If It Walks Like A Duck And Quacks Like A Duck Then It Ought To Be A Duck ……… !

If It Walks Like A Duck And Quacks Like A Duck Then It Ought To Be A Duck ……… !

The stupidity and lack of intelligence shown by today’s athletes never ceases to amaze me, even from the college ranks on upwards ! We ought to expect it somewhat from high schoolers , as their minds and bodies have yet to reach maturity. But what does it say in this day and age about many of the highly paid stars within the professional ranks ? Needless to say, many of these numb skulls once they’ve ran afoul of the law from their own sheer stupidity , they tend to apportion the blame elsewhere for their own actions. Prime example, the idiocy shown by golfer Tiger Woods after the fallout from his extra marital affairs. What other moron would have the temerity to apportion the blame initially, at the hands of the press ? Hey Tiger, when last we heard from the several ‘skanks’ that you had sex with, the press wasn’t there writing down every word spoken during your sexual trysts. Grow up and act like you’ve got a pair !

Former Sen. George Mitchell and baseball commissioner Bud Selig announce steroid investigation at MLB offices in New York, March 30, 2006.   photo  appears  courtesy  of   Associated  Press /  Preston  Hargrove ...............
Former Sen. George Mitchell and baseball commissioner Bud Selig announce steroid investigation at MLB offices in New York, March 30, 2006. photo appears courtesy of Associated Press / Preston Hargrove ...............

In Tuesday’s sports section of USA Today ran a piece concerning five major league stars caught in the midst of the steroid scandal and the fact that their names were part of the 104 mentioned in the now infamous ‘Mitchell Report’ . If ever there was a situation concocted by Major League Baseball (MLB) that showed little transparency if any. Then the ‘Mitchell Report’ was it !

Courtesy of USA Today

The ’07 Mitchell Report’s effect: Five active players reflect

By Bob Nightingale, Jorge L. Ortiz & Paul White of USA Today

It was, and probably still is, baseball’s darkest day this century. When the Mitchell Report detailing performance-enhancing drug use was released Dec. 13, 2007, old wounds were reopened and new sins exposed. There remain 10 active players —Jack Cust, Brendan Donnelly, Eric Gagne, Matt Herges, Paul Lo Duca, Andy Pettitte, Brian Roberts, Miguel Tejada, Ron Villone and Gregg Zaun— whose connections to performance-enhancing drugs were brought to light that day. USA TODAY caught up with five of them:

JACK CUST | MIGUEL TEJADA | MATT HERGES | GREGG ZAUN

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ERIC GAGNE: ‘I I let people down’

Eric Gagne looks back at his chapter in the Mitchell Report and the height of the steroid era with both guilt and regret.

After spending a rejuvenating 2009 season playing independent ball in his native Canada, the 2003 National League Cy Young Award winner is trying to return to the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

This spring, he has acknowledged to the Los Angeles Times what the Mitchell Report alleged: that he used human growth hormone during part of his stint with the Dodgers from 1999 to 2006.

“I said a long time ago I regretted the whole thing,” Gagne said without getting into specifics. “It’s unfortunate it happened, but it happened. You can’t change it. It’s going to be in my résumé for the rest of my life.”

Gagne, who converted a major league-record 84 consecutive save opportunities, said he endured verbal harassment from fans. Much worse was his own guilt.

“I felt like I let people down,” Gagne said. “It wasn’t really fun the last three years, being hurt and then the Mitchell Report. So that’s why I went over there (to play independent ball in Quebec City) and really had fun.”

Gagne looks considerably slimmer than in his heyday, although he said he had only lost 7-8 pounds. He said a larger good came out of the Mitchell Report.

“This wasn’t really about me,” Gagne said. “It’s more about baseball, and I think they’ve done everything in their power to make it right.”

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Bob DuPuy , President & COO of Major League Baseball (MLB) and Commissioner, Bud Selig . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Hugh Daniels ................
Bob DuPuy , President & COO of Major League Baseball (MLB) and Commissioner, Bud Selig . photo appears courtesy of Associated Free Press & Getty Images/Tim Sloan ...

