Last week I lost a TD with ARGOS debating who would be the next guy to get caught using Roids/PEDs and such in MLB.
Well, I casually suggested it might be Joey Bats and I brought down the wrath of every Canadien that uses this site; all seven of them, on me and I lost big.
I am not making that mistake again, But , this morning (and I am not sure which analyst it was running his suck) was saying that it was not much of a surprise that Colon had been suspended 50 games for testosterone use.
He took the entire 2010 season off then came back throwing over 97mph? People definitely thought something was up. However, him being a previous Cy Young winner not much was questioned.
Now, the analyst were all stating things like everyone suspected Colon of something, or, something was not quite right.
If this was the case why not test immediately prior to ever letting him throw the first pitch? Neither Melky or Colon were having Bonds type numbers; you know everything in BBR.com was in bold, but, they were doing things they had never done before.
And that was my entire point last week. It will not surprise me one bit to find out that Jose uses some type of PED. He can deny all he wants; most cheaters do; but the fact remains that there is more to his sudden surge in power than simple starting his swing slower. I hope I am wrong. He injured his wrist on a foul ball. Does this sound right to you guys?
And now after Colon's suspension; a player whose Cy Young award is now tainted in my mind, I put very, very few players above the suspicion line.
I still love the game, but MLB either needs to **** and leave the players to their own vices or test every player every week.
After each test they should publicly announce who was tested and the results.
This whole testing procedure is questionable anyway.
As a fan we hear that Jose or some other player gave a sample for testing but here is the thing: I spent 20+ years in the Army and we were randomly given an urinalysis on a monthly basis.
The Army spends millions every year trying to filter out those that use illegal drugs.
However, the test are expensive to run and like every large organization cost cutting measures are put in place to cut down on like expenses.
Therefore, when a unit does a urinalysis, (if it is a 10% and not 100%), they use some system to randomly choose who pisses and who does not. In many cases they used the last number of SSNs. They would continue to draw numbers until they reached the quota required.
Out of those random 10% samples donated when the bottles reached the lab, and again based on cost, only a percentage of those were selected to actually go through lab test. The rest were set aside and destroyed after the test on those selected were completed.
ONLY results of positive,(or negative I guess depending on which way you look at it), were ever submitted back to the organization for Command punishment.
Is this the procedure for MLB as well?
One other thing, and this is important as well. Soldiers were constantly trying to "substitute" their sample with a clean sample. For that reason spotters are always in place to observe the actual filling of the sample jars.
However, on MANY, MANY, MANY occasions, for whatever reason, it was my experience that observers were way too lax, bashfull, homophobic or whatever about actually looking at the stream as it filled the jar.
IS this the case with MLB players as well? Are they observed with someone watching their willie tip the jar?
I for one do not feel that the "Steroid ERA" has passed. Companies are making drugs that are more and more difficult to trace every day. The testing HAS to get more and more complicated to keep up.
And like any business, the more complicated and the more frequent, the higher the price and I am not so sure the owners are willing to fund that bill.
You have your opinion. There's mine.