Wednesday, June 5, 2013

...And It's One, One, One Strike You're Out at the Old Ball Game

I love baseball. That's why this latest crisis to strike the national pastime has me heartbroken.

I have a friend who is a major league scout. He told me years ago -- before the sports news media -- that a story was about to break regarding hormone abuse and the Giants and A's. A few months later and the accusations flew about Bonds, McGuire, and other Bay-area players.

And now, here we go again because of Major League Baseball, which promised to "expand its effort to fight performance enhancing drugs to include random blood tests for human growth hormone and other substances during the regular season, under the terms of an agreement with the players union that was first reported by The New York Times. 'This is a very proud day for baseball,' MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said" in January. (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/01/10/169067107/baseball-will-test-for-human-growth-hormone-during-season)

Among those named are all-stars Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees and Ryan Braun of the Brewers. Both have denied using performance-enhancing drugs. I'm glad MLB is catching the cheaters. I'm just sorry for the sport, which made very clear its random drug-testing policy. Are these millionaires that arrogant or that stupid?

"Major League Baseball is set to suspend some 20 players in the coming weeks due to a scandal involving performance-enhancing drugs, according to an ESPN report. The network says it is potentially the worst drug abuse case in the history of baseball. The league declined to comment to CNN, but confirmed that an investigation is in the works

"The league may seek to double the possible suspension time for affected players by counting the doping itself as one infraction and lying about having taken the drugs as a second one, ESPN reported."  (http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/05/us/sport-baseball-scandal/index.html

A Florida newspaper, The Miami New Times, first accused Rodriguez in January of buying the drugs from a Miami anti-aging clinic called Biogenesis, run by Anthony Bosch.
 
ESPN said Bosch has agreed to cooperate in the MLB investigation. "Records obtained by MLB name many players, but league investigators need Bosch to attest to their accuracy and confirm that players were doping, ESPN reported, citing unnamed sources. The league filed suit against Biogenesis in March for allegedly supplying PEDs to players and advising them on how to avoid detection during drug tests."

This is a crisis for the entire sport. If some of its stars are juicing, what about the wanna-be's like we watch here in AAA Louisville?

Next they'll be attacking hot dogs and apple pie. I will say good. They deserve it if they are cheating.

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