My Manny reaction

The NBC folks asked if I’d put it up over there, so anyone interested in what I think about all of this, check it out here. Short version: it’s not all that dissimilar from what I thought when A-Rod was outed as a ‘roider back in February.


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J.W.
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Over at River Ave. Blues they note a Will Carroll Tweet (can’t believe I just wrote “Tweet”) that says that “Manny was suspended under section 8.G.2 of the drug agreement. This provision allows for a suspension if a player tests positive for controlled substances, PEDs or stimulants not enumerated in the prior Section 8 terms.”  Further, apparently this suspension was at the discretion of Bud Selig (aren’t they all though? Or is this maybe something unique to seciot 8.G.2 infractions?). Seems like either some schmancy new steroid or more likely probably HGH, but it might be interesting to see what… Read more »
J.W.
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J.W.

By “seciot” of course I meant section. Dern typos.

J.W.
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J.W.

Two more thoughts come to mind:

1) Imagine if the Yankees had signed Manny and had been the team of A-Rod and Ramirez? That on top of their losing ways, empty stadium, and draconian security practices would have made for quite the year.

2) How mad is Selena Roberts?

Dave Foody
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Seems Yahoo (via MLBTradeRumors) is reporting it was a non-viagra sexual enhancer… Performance Enhancing indeed!

jamie
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jamie

Nice job making the front page of MSNBC.com.

Tim Kelly
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Tim Kelly

I love the comments section here, the comparison to the CTB site in terms of comments is amazing.

J.W.
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J.W.

@ Tim: I completely agree. There seems to be significantly more anger/ignorance in the comments over at NBC.

Craig Calcaterra
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Yeah, it’s um, a very different world over there.  I’d say more, but if I start, I probably won’t stop . . .

Henry
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Henry

“Imagine if the Yankees had signed Manny”

Seriously?  Are we going to try and turn a Manny story—the same Manny who carried Boston on his back for a decade, and to their first championship in 86 years—we’re going to try to turn this into a comment about the *Yankees*?  By *imagining* he played for them?

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Re: Over there…

I love Shyster’s content under the nurturing bosom of NBC, and if it advances his career/reputation, I’m all for it, but I’m with you guys: those are some angry knuckle draggers over there, man. Dang.

J.W.
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J.W.
Henry – Considering that most every steroid story since mid-March has been about the Yankees, and considering that there were numerous published reports about the Yankees potentially signing Manny Ramirez this offseason, and considering that the Yankees have been the center of quite a bit of (highly deserved) negative media attention already, it doesn’t seem entirely inappropriate or off topic to speculate on how much worse it would be for that team (and how this story might be even bigger) if they had signed Manny. I’m not entirely sure what your gripe is, other than maybe that you’re sick of… Read more »
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Royce – haven’t you read David’s recent comments about Selena Roberts, Viagra, and all that is wrong with the world?  We’ve got a few pieces of work around here, too.

Henry
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J.W.— Sorry for over-reacting.  I agree—The Yankees totally deserve all of the negative attention they’ve gotten for the players they’ve signed who’ve used. Manny is not such a player is all I’m saying.  If there’s speculation to be done about the impact of this story on the AL East, it seems to me that it makes sense to start in Boston rather than the Bronx. I’m overly touchy about this as what feels like the only Yankee fan in Maine.  Interesting trivia I have been hearing all day, should help everyone come to terms with this: although A-Rod clearly took… Read more »
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hasn’t manny had the rep as being a flake, but by god, he’s an awfully hard worker?  i’d swear i’ve read that several times over the years. clemens was such a hard worker.  bonds was obviously a very hard working individual.  mac was a hard worker.  pettite started spending time with clemens to pick up on his work ethic and workout habits.  giambi was a workout pig.  canseco lived in the gym…. what do ped do?  oh yeah, they let you work harder than the average bear.  how simple. kinda makes you wonder about fisk…ryan…steve carlton…hmmm…who else was legendary for… Read more »
PB
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PB

here’s the option:

suck it up, and allow adult professionals to use the most up to date medical advances, equipment, nutritional information, technology, and yes, performance enhancers…to be the best they can be.

how hard is that?  prohibition is a losing game, same as it was with alcohol, same as the war on drugs…it’s…unrealistic, and it’s darn unlikely to work.  there’s just too much money at stake…

bud won’t go for it, cuz image is everything. right?

er…how’s that working out?

