Link Roundup: Now with 20% More Deer Antler Spray
More PED news impacted Major League Baseball this week, as several players were linked to a dodgy anti-aging clinic in Miami. Among the players were OF Nelson Cruz, LHP Gio Gonzalez, 3B Alex Rodriguez, OF Melky Cabrera, and RHP Bartolo Colon. A-Rod, Cabrera, and Colon have all been linked to/suspended for using PEDs in the past, so this isn’t much of a surprise. But Cruz and Gonzalez are under suspicion for the first time. Naturally, they issued denials, but it’s so hard not to be skeptical if you are a baseball fan these days.
The good news is, they are under investigation. The bad news is, PED use is still happening. Perhaps stiffer penalties are the answer, as Matt Holiday suggested.
Contrary to popular belief, PED use happens in other sports, as evidenced by the alleged use of deer antler spray by Ray Lewis. If true, that would explain why he came back from his injury so soon, and why he always freezes when he sees headlights. The media is actually paying attention to this story, but he’ll eventually get a pass (no pun intended), as most NFL players do.
Even golfer Vijay Singh is facing PED accusations!
Sandy Alderson didn’t need PEDs when he talked to season ticket holders on Wednesday night. During this time he said, “The reason we haven’t spent the money is not because of Fred Wilpon,” he said. “It’s because of me.” I wonder how much he’s getting paid to throw himself under the bus? In this blogger’s opinion, he’s covering for the Wilpons, whose ongoing financial catastrophe has been well documented.
In other news, Wilmer Flores had a breakout season in 2012, but where will he ultimately end up in the field?
Bloggers are still buzzing about Banner Day, which has now been moved to May 11, Mike Piazza, and the World Baseball Classic. Here’s a nice take on all of these subjects by Kerel Cooper.
Pitchers and catchers report in only 12 days, and hope will spring eternal once again.
Signing Kevin Youkolis, however, might hurt the karma points.
The Wilpon’s financial catastrophe is behind them. They own have collective net worth in excess of $1 billion after the $700 million in loand, and they have plenty of access to cash. Their only catastrophe is the lame performance of the ballclub, which drives down baseball revenues. That is fixable by improving the product, which requires spending money. They get no more mulligans for the lack of finances.