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PostPosted: Wed 5/4/16 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, back to the "good guy" who was caught, here's what Dylan Hernandez wrote in the Times over the weekend:

"How a Good Guy like Dee Gordon Turned into a Villain"

When Miami Marlins Manager Don Mattingly spoke to reporters about Dee Gordon’s 80-game drug suspension for the first time, he didn’t sound irritated, as he often does when questioned about something unpleasant.

Mattingly was heartbroken. You could see it in his eyes, hear it in his voice.

“I feel like he’s one of my kids, to be honest with you,” said Mattingly, who also managed Gordon with the Dodgers.

Mattingly almost certainly wasn’t alone. Gordon would be likable in any segment of society, but his personality especially stood out in baseball, where a number of players are self-absorbed and emotionally underdeveloped. The mistake was in thinking someone like this would be above cheating.

Gordon’s positive test was a reminder of an uncomfortable truth about human nature, which is that everyone has a price. With millions of dollars at stake, it would be incredibly naïve to think only the complete scoundrels would cheat. Offer a reward that’s extreme enough and it will compromise even the most admirable of constitutions.

Even Gordon’s, evidently.

Gordon is one of the warmest and most polite players in his sport, which in and of itself says a lot about who he is. He lost his mother when he was 6 —she was murdered by a boyfriend — and could have become bitter or downcast. He had the fortitude instead to develop a consistently upbeat persona.

Some players with positive images are friendly in front of television cameras but nowhere else. Others are selective with whom they interact, engaging primarily with those who can enhance their public profiles.

Gordon never displayed that kind of cynicism. He traded jokes and talking about sneakers with Japanese reporters who never wrote about him. He never attempted to magnify his status by pretending not to know someone’s name.

So when Gordon emerged as a star last year in the wake of his trade to the Marlins, almost everyone in the game was delighted for him. He topped the National League in both hitting and steals, becoming the first player to do so since Jackie Robinson in 1949.

One of the good guys had won.

But now this happened.

Gordon inflicted further damage to his reputation Friday when he released a statement saying he didn’t know how anabolic steroids entered his system, which is baseball’s equivalent of the-dog-ate-my-homework excuse.

If Gordon could cross that invisible line separating the players who don’t cheat from the ones who do, what would stop anyone else?

Fair or not, everyone is now a suspect.

If the past decade dispelled myths about what a steroid user’s body should look like, Gordon’s suspicion did the same for what a steroid user’s personality profile should be.

And, really, as disappointing as it is, it shouldn’t be a surprise.

It was only two years ago that Gordon went to spring training as a player without a place on the Dodgers roster. Displaced by Hanley Ramirez as the starting shortstop, he had spent the majority of the previous season in the minor leagues. His existence as a professional athlete was in danger.

Gordon is now in the first year of a five-year, $50-million contract. His suspension will cost him only $1.6 million.

Provided he didn’t start using drugs this year, his decision to run afoul the rules was a no-brainer of business decision.

The last time I saw Andrew Friedman, I jokingly introduced him to someone as “the guy who traded Dee Gordon.”

I suppose I should take this opportunity to apologize to Friedman, as well as Dodgers General Manager Farhan Zaidi, who had to listen to me make wisecracks about Gordon over the last however many months.

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PostPosted: Thu 5/12/16 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Raul Mondesi, Jr. is the latest to be suspended for violation of PED policy.
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PostPosted: Thu 6/2/16 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And now, Marlon Byrd...for a full season.
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PostPosted: Thu 8/25/16 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see it was not posted about, but there was news last week about Ryan Howard being cleared.
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PostPosted: Tue 4/18/17 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the first bump for the 2017 season!--Pirates CF Starling Marte has been suspended for 80 games. Big blow for the Bucs.
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PostPosted: Tue 4/18/17 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu 4/20/17 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From Sports on Earth: fact vs. fiction.
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PostPosted: Tue 3/20/18 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two more big suspensions, Bonifacio and Polanco.
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PostPosted: Tue 5/15/18 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And now, Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has been suspended for 80 games.

