Monday, July 22, 2013

Are the MLB steroid bombs about to really start dropping?

Major League Baseball suspended Ryan Braun today for the rest of the season.  Supposedly he cut a deal at the last minute, probably by ratting out others.  Many more suspensions are said to be forthcoming, with the Yankees Alex Rodriguez among them.

One guy who I can't fathom can possibly be clean is the Oakland A's Bartolo Colon.  Colon started to lose his fastball back in 2006.  That was seven years ago.  After several bad seasons he was out of baseball completely by 2010.  One of the first posts I ever wrote for this site in March of 2011 was called "Bartolo Colon might not be dead?"  Two months later I accused him of being on steroids after posting a complete game shutout for the Yankees at age 38.  My suspicions turned out to be correct, as last season he was suspended 50 games for illegal testosterone use.

Now this year Colon is back, and was somehow the lone All-Star for the first place Oakland A's.  The 40 year old is 13-3 with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.  How this is possible without everyone else in MLB screaming bloody murder is beyond me.  Every time he pitches the opposing team's players should be talking to the press about him being a cheater.

This notion begs the question, why aren't there more steroid-free guys in baseball calling out everybody who isn't?  The most likely scenario I can come up with is that almost all of them are doing something, and that's kind of a scary thought.


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