Clarification Needed

In my last post, I said that the 2003 test that ultimately generated the list of 104 players was for steroids only.

In reading other articles over the past few days I am now confused as to what exactly the test was…well…testing.  Was it just steroids?  Or was it any drug considered "performance enhancing?"

If anyone can comment and give us a clear, referenced answer, I’d greatly appreciate it.  The main reason I ask is I wonder if a player could argue that his name showed up because he took any number of other non-steroid performance enhancing drugs.

Thanks.

It’s Time

David “Big Papi” Ortiz has had enough time to gather his thoughts, consult with his agent, his public relations people, his union, his family and those who help him with big decisions.

It’s time for Ortiz to set the record straight.

The best scenario, in my mind, is for Ortiz is to take the approach Andy Pettitte took and face the media in an open forum, explain what happened and what was done.  Granted Pettitte had to alter his story a bit after the fact, but his approach was executed out in the open.  Pettitte apologized, explained his reasoning and since then, his life, compared with other cheaters/deniers, has been mostly manageable.

To be clear, the 2004 MLB test we keep hearing about that yielded 104 “positives” was for 28 different kinds of steroids.  So if a player is on that list, he did steroids, not other PEDs like andro or amphetamines, but steroids.  Here is a nice crib sheet for those keeping track.

No matter what the substance(s) Ortiz took, I just wish he’d come clean and get this issue quickly in the rear-view mirror.  Baseball was and is a great sport, but it has been bogged down with this story.  I can’t explain the disappointment I feel over the steroid link to Red Sox players, but it is what it is and I can take some solace in knowing that it was a league-wise problem, not unique to Red Sox players.

I wish the entire list of 104 names gets released just so we can quickly admonish those caught and so the lawyers leaking the names could move onto other destructive actions.  As an aside, isn’t it just a matter of time before those attorneys leaking the names get in serious trouble?  If the NYT can publish an article based on information that was illegally released, isn’t there some rough water ahead for those lawyers?

Lets hear it David, get it over with and allow us to focus on baseball again…at least until we have a reliable HGH test and we start this whole thing all over again.

Who Do You Root For?

A lot of talk in New York today about which team to root for in the upcoming Rays-Red Sox series.  Some people feel that you root for the Rays to win so the Yankees can stay in first.  Others counter that by saying you root for the Red Sox because you want them to come into New York on a big winning streak (more likely to lose in NYC) and it would bury the Rays.

I am of the opinion that you root for a split.  One game each, but they need to be "special" games.  By special, I mean long, think record-setting games, 30+ innings each.  I want to look in the box scores and see that the winning pitcher one night was Pedroia after going six innings and Longoria got the win the second night after replicating the feat.  That’s what I want.

On a more serious note, the Yankees have a tough little series coming up.  You have that pitcher who wasn’t traded and is still in Toronto to beat Tuesday and then Sergio Mitre on the mound in a game where it might be easy to look ahead to Thursday on Wednesday.  This is one of those series where I could see the Yankees losing both if they aren’t careful.  

Back tomorrow 

Ouch

Pete Abe is reporting that Jesus Montero has broken his finger and will be out for the season. 

That one hurts because it puts Montero’s 2010 in doubt. Where you might have expected to see him in mid-2010, now I think he might be a September calliup at best. 

30 Years

Today is August 2, 2009, which means it was 30-years ago to the day that Thurman Munson died.  For a young Yankees’ fan in New York, it was one the first times he really learned about death and loss.  Thirty years on, the topic is sadly too familiar and the losses sting just as sharply.   

So take a moment today and think of #15.  Think of the orange chest protector, think of the man who was described as "the heart and soul" of the Yankees.   

Goodbye Shelley

Cody Ransom lives to fight another day as the Yankees have apparently optioned Duncan back to the minors to make room for Hairston. 

This is what drives me nuts about keeping 12 pitchers, you lose a weapon on the bench that could have tremendous value.  A bench of Hairston, Ransom, Duncan, Hinske and Molina would be perfect.  You would have a power bat from the left side and the right side.  A backup catcher, two guys who can play everywhere on the infield and since Hairston has some speed, a decent pinch-runner.  But, the Yankees carry 12 pitchers, so they won’t have that power righty bat until September 1st.  I don’t really understand why a bullpen with five guys who could throw multiple innings plus Rivera wouldn’t be enough, but the Yankees and most of baseball seem to disagree with me. 

Why Not?

Isn’t it time to give Kei Igawa a shot in the rotation?  Now before you skewer me with insults, I am not saying I prefer to do this, rather I think the Yankees have to do this.

It is clear that Sergio Mitre isn’t working.  The Yankees need a fifth starter.  Why not at least try the guy you are paying $4 milion a year to set the career wins record in Scranton.  (I am not kidding, he just did that recently)  Igawa is going to collect $4 million a year from the Yankees through 2011, isn’t it time to see if they could get some kind of return for that money?