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“Playing Ball” Major League Baseball’s Way

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jackiesjersey.jpgWith all that was going on last summer it was difficult to deal with some of the larger issues of and problems with Major League Baseball. This spring and summer it is time to make time to dig in an explore MLB and baseball, in general, much more deeply. The following is the first of many articles and commentaries to be written this spring and summer on our National Pastime.


I smelled a rat in Major League Baseball’s summer of 2007 but could not find its carcass. There was something terribly wrong with MLB and baseball, in general. Everywhere I turned there was a scandal. Most had to do with “performance-enhancing drugs” (PEDs) like steroids and human growth hormone (HGH), but there were others like Tony LaRussa’s drunk driving charge and the specter of Ken Caminiti’s cocaine-induced death and his flat statement that perhaps 80% of MLB players were using PEDs. There was a rebirth of public knowledge of baseball’s private war with amphetamines used largely to recuperate from long hours of air travel followed by playing a baseball game some 12 hours later. But amphetamines are dangerous drugs and I wondered how many MLB players had a bottle of them at home.

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From Bonds to Clemens, from Ankiel to Taylor to Tilghman: We Missed the Moment and Now We Must Pay

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Months ago when the Rick Ankiel-HGH news broke I wrote that his being outed represented – potentially – a watershed moment in sports and sportswriting. It was the moment when the subjects of race and racism, of PEDs in football, and constructive criticisms of all sports, especially the NFL, could be broached by a large enough portion of the U.S. populace to bleed into America at large. The treatment of Ankiel by mainstream sportswriters and by extension, Barry Bonds, would initially shape the tenor of conversation.

And it did.

Apologists for Ankiel came out of the woodwork from every corner of the nation. The public’s heartstrings were tugged at using the tried-and-true up from the ghetto to riches story and flipping it for a white athlete. Ankiel’s growing up with a dope fiend father and making good in the “Bigs” was half of a press mantra tag teamed with Ankiel being the “feel good story of the summer.” Writers expressed sorrow for having to report the news that Ankiel was involved in the Signature Pharmacy-anti-aging clinic HGH investigation.

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Reading Jayson Stark-ly: Looking at Roger Clemens Through PED-Colored Glasses

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pettitte.jpgToday Jayson Stark wrote a response, of sorts, to the criticism that his most recent column generated (including this article). To be blunt, today’s column is equally pitiful. This time, he’s sticking up for Andy Pettitte; he needs to stop. It seems for all the world that Stark needs a high, hard one under the chin to back him off the keyboard for a few days. 

I just wonder how, after his weak defense of Clemens was posted and after the pillorying he took for it, he was afforded the opportunity to write about Pettitte. Fool me once, shame on ——- yew. Fool me twice ————-  yew cain’t get fooled again…. Uh, yeah you can. Just read Stark’s commentary.

(thanks des)


Jayson Stark played the “Journalism 101” card as an excuse for why he believes Barry Bonds used performance-enhancing drugs. More importantly, he uses the same excuse to suspend belief that Roger Clemens used PEDs. What is the golden rule, the crux of the biscuit of J 101?

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Paul Byrd Claims Innocence – Paul Byrd Is Guilty

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paulbyrd2.jpg(This commentary is an update to the previous report and analysis posted at 10.21 at 9:44 a.m.)

Paul Byrd is playing the pituitary gland, low testosterone card. He now says he kept the HGH in the team refrigerator:

“I do have a pituitary issue,” he said. “I don’t know exactly what that means yet.”

I say this fairly often when I am stunned by something someone says: wait wait wait. So pretty much every reporter says “these professional athletes know everything that goes into their bodies, they know everything that is going on with their bodies, so there is no excuse for them to take any illegal substances.

Now, I am sure that growth hormone is not normally prescribed to adults with pituitary gland problems but to children with pituitary gland and therefore growth problems.

As far as I know, Paul Byrd is a full-grown adult.

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Written by dwil

October 22, 2007 at 12:02 am

Posted in HGH, MLB, Paul Byrd, Steroids

Breaking: Indians Pitcher Paul Byrd Bought HGH (plus instant analysis)

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paulbyrd.jpgMark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams of the SF Chronicle reported this morning that Cleveland Indians pitcher Paul Byrd (Jake Westbrook, tonight’s starter is pictured at right) bought nearly $25,000 worth of HGH from Palm Beach Rejuvenation Center between August 2002 and January 2005:

Paying with a credit card, Byrd spent $24,850 to buy more than 1,000 vials of growth hormone, an injectable prescription drug with muscle-building properties, and hundreds of syringes.

The records reviewed by The Chronicle included Byrd’s purchase and shipping orders, payment data and other information, including his birth date and Social Security number. The records were provided by a confidential news source, who said the orders were consistent with an athlete’s personal use of growth hormone….

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