What To Make Of Schilling, Braun And A-Rod

There are several things I want to bring to the blog on a regular basis, something you can depend on. Beginning with a Sunday column centering on the main story of the week.

It is a shame, but the week leading up to the start of spring training was dominated by stories of PEDs. It will never end. There will always be somebody wanting to gain an edge. There will always be cheating. Is it human nature? Yeah, I think so, sadly.

First, Alex Rodriguez. Is anybody really surprised to hear he’s in trouble again? It’s bad enough to be linked again to PEDs, but to come out and say MLB and the Yankees are out to get him? Why not leave well enough alone?

He already hired a big-time lawyer, so he should let his mouthpiece do the talking for him. Sure, the Yankees will try to void his contract, but the MLB Players Association will make it a costly fight. It’s not my money, but if I ran the Yankees I’d go for it, just to send a message.

Rodriguez was not suspended after his admission, so if he’s suspended this time it will be for only 50 games. Bud Selig needs to take that step.

The decision the Yankees must make is whether they believe Rodriguez will ever be healthy enough to be a viable player again. If they decide no, then they might has well try to buy him out or release him outright rather than have him be a distraction for the next five years.

Either way, it could cost them $114 million. And, no way will Rodriguez retire and walk away from that money.

Ryan Braun is proving to be a disappointment and somebody not to be trusted. Yes, he got off on a technicality, but I’m not buying his reasoning his named popped up in the Florida case because he was getting information for his defense. If you’re Braun, you have access to the best lawyers and medical advise available. Why wouldn’t you seek help from a professional instead of going to a shady clinic in a strip mall, one with a checkered history with MLB? If nothing else, wouldn’t the Players Association give him that advice.

Finally, there’s Curt Schilling, who can be a blowhard at times. Including this one. To come out and accuse a member of the Red Sox staff of suggesting he use PEDs while standing in the middle of a crowded clubhouse is absurd.

Although Schilling didn’t mention any names – only that they were no longer with the organization – didn’t mean it couldn’t be figured out who he was talking about. It is highly unlikely, that in a crowded clubhouse, with media access that this would happen. If such a suggestion were made, it would be in private.


4 thoughts on “What To Make Of Schilling, Braun And A-Rod

  1. Come on, enough of this whining about AROD hiring a lawyer. You know that there isn’t a person in the world who, facing even the remote possibility of losing over 100 million dollars wouldn’t be getting legal advice ASAP. Even the holier than thou Delcos. And as Braun, showed last Winter, the best defense is a strong, aggressive offense. Whether you lie or not is irrelevant. Deny deny deny, attack attack attack.

    • Nathan: I’m definitely not holier than thou as you frequently mention and I already admitted you were right about the lawyer. On second thought, I would have done the same. So, no sense in bringing that up again. You more than made your point. Braun did attack. My point was his claim was not that he didn’t take PEDs, but the sample was mishandled. A technicality. My point is Braun should have steered clear from that clinic and gone with a reputable physician. He had them at his disposal if he wanted. But, being linked with that clinic doesn’t help his reputation any.-JD

  2. Did anyone believe ARod when he stated after being caught and after lying about it that he only used PED’s for 2 years? I get the feeling he probably did it in high school and his whole career.

    These are all high profile names symptomatic of the era. It is coming out that even good and very good players that you would not suspect are tainted.

    You can always hold the innocent until proven guilty approach.

    At this point I will assume everyone cheated. There is no way to know who did and who did not. But with all the reports and allegations. All the high profile denials and then retractions or silence when harder evidence is provided shows me the game was in the toilet as far as PED’s is concerned and the commissioner only wanted to make the game money and not to protect the game. Selig has no honor.

    • dave: Unfortunately, you are right. When it comes to PEDs you are guilty until proven innocent. I think PEDs are cheating, but MLB did nothing to discourage it during that period. It was more concerned with regrouping and promoting the game after Selig prompted the work stoppage that killed the 1994 World Series. Cal Ripken and the home run chase dug the game out of a hole. Selig and the owners looked the other way at the time because their interest was in selling the game and the home run was the draw.-JD