Friday, December 14, 2007

Steroids? What are those?

I'm a big fan of Fire Joe Morgan, as most good baseball fans are. They are easily in the top ten sports blogs, and very close to the top. Even though the writers are Red Sox fans, their bias rarely comes out. After the release of the Mitchell Report on Steroids, however, they are in full blown gloating mode. They are very smug about some Yankees players as well as general enemies of Sox fans.

Here's the things, boys - your club knowing acquired players that were on or suspected of being on steroids.

Perhaps the dumber thing than taking someone with the taint of steroids is taking someone you think could very well suck. They didn't give up the bank for Gagne - the poorly named Kason Gabbard, a lefty with a good K/9 rate in the minors but iffy control, OF David Murphy, who put up good OBP and OPS numbers in 103 AB with Texas after the trade, and OF Engel(bert Humperdinck) Beltre, a teenager from the Dominican Republic who is either a baseball player or a sex slave. Nevertheless, the value the Red Sox got from Gagne was pretty much not even worth a ten year old Cuban, so as Dan Lamothe at Masslive asks, "why'd the Red Sox take the risk in the first place?"

Again, the Red Sox still went out and traded for players that they seriously suspected of being guilty of using illegal performance enhancing drugs.

Now, for a change, I'm not trying to kill the Red Sox. I think the Mitchell Report is kind of useless. It's not like we didn't know steroids were a problem. The only thing it really did was list the names of people who (allegedly) used, but Mitchell himself says the report was just to expose the problem, not the players, so that's not a legitimate argument. So then what was the point? I don't think the problem needed to be exposed, because it already was out there. According to some, the Mitchell Report didn't even present evidence of steroids being widespread.

Like I said, I'm not trying to kill the Red Sox. However, I am calling out FJM for being a little smug about the whole thing. Your organization was perfectly willing to accept players who cheated, and were willing to overlook those crimes in order to make Boston World Series contenders. It backfired with both players, as Donnelly needed surgery and Gagne sucked poutine out of a horse's ass, but Boston's intent was to use cheaters to win. They condoned it. Your team was willing to do anything to win, so you're not really in a place to judge or act morally superior.

With that said, it wouldn't surprise me if most or all MLB teams knew they were getting involved with players who used steroids. It will be curious to see how MLB plans to address that issue.

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