryan Garko for the last bench spot. He’d obviously be taking this spot from Marcus Thames, with whom none of us seem very impressed this season. From the article: Garko, like Thames, mashes left handed pitching. His career line of .313/.392/.495 in 485 PA against southpaws is actually better than Thames’ .256/.329/.516 line in 691 PA. Garko’s also four years younger and has two years of arbitration eligibility left. Adding to the numbers: Garko has a .382 wOBA (136 wRC+) vs. Continue reading Yanks Should Look at Ryan Garko

Hughes' First Start To Come April 15th

[image title=”YANKEES 6 MUNSON” size=”full” id=”16354″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] Via Marc Carig: Assuming that weather doesn’t change the schedule, Phil Hughes will make his first start for the Yankees on April 15 against the Angels. But before that, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Hughes will stay stretched out by pitching in extended spring training games on April 5 and 10. Hughes will remain on the active roster in case he’s needed by the Yankees to spot start or make a relief appearance. “That’s what I figured was going to happen,” Hughes said. “So, nothing unexpected.” When the Yankees first announced Continue reading Hughes' First Start To Come April 15th

A-Jax in retrospect

  Over 19 spring games, former Yankee top prospect, Austin Jackson, who was used to acquire All-Star center fielder, Curtis Granderson, is hitting an impressive .356/.441/.576 with 9 walks and just 8 strikeouts. Manager Jim Leyland is particularly pleased with A-Jax’s performance this spring. “Let’s face it, we (traded) a real good player, a very popular player (for Jackson),” says Leyland. “He would have had to really show us he’s not ready, and he hasn’t shown that. He’s done very, very well. I’ve been very impressed.” Now, as I have said in the past, spring performances, whether good or bad, Continue reading A-Jax in retrospect

Planning To Fail: The Royals, Pirates, Marlins (and others)

Today is April 1, one of the most important days on the baseball calendar. On April 1, each of the “poorer” teams in baseball – teams like the Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Florida Marlins – submit a report describing how the team uses its revenue sharing money to improve the team’s on-the-field performance.

What’s that you say? You didn’t know about these reports? Don’t worry. As far as I know, the existence of these reports has never been disclosed to the public — not before now, anyway. (It’s an IIATMS exclusive!)

Some background: major league baseball utilizes a program of revenue sharing where rich teams like the Yankees, Mets and Red Sox transfer local revenues to poor teams like the Twins, Rays and Brewers. Big dollars change hands under revenue sharing: the Marlins have received at least $158 million in revenue sharing payments over the last seven years. As we’ve reported earlier, these payments exceed the amount paid by Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria to buy the team.

Some argue that baseball’s poor teams aren’t doing enough with their revenue sharing money. It is commonly reported that teams are free to use revenue sharing money any way they like. But as it turns out, baseball’s collective bargaining agreement DOES impose certain requirements on revenue sharing recipients. The first requirement has been reported here and elsewhere: any team receiving revenue sharing money must use the money “in an effort to improve its performance on the field”. This requirement is vague to the point of being meaningless.

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