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You know what I missed over the last few peaceful days? Rampant steroid speculation. Why, it seems like an eternity since a professional baseball player was last railroaded with allegations built on flimsy evidence or the handwritten notes of a buffoon.

What’s worse, without that endless news cycle tut-tutting, my life was empty without the statements of absolute innocence from pious athletes.

Thank heavens for Jeff Passan, who is here to uncover evidence considered too flimsy by the free alt-weekly which broke the Biogenesis story. Turns out some names in the mysterious notebooks kept by acknowledged boob Anthony Bosch weren’t directly linked to any illegal materials.

With so little to go on, the Miami New Times omitted some names from their initial report. Yahoo! Sports had no such qualms, splashing Ryan Braun’s name most prominently among those featured in name-only, with only a dollar figure attached to his name.

Ryan Braun famously tested positive for heightened levels of testosterone last winter, uncovered during a post-season urine test. The sample was compromised in the lab and the positive test ruled inadmissible, so Braun walked.

The single positive test plants seeds of doubt in the mind of the Salem Drug Squad, as Ryan Braun is now a cheat for life in the eyes of many. His name turning up in the Biogenesis ledgers only confirms what many already believed: Ryan Braun was just another University of Miami drug user.

Braun immediately issued a statement, claiming he enlisted the services of “doctor” Bosch as an expert during his “successful appeal” of the aforementioned positive test. The only thing getting tested around here is my patience, amirite?

Noted attorney and scientist Jon Morosi isn’t buying any of the weaksauce excuse making from Ryan Braun, adding that when the Brewers’ slugger walked last year it grated on Bud Selig and many in the league office, who won’t hesitate to try and burn Braun again.

There is nothing quite like guilt by association as baseball’s Red Scare continues unabated. PED fatigue is real and I think many fans feel it.

How much to PEDs help? Do they had two home runs to twenty? Do they add 15 games played or 50? Do they add 2 MPH or 12? Does it matter? How can it not? If they helped Ryan Braun become so great, why didn’t they help the other players named in yesterday’s report — Danny Valencia and Francisco Cervelli — be little more than replacement-level players for their careers?

It’s complex. Few among us are qualified to speak on it intelligently. Plunking our heads in the sand and wishing this issue away is naive – it isn’t going to happen. The issue continues to dominate the headlines, especially during this time of year with precious little to push it from the front pages.

Until the Anthony Bosch story is told in full and baseball turns the page on the latest ugly chapter, we better get used to hearing his name and reading names out of his notebooks. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

And the rest

Justin Upton, Giancarlo Stanton, Evan Longoria, Shane Victorino, and Brandon Phillips as Devo. Are they not men? [Eye on Baseball]

Let the wave of articles acting as though Chris Carpenter just died roll in! [Sweetspot]

John Lackey is just misunderstood, man. [Boston Globe]

Don’t expect the Cardinals to rush out and sign Kyle Lohse [MLB Trade Rumors]

Pitch F/X is not without flaws. Some Pitch F/X park factors [Beyond the Boxscore]

This is what Replacement Level looks like if you NAMED NAMES [Fangraphs]

Ramon Ramirez rejoins the SF Giants [CSN Bay Area]

The World Series Champs played a charity golf event at one of great shrines to the game, Pebble Beach. Check out the pants on Kruk!

Comments (6)

  1. I know I shouldn’t feel sorry for Braun but I kind of do. The “morality police” have been lying in wait for him since last year. They are going to be licking their lips this morning. Clearly Braun’s biggest mistake, along with the rest of the people named this week, was to associate himself with idiots. For people like Braun and A-Rod if you are going to explore certain options at least have the good sense to do so with the right people. Otherwise you are likely to get caught with your pants down

    • This Bosch operation really does seem pretty half-baked. About half of the players named so far were already caught in the last few years taking something (including Manny twice!).

  2. Conjunction Junction, what’s your function?

  3. The funny thing is that many of these reporters/writers moralizing about PEDs and demonizing those who use/have used in baseball are the same reporters/writers who glorified Miguel Cabrera a few months back. The lesson there, I guess, is drinking and driving is fine, but you sure as hell better not take synthetic testosterone to help yourself/your team! That crosses a moral line.

    I long for a future in which PEDs are both legal and allowed in baseball, but that future doesn’t look like it will be beginning any time soon.

  4. What baseball needs is more players like Valencia and Cervelli (scrubs) to test positive or at least be implicated. Inundating the public with a bunch of mediocre examples might just shift the perception of how much PEDs were responsible for the careers of the great players implicated.

  5. Given how upset Jeff Passan was about Albert Pujols’ “unprofessionalism” when he refused to talk to him after a playoff loss last year, it’s a bit ironic that he’s the one who revealed these new names. Being too upset to give stock quotes after a big game? Totally unacceptable. Implicating three men in a PED scandal and publicly tarnishing their reputations based on incredibly flimsy, circumstantial evidence? Nah brah, that’s totally fine.

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