Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Brandons Appear to Complete Giants All-PED Opening Lineup


Saturday, March 30, 2013

'Dodgers can't buy chemistry' was the big quote from the lips of San Francisco Giants'
starting first baseman,  Brandon Belt, earlier this year.

Moving ahead to 2014 and the first one game playoff against Pittsburg, the Brandons seemed to have no problem leading the way, accounting for all the runs. Especially interesting after Belt has been out until this recently and had no practice games, and Crawford was only hitting .220 until his  typical Giant sudden spurt to .250! 

Funny thing is that the Giants DO have chemistry on their side,
but a lot of it comes in a bottle and syringe. Belt's confounding 8 spring homers is more
than his  ENTIRE 2012 season output! On top of that , he almost doubled his batting average,
 from .275 to .457!   Yes, we know it's spring training but still, that's
when the pitchers are often ahead of the hitters - and no other Giant hit more than four homers
(Pablo)... just another piece of wonderment on the Giants. One may not have concrete
evidence but there's sure got to be questions. And this, in light of Belt's muffled 'no'-comments about
the suspension and loss of Melky Cabrera last year...

As for the other Brandon, Crawford, he also raised his batting average  100 points this
spring training vs last season and doubled his slugging percentage with 10 extra base hits.
Note that he has also become mentored and good friends with Marco Scutaro, last seasons
most likely non-caught user of PEDs; Scuatro also raised his average 100 points just
after coming to the Giants from Colorado last season and likely has passed on some of 
his 'knowledge' to at least this Brandon, much like Melky passed it onto his fellow
venezuelan when Scutaro first joined the Giants, midseason 20120, prior to Cabrera's

As for Scutaro, who's numbers WERE actually down in spring training, it may be due to
injuries, or , maybe he is saving himself for the season.

The fact of the matter is that , with this new knowledge about the Brandon brothers - who heretofore  we thought and hoped to be clean - virtually every Giant, it would appear from suddenly increased numbers and fewer strikeouts,   starting player has probably used or is using PEDs (performance enhancing drugs). Perhaps the Brandons were under too much pressure to reach that potential that had long gone unfulfilled.   No heavyscience here, just too many questions. And, combine this with some real science and numbers - 
see  -  and read all the posts form last year and together you've got a mountain of evidence that points the Giants  further advancing a  the PED tradition that began over a decade ago with Barry Bonds where now likely every starter but probably Posey has likely used or is using PEDs. Only the names have changed, in our opinion..

So, now the starting lineup is secure of PED players, either former users or current...
with Buster Posey the only player  unlikely  using...
probably so squeaky clean he doesn't even know the others have been or are using - and now
his unheard of nine year contract...

PS Don't you love the way the Giants go out and try to nail down nearly every starting player
to long term contracts, especially with their track record  , going back
to Rennie Stennett and even Orlando Cepeda for Ray Sedeki... Aaron Rowand, Huff, Zito
(even though he's redeemed himself the past season after four bad ones @ $20K per, etc..

Friday, September 19, 2014


9th Circuit Court Could Overturn Barry Bonds 2011 Perjury Conviction, Make Him A Free Man - Would Baseball Suffer? 


After years of legal wranglings -- and many more years of apparent steroid use to enhance  his and the  San Francisco Giants' numbers and records - Barry Bonds may soon be free of  illegal convictions.  

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Watch the latest 9th Circuit Court of appeals  opening session regarding the Bonds appeal to overturn his 2011 conviction.         The 11-judge  federal  9th U.S.Circuit Court of Appeals gave signs of overturning Bonds' 2011 'obstructing of justice' conviction.  9th Circuit Judge William Fletcher told assistant U.S.assistant attorney Merry Jean Chan that he found her reading of obstuction of justice 'alarming.'   A majority of the 9th Circuit's 29 ful-time judges voted to consider Bonds' bid to overturn  his felony conviction which stems from a jury finding that he gave evasive answers to a federal grand jury probling the BALCO steroids candal in December 2003.

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Bonds  'Rambling, Evasive Answers' 

The judges  indicated that Bonds' 'rambling, evasive' answers  to a question  about whether his fomer personal trainer, Greg Anderson, had ever supplied or injected im with steroids were not necessarily evasive despite their  rambling nature.   Chan told the judges that Bonds'testimony was designed to obstruct the BALCO investigation.  Last year  a three-judge 9th Circuit panel rejected Bond's  legal arguments that he was convicted of simply providing a rambling answer that did not amount to a crime.  The judges found the testimony 'evasive'and 'misleading' .  But, the 9th Circuit is one of the most liberal and lenient courts in the country, and that they would take back the case indicates that they could  overturn the previous verdict, leaving Bonds technically innocent of any crimes;no doubt Bonds is trying to do as Roger Clemens,  who successfully appealed a similar steroid case against


