Link Roundup: Now with 20% More Deer Antler Spray

I call him "Rob."

I call him “Rob.”

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.


Paul is a freelance writer, blogger, and broadcast technology professional residing in Denver. A New Jersey native, he is a long-suffering Mets fan, a recently-happy Giants fan, and bewildered Islanders fan. He's also a fair-weather Avalanche and Rockies supporter. In his spare time, he enjoys the three Gs: Golf, Guitars, and Games.
  1. Joe January 31, 2013 at 3:49 pm
    Yankee management/fans: Please, let this be a way to get rid of A-Rod. Hey, I know we are being hypocrites since others used the stuff, but hey, we are only human. And, he is such a tool. Come on!!!!

    Signing Kevin Youkolis, however, might hurt the karma points.

  2. Dan B January 31, 2013 at 4:01 pm
    Alderson said it was his choice to cut salary at the major league level. Who’s idea was it to cut costs in the minor leagues? Why do the Mets sign less of their draft picks then other teams? Why did they make cuts in minor league staffing? I thought we were rebuilding?! The only three prospects we have close to the minors were the result of the Mets trading away salary. Why can’t money be invested in developing talent? It disgusts me that the Mets have to collapse for the Wilpons to sell because I just don’t see the Mets winning with current ownership.
  3. DaveSchneck February 1, 2013 at 10:44 am
    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.