As of this afternoon at 3:00 ET on Sept. 7, both Rick Ankiel of the St. Louis Cardinals and Troy Glaus of the Toronto Blue Jays have been accused of using HGH before 2005. Now, Troy Glaus I predicted, but Ankiel surprised me when it truly shouldn't. With the amount of current players that have taken 'roids, why would the amazing comeback pitcher-turned-hitter go unsuspected? After all, he is a pure power hitter with a fairly bulky size for his height, although not McGwire-like. He underwent 2 years of rehabilitation for various injuries sustained, and was under constant medical attention. The signs were there, although not nearly as evident or doubtless as as for some players. Perhaps I (or we) were too caught up with one of today's few feel-good stories to be skeptical. Perhaps it was my inner homer inside me as a Cardinal fan that wouldn't let me suspect him. Either way, while I can see the justification for medical needs and legality and whatnot, it's still quite disappointing, esecially during a point in the season where St. Louis doesn't need any more distractions.
Anyway, on to the point of the blog. Recently, it was revealed that 45 unnamed currnet and unactive players are being requested to talk to "investigators" under George Mitchell about suspected steroid and/or HGH usage. With the sudden release of the names of 2 big name players, one has to wonder: Is this the opening of the floodgates? Likely not. Chances are, the names of the players themselves will not be released until at least after the World Series concludes. Releasing names now would be chaotically hectic in the midst of regular season playoff chase. But 2 allegations in one day? I fully understand that Ankiels case was uncovered by the New York Daily News and Troy Glaus by SI.com, but both were part of a Florida-based Signiture Pharmacy client list that were shipped HGH supplements. I wouldn't be surprised to see 1 or 2 more names pop up soon.
Upon further thought, one comes across another thought: Do we want the floodgates to open up?? Think about this: We all want the steroids scandal to be broken up so it can be dismantled, and then destroyed. But what would that do to baseball? If you think people are disgusted with the MLB right now, think about what will happen when 45, 50, 100 baseball players are called out for growth supplement usage. This guy, and that guy, and that guy's friend, and that guy's friend's daughter, and her best friend, and her boyfriend, and his cousins' favorite players are all unraveled by steroid accusations. The credibility of the MLB would tumble, and fingers get pointed every which way. If baseball can survive that, then it can survive anything. Personally, I'm worried. If substance abusers aren't pointed out at all, then MLB popularity will continue to go down, down, and down, but like stated, if a mass amount of players are reported, then chaos occurs.
For shoots and giggles, here's a list of big names who have admitted, been implicated, or tested positive for testosterone:
- Mark McGwire
Gary Matthews Jr.
Jerry Hairston Jr.
Good luck, MLB, and godspeed.
Phew. It's been a while since I've done this.
- Mark McGwire
08:28 PM ET 09.07 |
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