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Thank you Craig for this post, this site, and what you wrote at NBC.  At least there are places that I can go where “cheating” past, present, and future can be debated with a bit of sense, in an open forum, and in its proper context (i.e. the sky isn’t falling).  If the media and fans want to hold baseball to a higher standard—vs. say football…good GOD like football is clean of PEDs?!?!?!?!?—I fine with it.  I, like you, think that this shows that drug testing in MLB isn’t perfect, it certainly took too long to arrive, and it will… Read more »
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Henry- No apology needed but appreciated nonetheless. Ironically, my comment wasn’t meant to be a real knock on the Yanks (I’m an NY’er die-hard Yankee fan). It was meant to be a whimsical comment about how we dodged (no pun intended) a bullet. It was also supposed to be a commentary on how much harder the media is on the Yankees and anyone associated with the team.

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Just to add to the piling-on to the people at NBC…man, those are a bunch of mouth-breathers, aren’t they? It’s not as bad as Yahoo!, but it’s pretty bad. This is why I vastly prefer these niche sites and avoid the comment sections at even the more popular sports blogs, like Deadspin and KSK (I read the content, though). So much better discourse at places like here and JoePoz, and Law’s blog (Bob Loblaw’s Law Blog, Bob Loblaw Lobs Law Bomb), etc. Sadly, Neyer’s ESPN blog has a pretty low level of discourse, too. When the second comment on Craig’s… Read more »
Grant
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Grant

I mean Craig’s NBC piece. Durr. Sorry about that.

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Larking doesn’t have to prove anything.  If you feel otherwise, please document here that you believe Larkin was, or was suspected of, using PEDs.  And please document the names of others you want to lump into this catagory.  If you are going to take such a stand, go all the way with it.  And by the way, please show me those hard numbers on those who did.  And please tell me it was a level playing field for those who didn’t.  Yes, this is not a court of law, and we can make assumptions.  But we tread in a dangerous… Read more »
Craig Calcaterra
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Spitball—I can’t say that I have an ounce of evidence that Larkin was a user. But the same could have been said about A-Rod until a couple of months ago and Manny until yesterday. My point isn’t to assume that Larkin used. My point is saying that we’ll never have definitive evidence on a whole host of players from this era, and many of the people who never tested positive for anything did, in fact, use steroids.  We have to figure out how to deal with that fact.  Personally, I think that assume everyone’s innocence who didn’t get caught is… Read more »
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“Short version: it’s not all that dissimilar from what I thought when A-Rod was outed as a ‘roider back in February.” Oh no, not again Craig!  Dead balls, spitballs, balata balls, rules changes, etc., everyone played on level playing fields (though the playing fields were segregated).  Those who didn’t/don’t use PEDs are at a potentially distinct disadvantage when comparing performances over time.  Being labled as “Steroids Era” player is an injustice to those who stayed clean.  They would take exception because they did not use, as did Barry Larkin during his segment on MLBTV today, and would highly resent being… Read more »
Craig Calcaterra
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Craig Calcaterra
Spitball—prove to me that Barry Larkin DIDN’T use.  If you can’t, you see the central problem we face.  And don’t give me “his word,” because we’ve been through that before with all kinds of players. The problem is, posterity demands that we do SOMETHING with this era. There will be Hall of Fame votes. There will be histories written. Unless we plan to simply abandon baseball, some sort of context must be imposed. To do so, we have some choices to make. 1. We can assume that only those named in the Mitchell Report, those who fail tests now, and… Read more »
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