Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. wohjr May 7, 2009 at 12:19 pm
    I still wish we had him
  2. joe May 7, 2009 at 12:23 pm
    I’d offer Danny Murphy or Ryan Church to the Dodgers for him right now.
  3. wohjr May 7, 2009 at 12:25 pm
    Wow, absolutely in a heartbeat. I’d throw in Parnell too… Joe needs another arm to abuse after Scott Proctor anyways
  4. Steve May 7, 2009 at 1:06 pm
    It can’t be a greenie, it would only be a 25 game suspension if that was the case. It has to be a steroid of some sort, as there is no test for hgh.
  5. joe May 7, 2009 at 1:18 pm
    Steve, I think you are mistaken. It doesn’t matter if it’s a greenie, a steroid, or a line of coke — the suspension is the same, 50 games.

    Trying to confirm that, though.

  6. joe May 7, 2009 at 1:30 pm
    My bad, the suspension for using a drug like coke or pot is not 50 games. Using a stimulant, though, seems to be treated the same as a steroid. I can’t find any evidence that testing positive for stimulants results in a lesser punishment.
  7. joe May 7, 2009 at 1:37 pm
    My bad again … Steve’s right, as far as I can tell. Unless something changed recently a first positive test for a stimulant results in a stern talking-to by someone from MLB and a note in your file. A second positive test results in a 25-game suspension.

    Thanks Steve! Next time I’ll keep my mouth shut.

  8. Steve May 7, 2009 at 2:10 pm
    Mike Cameron was greenies…he was 25 games. I guess Manny got suspended for rule 8.G.2, which jordan schaefer is the only other guy to be suspended for. I haven’t found anything that says he ever failed a test either…It really makes you wonder if it was HGH.
  9. mannyfilia May 7, 2009 at 3:14 pm
    People over 35 don’t move or perform physical activities as well as when they are 25. Baseball players are not any different. If they still play young, then they are on something. When they get off said something, they break down.

    for all the manny love out there, he is entering the age of breakdown (and he is only entering it this late because of steroids). For those who love the no-defense soft toss softball league style baseball of the steroid era, get over it, there has been a fundamental shift towards youth and defense.

  10. joe May 7, 2009 at 3:24 pm
    Since HCG has been used to treat obesity, Manny could use that as an excuse. It’s lame, but it’s enough to sway some people into believing him.

    It may be time to start watching indy baseball. MLB is becoming a major letdown for so many reasons.

  11. Steve May 7, 2009 at 3:56 pm
    It’s still cleaner than cycling, probably football, and definately most olympic sports. The sad state of affairs is that these substances are so easy to acquire that anyone can get them, and in many cases it’s easier to get away with them in sports that fly under the radar more.
  12. Steve May 7, 2009 at 6:36 pm
    We miss seeing Manny in LA now, and if LA gets a few rainouts in the next 2 months, we could very easily miss him for the whole season. His 4th game being eligible would be in NY, and he’s probably gonna need a few minor league starts to get in form again. If there’s 3 rainouts, there’s a good chance they give him minor league starts instead of bringing him back in NY.