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MLB Today: Yet Another PED Scandal

January 29, 2013 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
Melky Cabrera's future with the Toronto Blue Jays is in jeopardy.
Melky Cabrera is front and centre in the latest PED scandal.

Isn’t it great that were now into the post-‘roids era, a time in which we no longer have to question every single noteworthy endeavour through the skeptical lens of wondering whether the act was boosted by artificial means?

Um, ya. About that.

PEDs are once again front and centre, first with a wave of suspensions (Freddy Galvis, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Yasmani Grandal and Carlos Ruiz among others) and now with a report from the Miami New Times that suggests that the records from an anti-aging clinic in Miami detail the intake of PEDS by several notable players including Alex Rodriguez, Cabrera and Gio Gonzalez.

Well, here we go again.

The Biogenesis of America clinic, which closed in January, was headed by Anthony Bosch, a man with connections to Manny Ramirez when he was caught using PEDs in 2009.

So many questions emerge from this latest scandal: for starters, is A-Rod done in Pinstripes after this latest episode? The fallout will be fascinating to watch.

He admitted to using steroids between 2001 and 2003. but said he hasn’t juiced since. The records from this clinic suggest otherwise, according to the Times report.

Rodriguez is already expected to miss a good chunk of 2013 (possibly all of it) in the wake of hip surgery. Now he has to deal with this. We think it might be time for A-Roid to find a hole to crawl into.

Miami is apparently the hot spot for PEDs and MLB has been investigating several clinics in the area, so this mess is far from over. Expect more information to be revealed over the weeks to come.

Cabrera, meanwhile, was already suspended in August, and now we have to wonder if his new $16 million deal with the Jays is in jeopardy.

Nelson Cruz, who has never been connected to PEDs, also showed up in the records, so keeper league owners better pay attention here.

Gonzalez, another newcomer to the PED spotlight, would also sink a lot of Fantasy hopes should it be proved he was juicing and he gets a suspension.

Grandal also showed up in these records.

What a freaking shit show this is. We’re going to be hearing a lot about this hot mess over the next few months.
Good times!

Just think: we don’t have a Hall of Fame inductee this year because the steroids era players were all on the docket. Could this be the start of a black hole in HoF inductions for years to come?

Quick Hits

  • Remember Darin Erstad? It’s been nearly five years since he was last on the Fantasy radar and after 2009, he called it a day. For the past two years, Erstad has been coaching baseball at his alma mater, the University of Nebraska. Recently asked if coaching is more frustrating than playing, Erstad had this to say: “I’ve heard that, and maybe I haven’t done it long enough to know, but so far the answer is no,” he said. “I really enjoy seeing (players) working on something, stressing something and seeing it translate into success in the game, and the energy and excitement in their eyes when they accomplish something. That’s pretty powerful stuff… You have 35 guys you get that from. I think that’s pretty cool.”
  • Carl Pavano had his spleen removed last week after hurting himself falling in the snow. He’s been in the hospital for nearly two weeks. How do you hurt yourself that badly falling in snow? Well, this setback won’t exactly help Pavano’s efforts in finding a new employer this year.

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