Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Fast Start

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The Mets have just improved their chances of getting off to a fast start next year, as "The Run Fairy" Felix Heredia has been suspended for the first 10 games of the season, for steroid use.

It just goes to prove that steroids, no matter how helpful they might be, can not make you a good pitcher on their own.

6 Comments:

Blogger moosesox said...

It is interesting that the only non-Latino players that have been caught using steroids are all on the Mariners (three in total). I don't know if that means anything, but it is interesting.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 5:00:00 PM  
Blogger Darlucky said...

maybe in seattle it's cool to "act Latin-American," and these guys think that's one way to do it.

seriously though, wonder if american born players are better at getting around it, or latin-american players have more access to stuff that someone tells them is clean, but then isn't...

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 5:32:00 PM  
Blogger Chill said...

or if maybe latin americans have a hard time understanding the (english) rules and have a tough time reading (english) supplement labels that would otherwise tell them to avoid certain supplments.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 6:13:00 PM  
Blogger Darlucky said...

I think the general rule is, 'dont' put anything into your body without clearing it with the trainer.'

I certainly think that there is some misunderstanding along the way. whether they miss the need to do that, whether the trainer doesn't communicate with them properly, or whether they go home in the offseason and take something they shouldn't.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 9:06:00 AM  
Blogger moosesox said...

A more major problem is that this market is very fast and loose in their home countries with little oversight. Even in the US, there is little oversight of what goes into supplements. And it is not a case of not being able to read the label, since anabolic steroids are a controlled substance, so one would hope that it is not advertised to contain one.

Also, do we know that the rules of baseball are not distributed in Spanish? I would be shocked if they aren', since it is a sizable population in MLB.

I think the real problems are:
A) Baseball players (regardless of race) are not always the most intelligent people, seeing how many of the best of them are drafted straight out of high school or JuCo, and they don't bother to learn the rules of baseball, or to even become a mature adult.

B) People aren't vetting their supplements through the trainer, particularly where a language barrier may exist and where the product may have been made outside of the US.

C) People are promised that drug X won't be detected, so they knowningly take it.

Problem A is not that great of a problem as far as specifically testing positive for steroids is concerned, but is a background problem which could lead to players making bad personal choices.

Problem B affects Latin players more than other groups, while problem C is brought about by cheaters, regardless of race.

So of the 11 players caught so far, I'm sure some of the Latin players were knowingly cheating, but a good number probably just weren't being careful enough.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:01:00 AM  
Blogger Sergio said...

It's not a big enough sample, guys. I think you're looking too much into this. (But if I had to vote, I'd go with Moosesox theory C.)

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:25:00 AM  

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