Nevermnind Bud, you never wanted to hear the truth anyway!
I’m at the end of the line when it comes to the subject of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.
Melky Cabrera’s recent positive test for testosterone and BALCO founder Victor Conte’s wild (but possibly accurate) guess that as much as 50 percent of Major League Baseball players may be some form of PED has put the white flag in my hand. I’ve decided that Bud Selig should do what he’s always done and ignore those who have chosen to take extra measures to become “better” ballplayers.
I’m convinced Victor Conte knows more about PEDs in baseball than Bud Selig
As ridiculous as Victor Conte’s estimation sounds, I believe him. Remember when Jose Canseco dropped his book ‘Juiced’ and we all laughed at who we thought was a bitter player? The score card told the story, Canseco hit an inside the park home run as baseball fumbled around in Congressional Hearings and baseball owner’s meetings.
While MLB commissioner Bud Selig struck out looking.
After baseball botched Ryan Braun’s drug test last winter, I began to lean towards the idea of just letting these players take their careers into their own hands. After hearing Conte’s words yesterday, I’m almost certain that this is what needs to be done.
“I’m not going to name names,” Conte said, “but I’ve talked to a lot of top players in Major League Baseball, and they tell me this is what they’re doing. There is rampant use of synthetic testosterone in Major League Baseball.” And despite baseball’s claim as having the strictest of drug programs in all of sports, Conte attests that baseball has been fooled before and will ultimately be fooled again.
“To circumvent the test is like taking candy from a baby. It’s so easy to circumvent. I call it the ‘duck-and-dodge’ system. The only people that get caught are the dumb, and the dumber.”
Says a lot about Melky Cabrera - more about the MLB powers that be.
Baseball is a sport that clings to a past, viewing it as something pristine, but it’s nowhere as close to that. It’s been a barometer of times in this nation and let’s face it, we live in a drug reliant society. As Michael Tillery said in his New York Times piece Overscheduled Pros Could Use a Boost, HGH can have major health benefits when used properly:
“Baseball seems to be the remaining core sport marketing itself on the statistical accomplishment of its classic legends. The game is different now, and while baseball historians continue to hold on to the past for whatever reason, the athletic world is quickly moving into a future where natural and synthetic advancements are an inevitable reality.
If H.G.H. is legalized, and records fall because of player longevity, many might counter that athletes are no longer role models. But what about athletes’ bodies, and additionally, their stamina? If television contracts put more games before global eyes, athletes will be pressed to travel and play more.
If medicine is available, why not use its benefits to give fans more joy for a longer time?”
If you’re not taking Gehrig and Ruth out, why not put Bonds and Clemens in.
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