Each of the five players mentioned in the piece written by Bob Nightingale, Jorge Ortiz and Paul White of USA Today, granted the journalists an interview, that in some ways was succinct . However , it also became clear that they felt that MLB was at fault, in the way with which the investigation had been conducted. Nonetheless, it can’t hide the fact that in each case , Eric Gagne , Jack Cust , Matt Herges , Miguel Tejada and Gregg Zaun broke the rules of of the game by using what was at the time a banned substance. Far be it for me to suggest that these players weren’t completely aware as to what they were doing , nor were they not aware as to the ramifications of their actions. But this all goes to show how entitled athletes feel that they ought to be when they views themselves above the laws of the land and untouchable by those very laws that are meant to govern us all. A fact that appears to be lost on them, as well as their own union hierarchy led by MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner but not on the general public.

If Major League Baseball (MLB) wanted to show some real transparency when the investigation and inquiries were ongoing then why would Commissioner Bud Selig choose ‘someone with ties’ to the game ? In choosing former Senator George Mitchell (D-Maine), who is also a Director and board member of the Boston Red Sox , he chose in part to make sure that this investigation would be conducted in such a manner that any questions arising from it could not be treated with any veracity , other than what was stated via Mitchell and those subordinated under him to assist in the inquiry. He could’ve chosen someone from outside the realms of the game but someone who had a unique insight of the game but also the law. A retired federal court judge would’ve been more preferable than an insider ! Clearly a better choice than Mitchell could’ve been made. But Selig must have been impressed by the former Senator’s resume’ and the fact that as a diplomat under Bill Clinton reign as President, he presided over the peace negotiations between the Protestants and Catholics over the unrest in Northern Ireland. On a bye-note, much of the violence that took place under the auspices of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) would never have taken place if such conduits of the IRA weren’t welcomed here in the United States and allowed to visit both legislative houses of the US Government , be allowed free rein to raise countless millions of dollars, to impart its reign of terror on innocent civilians , police officers, and members of the British military. Having served with the British Royal Marines in Belfast during some of the unrest. I saw first hand what the IRA were capable of. And I lost several comrades in combat against the terrorist organization. If you thought that only the Taliban and Al-Qaeda were capable of heinous atrocities against the military and innocent civilians and bystanders, then think again. As the IRA were ‘masters of such atrocities’ long before Al Qaeda or the Taliban ever came into being.

Mitchell’s report apportions much of the blame at the door of the ‘players’ , the union (MLBPA) but none of it where it quite rightly belongs, upon the shoulders of the owners , coaches , managers and most definitely upon the MLB hierarchy and in particular on Bud Selig and MLB President & COO Bob DuPuy . This report was as contrived as it could get. And it certainly hasn’t set aside the notion that the league is still in a mess and being ran by bunch of bumbling oafs !

And to add more fuel to the fire, with each passing phase of the return to the game of Mark McGwire as the hitting instructor for the St Louis Cardinals and his relationship with Cardinals’ manager Tony La Russa . Their relationship stemming back from McGwire’s days as a player alongside former teammate Jose Canseco and when La Russa was manager of the Oakland Athletics . One must now find it hard to believe that La Russa as the manager of the team, was completely unaware and failed to to take notice of what was allegedly going on in the A’s locker room with both Canseco and McGwire. Canseco in his candid disclosure, publicly as well as in his book, made it clear that ‘both he and McGwire took steroids purely for personal gain’. La Russa missing what even a child couldn’t have failed to have noticed is still in denial and his own culpability in this all has to come into question. So too must the integrity of all of the major league managers within the game , where players on their teams were known to be using steroids and other banned substances. But that’s what baseball does nowadays , hides behind ‘the veil of stupidity’ and then acts circumspect as if they’ve now they’ve begun to ‘see the light’ !

