A-Rod is not Bagwell

I’ve got something of a reputation for defending guys accused of using steroids, especially when the accusers are overtly indifferent to quaint concepts like “proof,” but I’m gonna have to get off the boat here:

Ryan Braun never had a chance. He was guilty in the eyes of the public from the moment his positive test for synthetic testosterone was leaked. Alex Rodriguez is guilty of everything the Miami New Times report says he is – guilty, that is, if you listen to what the public has already decided about the situation. Jeff Bagwell is guilty too, just because.

Slow your roll a little bit. Ryan Braun’s sample was improperly handled so, officially, the positive test result never happened. As such, there’s technically no evidence at all that he broke any rules. The case against Bagwell, such as it is, is that he played during the steroid era and had big muscles. This, tp put it mildly, is no evidence of any kind, circumstantial or otherwise. The problem with accusing these guys is that it’s all done based upon suspicion, with no real evidence backing it up.

Say what you will about some of the dumb responses various columnists have pumped out over this news, but there’s no question that there is at least evidence that A-Rod has been juicing. An actual newspaper reviewed hundreds of documents detailing the sale of banned substances to A-Rod and others by a clinic operator who is being investigated by the federal government. It’s true that those documents could be fabricated, but that’s a pretty wild assumption that shouldn’t be given the benefit of the doubt.

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

17 thoughts on “A-Rod is not Bagwell

  1. Ryan Braun's sample was not improperly handled. They followed protocol. The fact that they pretended it wasn't protocol, even though, at the same time, they admitted it was protocol, is mind blowing, but it doesn't make him innocent.

  2. "Ryan Braun’s sample was improperly handled so, officially, the positive test result never happened. As such, there’s technically no evidence at all that he broke any rules." Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, and, uh, wong!

    There was plenty of evidence showing Braun broke the rules. The evidence was all in the sealed, uncontaminated, urine sample. That the courier kept at his house over the weekend instead of delivering it Friday night is a mere technicality and it didn't change for a second the evidence that was in that sealed, uncontaminated urine sample.

  3. .aroid is a bitch.i can not believe he did this to his career.why do you waste yours and my time in new york?why did you whine about people loving jeter and not you?why did you constantly screw up in the playoffs?why do i own your jersey?i swear to God and my mom above that i will never cheer for you again.i wished you signed with boston back in 03.you piece of shit

  4. Ryan Braun's sample was not handled properly. If the fault was with the agreement so be it. The fact is that the mediator did not feel the sample was reliable. As a result, the rules on how samples are handled were changed. If there really were no problem there would be no reason to change protocol.

    It isn't Ryan's fault that the procedures were inadequate. It isn't Ryan's fault that MLB leaked his name before the process had run its course. It isn't Ryan's fault that sticking a sample in some guy's basement for the weekend isn't the best idea. Given the outcome, Ryan is entitled to the assumption of innocence. His test means nothing.

    Having said that, the folks using and developing PEDs are usually a step ahead of the testers. I'm surprised that fans are still surprised when the occasional athlete is actually caught.