Re: Francisco Cervelli
posted at 3/21/2014 10:59 PM EDT
In response to ThatWasMe's comment:
In response to slasher9's comment:
In response to ThatWasMe's comment:
Too funny. milk shake Papi failed the MLB 2003 test
Papi the sacred cow. Common knowledge.
The facts behind the leaked lists from the 2003 test will always be unknown, save for the occasional trash-talking internet poster who claims to have all the facts.
The real problem with citing these as proof of anything is really that the accusers don’t even know what they do prove. Essentially, of course, the goal is to say “Your team only won because they cheat, not like my nice clean Yankees.” But prior to 2003, what rules were being broken?
MLB’s initial drug policy was put in place in the early 1990’s, but the original goal was to end baseball’s rampant cocaine problem. Their concerns became highlighted in 1983, when four members of the Kansas City Royals (Willie Wilson, Willie Aikens, Vida Blue and Jerry Martin) were sentenced to 3 months in prison during the offseason as part of a cocaine probe from the federal government. This incident, coupled with other notable transgressors including the oft-suspended Steve Howe, lead to the an MLB investigation to probe MLB drug usage. This investigation concluded in 1985 with the infamous Pittsburgh Drug Trials. Many players testified as to their own usage, highlights including members of the Pirates bullpen, notably Rod Scurry, citing they would go to the clubhouse during games to buy cocaine, and Tim Raines testimony that he kept glass vials of cocaine in his back pocket during games for use on the field, and as a result, would only slide head first so as not to break them.
So when MLB did come out with a drug policy, it essentially laid down their punishments for players caught with substances in violation of the Controlled Substance Act. They did specifically include the use of anabolic steroids, but more so because they were illegal and not so much because they were trying to rid the game of PEDs.
The 2003 testing was a survey to see if PEDs that were not part of the Controlled Substance Act were also an issue in MLB. Even at this time, many supplements were perfectly legal and allowed by MLB. In 1998, a story broke about Mark McGwire having possession of androstenodione in his locker. In 1998, not only was this not a violation of league policy, but andro was actually specifically named as an allowed substance in MLB (and was available over the counter in many stores, including GNC). Since then, andro has been re-classified as an anabolic steroid, and was added to the Controlled Substance act, making it banned from MLB as well. (And GNC.)
But where this leads is, prior to 2003, a lot more substances were allowed by MLB for their players, Singling out Papi as a user is not only a wild understatement, it ignores that he may not even have been breaking any rules. A lot of players used then, because they were allowed to. (And not using, or “playing naked” as it was referred to in MLB clubhouses, was frowned upon by some teammates.) Once the policy changed post-2003, many players had to change their habits. Some obviously did not, but that obviously accurate generalization offers nothing in the way of proof for any individual.
So citing Papi’s leaked test results from 2003 offers absolutely nothing regarding his use from that point onward. Even if it does someday prove accurate, it doesn’t mean he was breaking rules then (after all, what drug was it?), and does nothing to prove he or a lot of other players have broken any rules since…