Courtesy of Associated Press & Yahoo Sports

Mets’ Beltran confirms meeting with feds

By Jay Cohen , AP Sports Writer

Port St Lucie , Fla. (AP)—Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran talked to federal investigators last week about a Canadian doctor accused of selling an unapproved drug and said he recommended the physician to teammate Jose Reyes.

Beltran went to Toronto last summer seeking Dr. Anthony Galea’s opinion on his bruised right knee, the All-Star said Tuesday. He worked with Galea for a month and felt better following a rehab program, but his knee regressed when he went home to Puerto Rico.

“I have nothing to worry (about), nothing to hide,” Beltran said. “I just went there for an opinion for my knee.”

Galea is facing four charges in Canada related to the drug known as Actovegin, which is extracted from calf’s blood and used for healing. His assistant also has been charged in the U.S. for having HGH and another drug while crossing the border in September.

Investigators talked to Reyes last week. New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said Monday that he had been contacted about the probe.

Galea is known for using a blood-spinning technique—platelet-rich plasma therapy—designed to speed recovery from injuries. Among the athletes he has treated are golfer Tiger Woods, swimmer Dara Torres and several NFL players.

The New York Times reported on its Web site Tuesday that authorities wanted to speak with Beltran and former Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado because another athlete said he was referred to Galea by the stars.

Beltran confirmed he recommended Galea to Reyes.

“When I was out, Reyes was one of the guys that was out also,” he said, adding he told his teammate, “Reyes, give it a try. He helped with other athletes.”

“So Reyes at the same time put his agent in contact with the doctor and they were in contact with the team,” he said.

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New York Mets' Jose Reyes, right, congratulates Carlos Beltran (15) as he returns to the dugout after hitting a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 16, 2008. Both   Beltran  and  Reyes  have been  recently  interviewed  by  the  FBI  concerning  their  association   with  Dr  Anthony  Galea,  the  subject  of  an  ongoing  criminal  probe  by  the  FBI  and  Justice  Dept  as  well  as  Canadian  law  enforcement  officials.  photo  appears courtesy  of  Associated Press/  Matt  Richards   .......
New York Mets' Jose Reyes, right, congratulates Carlos Beltran (15) as he returns to the dugout after hitting a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 16, 2008. Both Beltran and Reyes have been recently interviewed by the FBI concerning their association with Dr Anthony Galea, the subject of an ongoing criminal probe by the FBI and Justice Dept as well as Canadian law enforcement officials. photo appears courtesy of Associated Press/ Matt Richards .......

New York Mets’ players Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran have both been recently subjected to questioning by the FBI at the behest of the Justice Department into their ongoing investigation of Dr Anthony Galea. The doctor has been the subject of an ongoing probe by the FBI in conjunction with the use of the drug Actovegin and for the cross border transportation of ‘HGH’ (human growth hormone) into the United States. With the ongoing investigation and its tentacles now spreading beyond baseball and the very fact that PGA golfer Tiger Woods is known to have consulted with Galea . Which may well lead everyone to now be suspicious of Woods , in more ways than one. It has to be said that not only has baseball been negligent in dealing with its ongoing steroid problem but the PGA Tour, its board members and Commissioner Tim Finchem may well need to address the issue head on, apart from having already instigated a ‘drug testing policy’ for the Tour. Players have come forward welcoming that fact. But what does it say about the game when its number one player is not only embroiled in a somewhat nasty personal situation but may well now become embroiled in a far more reaching probe concerning the prohibitive use of a substance ?

Woods for his part has yet to be interviewed by law enforcement , nor has he made a public statement concerning his association with Dr Galea. But if the dominoes should start to fall and he’s somehow embroiled in this all. Then ‘he’ might as well shut down his PGA golf career once and for all ! At present there’s nothing to suggest that Woods, Beltran or Reyes have done anything illegal. But the perception is there for all to see and guilt merely by association , tends to stick when it involves something as serious as the illegal use of a banned substance.