Seriously...???
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PostPosted: Fri 5/18/18 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder what it is that makes these guys think they do not have to check to be absolutely sure, with their agent like they are advised. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu 5/24/18 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And now it's Welington Castillo! The White Sox catcher has been suspended for 80 games for use of a banned substance.

The beat goes on...
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PostPosted: Wed 3/27/19 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I noticed that this thread had had no updates since last May.

Perhaps it's not as timely, but it should be noted that RHP Steven Wright of the world champion Red Sox was suspended for PED use, for 80 games.
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PostPosted: Sat 6/22/19 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have not followed the Red Sox much this season other to know they struggled in the first couple of months. So I am not sure what happened with Wright, as that was 4 months ago.

Oakland RHP Frankie Montas was just suspended 80 games for testing positive for a banned substance that was something he got over the counter - link from mlb.com
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PostPosted: Tue 6/25/19 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's going to hurt them, too because he was pitching really well.
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PostPosted: Tue 2/18/20 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know, I really need to update the suspensions of the last couple of months...

As if things aren't bad enough for the Astros, minor league RHP Francis Martes has now received a second suspension, this time for the 2020 season.
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PostPosted: Fri 3/6/20 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Free agent RHP Victor Alcantara has been suspended for 80 games...although I guess it doesn't really affect him if he isn't signed.
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PostPosted: Thu 7/23/20 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oops! This is last month's news, but I'm doing my best housecleaning as I get ready for the season opener tonight.

Pirates RHP/reliever Edgar Santana has been suspended for 80 games, and this follows a season in which he sat out recovering from TJ surgery.
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PostPosted: Fri 11/20/20 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, short season or not this year, Mets second baseman Robinson Cano has now been suspended for the full season of 2021 (assuming that much takes place) for testing positive for Stanozolol.
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PostPosted: Sat 7/31/21 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! This guy can't seem to get it right no matter what. Mariners LHP Hector Santiago has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for testosterone, which comes on the heels of another infraction.

From the linked article:

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Santiago had just returned from a 10-game suspension Tuesday for using a grip-enhancing substance while pitching in a June 27 game in Chicago against the White Sox, a sanction that he appealed and lost.


Well, it also notes that he is not appealing this suspension.

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PostPosted: Sat 7/31/21 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A very smart move! Lol
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PostPosted: Sat 8/7/21 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now, it's Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano who's been suspended for 80 games! Not a good thing to have happen to a key player going down the stretch run.
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PostPosted: Sun 8/8/21 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another one who was caught by surprise! I guess everyone was blindsided.
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PostPosted: Tue 4/5/22 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First PED suspensions of the year have been handed down by MLB. There were 4 players involved with 80 game bans. Here's a link from CBS Sports.
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PostPosted: Tue 5/17/22 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to CBS Sports, Orioles pitcher Matt Harvey has been suspended for 60 games for his part in the Tyler Skaggs saga, distribution of a banned substance. Here's the link.
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PostPosted: Fri 8/12/22 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh my. I feel for our resident Padre fan. Sad El Niño has been suspended 80 games for a banned substance. Exclamation

They were so close to getting him back for the first time this year. How could this happen!
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PostPosted: Fri 8/12/22 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't want to pile on. But either he's not very well-advised, or he doesn't listen to advice. This is not good, for either the Padres, or for baseball. MLB has been grooming him to become the "face of" Major League Baseball because of his stunning level of talent, and his youth. That long contract isn't looking so good right about now. Sorry, Cath. I'm not saying that in a sarcastic manner--I really looked forward to seeing the Padres play at full strength this season and was welcoming the challenge he could present.
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PostPosted: Sun 8/14/22 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK I am here again. Thinking a lot about this and how I would discuss it, and realizing the team will move forward without him and is still in line for a playoff spot. I am beyond disappointed. I feel like for someone with so much talent, we extended a lot of trust to him and invested a huge amount to lock him up, and he has burned that trust. He is going to have a lot of time to think about how to grow up. Juan Soto is the same age, and he seems a lot more mature. Until next year, I will not be thinking much about El Niño. Most fans are outraged, and most in the organization are on record saying how disappointed they were in his poor judgment.
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