When Chris Davis made his latest comments on Saturday at Camden Yards about performance-enhancing drugs in baseball, I asked him some questions I have been wondering about.
With more PED-related suspensions coming today, why don’t more players in baseball speak out against the cheaters? Why aren’t the clean players outraged that they are under suspicion because of others?
“I don’t expect guys to be who they are not,” Davis said. “If guys don’t feel comfortable saying anything, it’s not an easy subject to talk about. It’s a black eye for baseball.
“For me, I never thought that would ever come up. It’s something that never crossed my mind. The fact that it has and I’ve been so open, is a good thing for me and the team. But you can’t control what people will say. People don’t like you just because you wear an Orioles uniform and they are a Yankees fan or a Red Sox fan.”
Davis has repeatedly said he has not used PEDs or ever even thought about using them.
He was asked again over the weekend how he feels about being under suspicion this year and having to answer questions on this topic.
“There are a lot of things we do as athletes that fans don’t get to see,” Davis said. “The workouts, the offseason training. The amount of time we sacrifice away from our families to get in shape and to stay in shape.
“It’s an easy copout to assume that just because a guy is successful, that he is cheating. Everybody in this clubhouse has worked hard to be where they are at. But you can’t control what people think.
“I’m proud of, not only the way the season has gone for me and my team, but how hard everyone in here has worked. As sophisticated as our testing is, why would you even try?”
Davis has talked about MLB having the most stringent testing in professional sports. Yet, were it not for this Biogenesis story, it appears some players that are due to get suspensions may not have been caught.
“I don’t think anything is foolproof,” he said. “But they still caught whoever they caught, they still got them. I just think as hard as our testing is, as sophisticated as it is, why would you try? But I guess there is still people out there doing it. I’m not going to sit here and say I’m this golden child and I don’t make mistakes, but you have to draw a line somewhere.”
MLB press release: Here is the MLB press release which came out at 3 p.m. You will note that it states there were no violations of the drug program found concerning the Orioles Danny Valencia.
Major League Baseball issued the following discipline today for violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program in relation to the Biogenesis investigation. Players receiving 50-game suspensions without pay for their violations of the Program are:
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Antonio Bastardo
San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera
New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli
Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz
Padres pitcher Fautino De Los Santos, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A San Antonio Missions of the Texas League
Houston Astros pitcher Sergio Escalona, who is currently of the roster of the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League
Yankees outfielder Fernando Martinez, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the International League
Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League
Free agent pitcher Jordan Norberto
Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta
New York Mets outfielder Cesar Puello, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A Binghamton Mets of the Eastern League
Mets infielder/outfielder Jordany Valdespin, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League
Norberto’s suspension will be effective immediately once he signs with another Major League organization. All other suspensions are effective immediately. None of the players will appeal their discipline.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon and Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal, all of whom already have served 50-game suspensions as a result of their violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program stemming from their connections to Biogenesis, will not receive additional discipline.
Major League Baseball’s investigation found no violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by either Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez or Baltimore Orioles infielder Danny Valencia.
The A-Rod release: Here was the annoucement concerning Alex Rodriguez.
Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that third baseman Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 Championship Season and Postseason and the entire 2014 Championship Season for violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and the Basic Agreement.
Rodriguez’s discipline under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program is based on his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including Testosterone and human Growth Hormone, over the course of multiple years. Rodriguez’s discipline under the Basic Agreement is for attempting to cover-up his violations of the Program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation. The suspension, which will become effective on Thursday, August 8th, will cover 211 Championship Season games and any 2013 Postseason games in which Rodriguez otherwise would have been eligible to play.
Under the terms of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Rodriguez’s suspension will be stayed until the completion of his appeal if Rodriguez files a grievance challenging his discipline.