Tiger  Woods   flexes  his right  bicep  muscle .  That's   one  muscle  he's been using a  little  less lately,   as  it's   been about  the  use  of a  muscle  in  his pelvic  area.    Way  to  go  Tiger   ,   keep  on  swinging  away  ...  if  you  know  what  I mean  ?   photo appears  courtesy  of  Getty  Images/   Phil  Matthews  .................
Tiger Woods flexes his right bicep muscle . That's one muscle he's been using a little less lately, as it's been about the use of a muscle in his pelvic area. Way to go Tiger , keep on swinging away ... if you know what I mean ? photo appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Phil Matthews .................

Given the fact that an athletes tends to strenuously deny any wrongdoing on their part even when there’s clear evidence that something untoward has taken place. It’ll be very interesting to see what the response may well be from Woods , should the subject be broached by either a member of the press or the public alike dependent upon the arena present. He was reticent to let his guard down before but now that his ‘dirty laundry’ is out soiled , tarnished and shall we say ‘ downright nasty’ ? What else would now ‘surprise us about Woods or anything else concerning the game of baseball’ ? I mean “………… If It Walks Like A Duck And Quacks Like A Duck Then It Ought To Be A Duck ……… ! Doesn’t It ? Or Is It Merely A Case of Rushing To Judgment On Our Part ? Given the circumstances and the chain of events that have taken place what’s your opinion on it all ?

Alan Parkins aka tophatal …………..

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It’s The Gift That Keeps On Ticking , Ticking And Just Keeps On Givin, Otherwise Known As Basball’s Dirty Little Secret ………

It’s  The Gift  That  Keeps  On Ticking , Ticking  And  Just   Keeps  On  Giving  ,  Otherwise  Known  As  Baseball’s  Dirty  Little  Secret  .

 

 

 

 

Well   now  that  the   World   Baseball  Classic  has  past. And   it has  no  doubt  faded  off   long  into  the  memories  of    most.  Especially   considering   the   United  States’  team’s    ever  so   disastrous   efforts   in the   tournament.    Now  I’m   not   going  to  lament   on  what  went   wrong  there.  As  it’s   best   left  to the  likes  of   Tommy  LaSorda.    He  knows   better  than   most    how   ineffectual   the  team  actually  was. 

 

 

Former Senator  George  Mitchell  and  Major  League Baseball  Commissioner  Allan 'Bud'  Selig  seen  here   at the  announcement   that  the   announcement  the   reported   investigation   known as The Mitchell Report  has  reached  its  culmination.
Sen. George Mitchell (foreground) and Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan 'Bud' Selig seen here announcing that the conducted investigation into steroid use within the game known as The Mitchell Report had reached its culmination . The contents of which haven't been readily made for public consumption. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Patrick Rycroft ..............

 

 

 

It’s   now  coming    more  the   fore   as  to  how  much   of  a  conflict   and  corruption  there now   is  when   it  comes  to   recruiting    young   players   from the  Caribbean  and   the  South  American   continent   into the  major  leagues.  So   much   so   that   even   when  The Mitchell Report  touched   on the  matter  it  was  somewhat   ignored.   Those  of  who  were   interested as  to  the  content   of  the  report   were    primarily   concerned as  to  what  it  have   to  say  with  regard  to  the   players   involved   in  the   steroid  abuse   scandal. 

 

 

 

 

That   situation   in   of itself   continues   unabated  and   it  hasn’t   helped  that  the   game’s   biggest  star   Alex  Rodriguez   has   admitted   to  using   steroids.  And   whilst  the  player  has   offered   what   one  would   deem  a  contrite   apology   to  the   fans ,  public  ,  his   teammates  and  the    New York  Yankees  organization.   The   latest   rumors    surrounding  the   player   only  exacerbates  the   situation  even  further .  Added  to  the   fact  that  he’s   lost  to  the  team  before   the   regular  season  begins   due   injury  and   surgery.

 

 

Alex  Rodriguez (right)  along  with  Yankees' GM Brian  Cashman (center)  and  the  team's  manager Joe Girardi.
Alex Rodriguez (right) seen here alongside Yankees' GM Brian Cashman (center) and team manager Joe Girardi. All three are there at George Stennbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. Where the player made his public statement announcing his use of steroids. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Al Messerschmidt .............

 

 

This   has   become   nothing   but  an    unmitigated  disaster    for  Major  League  Baseball.  Their   effort to   try   and   clean  up  the  game  has  been  about  as  effective   as   throwing   a   half   empty  kerosene  gas  can   into  fire   thinking  that   nothing   will  actually  happen.  And  with  evidence  now   swirling   around  that  young   players   in  particularly   from  the  Dominican  Republic   have   been   used  as   pawns   in    the  deceptive  practice   of  enticing   big  league    teams   to    pay  exorbitant   sums   of  money  in  terms   of a  signing   bonus  to  effectively   have  a  player   sign  with  them.    It   only  adds     further     to a  percolating    pot  of  misdeed  and    plain   ineptitude    within  the   upper  ranks   of  the game’s   hierarchy.     And  it   certainly   hasn’t    helped  that    officials    from  within   some   of  the  major    organizations   might   well   have  been   involved  are   infact  implicated  in  payoffs to  the  buscones /agents (facilitators)  who    offer  the  players   to  the   teams.

 

 

Esmailyn Gonzalez  as  he's  known  the  Washington Nationals  but  the  player's  actual  given  birth  name  is  Carlos Alvarez  Daniel  Lugo.  He's  seen  here  signed  as a  top prospect   with  then  coach  Frank  Robinson.
Esmailyn Gonzalez as he's known to the Washington Nationals. But whose given and birth name is actually Carlos Daniel Alvarez Lugo. The player seen here with then coach Frank Robinson was signed as a top prospect by the team. picture appears courtesy of ap/ Victor Matthews ..............

 

 

 

 

This   all   emanated  from  the  Esmailyn Gonzalez  scandal  that  exploded    with  the   player   having   signed   with  the  Washington  Nationals. Not   only  had   the   player’s   birth  certificate   been    falsified   with   regards   to   his   age.   But   a  large   amount   of   money  exchanged   hands   between  the   team   ,  the   player   in   terms   of  his   signing   bonus.  But   also    with   the   agent   getting   his   cut.  It’s   believed  that   also  several  of   the  Nationals’ own  staff    profited   from  this    by  way   of   a   cut   from   the  money   that  was    paid  to   the  player.  It’s   not    uncommon   for   this   to   happen  within  the  lower   echelons  of   organization   if  it’s   deemed  to  be  happening  amongst  a  team’s   scouting   staff.    But    what    makes  this  all   so   unpalatable   is   that  it   is  believed  that   in  the   case   of  Gonzalez  .  It   may  have   involved  the   team’s   general  manager  at the  time  Jim  Bowden  and   his special  assistant   Jose Rijo .   And  while   both    are   no    longer  with   the   team with   Rijo   having    been   fired  and  Bowden   re-signing    while   proclaiming   his  innocence  as   to   any   wrongdoing.   The   facts   speak   for  themselves     as   very    little   was   done   to   verify  the   player’s  records.  Much   less  they, themselves    conducting   their  own  internal investigation.

 

 

Nationals' principal  owner  Stan  Kasten .
Washington Nationals' principal owner Stan Kasten. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Paul Thornton ..................

 

 

 

 

While  on  appearance  this  may   not   seem   a   serious   transgression.  Consider the  fact   once    money   was   pocketed   by   anyone   within  the  organization   who  wasn’t  entitled  to it.  It   then  becomes  a  federal  offense   and   as   such  is  indictable     by   law.   And  with   the  FBI   now   conducting   its  own  investigation    into   what  it   is   believed  to  now   be  a   widespread   practice   throughout   the   league.  One   has  to   ask  the   question.    What   is   going   on     behind   the  closed   doors   of   Major   League  Baseball  and   its   franchises   ?  If  there’s  now  that  much    widespread    corruption   from  the   top  down  then   surely   the   game’s  own   hierarchy    ought  to  be  looked  at  as  well  ? 

 

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