 If this were to happen, it would make for a dark day and further cloud over baseball, that a player like Bonds, who, technically admitted to using steroids by saying he thought it was 'flaxseed,' could apparently get away with using performance enhancing drugs for more than a decade.  Bonds broke Henry Aaron's career homer record  by hitting more more than 40 homers after the age of 30, after only hitting as many as 40 once prior to that .  Significant body changes to Bonds mirrored those years, yet Bonds was not challenged really challenged about PED usage 2004 when he admitted to using 'the cream and the clear,' saying that he thought it was told it was flaxseed oil,  in  the BALCO investigation. Meanwhile, his personal trainer, Anderson, would spend two rounds of more than a year in jail rather than testify in the case.  Bonds could have been convicted on a number of other counts, also involving 'rambling'  answers including his purpurted 'disadvantage' being a 'celebrity child with a famous father' (Bobby Bonds, a star for the Giants in the late 60s and early 70s) but the jury deadlocked on other counts.      

 Bonds - More than a Simple 'Evasive' Answer? 

  On the surface, Barry Bond's attorney, Dennis Riordan  is claiming that an evasive answer to a question doesn't necessarily have to be  a crime.  When you strip away everything else, that may sound true. Yet, with all the additional Bonds 'baggage' one has to wonder, if Bonds is not at least guilty of this single count - he never was charged for using 'the cream and the clear,' admittedly illegal drugs - one has to ask what does it take to convict ?  Bonds went on to continue playing baseball another three years after the 2004 testimony.   The Mitchell Report did seemed to help bring an end to the careers of many, including Bonds, Sammy Sosa, McGwire.   Bonds remains a 'hero' in his hometown of San Francisco, where he was invited back this year as an hitting instructor for the Giants in spring training.  Today, even though perhaps lax MLB drug testing has not caught anyone of late, it's likely that neither the Mitchell Investigation or last year's Biogenesis 'lead' have done much to curtail the use of PEDs in baseball. Balco's Victor Conte and others have guestimated that upwards of 50% of players are still using , which might be indicated in continuing heighted numbers, especially among pitchers with lowered ERAs.  


  HALL OF FAME CREDENTIALS?  People debate whether purported PED players like Bonds should make the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Without PEDs, there's some question whether Bonds REALLY had the numbers...   Though Bonds was not prosecuted for his purported use of PEDs, it's interesting to note that Bonds never hit more than 36 homeruns in a year, nor  did he hit over .300 but twice - until he came to the San Francisco Giants in 1993, when he had  his best year by far (.336 and 46 homers)- certainly not Hall of Fame numbers, contrary to  peoples'  belief - people who have probably not looked at the numbers (below). Once in San Francisco, Bonds seemed to get better with age, hitting 73 homers in 2001 and lead leaguing .370 the following year at 37, an age when most players have retired.      

  barry bonds career  As seen in the chart above,  Bonds 'only' had a .275 average in his 7 years at Pittsburg and 176 homers. If these numbers were extrapolated over the next 15 years, Bonds would have finished with 525 homeruns - far short of the lifetime homerun record (and that's assuming he'd be averaging 25 homeruns a year  in his late 30s sans PEDs - and if he'd even be playing in his 40s. .

      Meanwhile, baseball attendance continues to do well, especially in San Francisco , which has had over 200 straight 'sellouts,'  a somewhat controversial figure in itself.  Former Commissioner of Baseball leaves claiming baseball is 'cleaner than ever'with the best drug testing in all sports.  Most younger fans , who've grown up under the PED cloud,  don't know any other way enough to care - but older fans , who probably know better, seem to also be turning a blind eye - especially in San Francisco where their hero, Bonds, performed a full 15 years, effectively making PEDs acceptable.  Rarely does one hear a boo from the stands as all seems fine and dandy in San Francisco - and many other baseball corners. Yet,  deep down, true older fans, who have seen REAL baseball going back to the Mays and McCovey days in cold Candlestick Park, must look at themeselves in the mirror as current baseball fans are a part and parcel of, the degradation of the game -admit it or not.  Baseball today is about money, numbers -and, yes, drugs. Talent is no longer a given - one must guess whether a player is on PEDs or not, or not care - and, if the latter, is the case, what's the point ?

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Doping in Sports? #SFGiants Peavy , Petit Raise Velocity with Giants,Break Records


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Doping in Sports? #SFGiants Peavy , Petit Raise Velocity with Giants, Break Records

From F/X Velocity charts, we see Giant pitcher YUSMEIRO Petit's average mph velocity has actually INCREASED from 87 to nearly 90 at an age, over 30, when most pitcher velocities are dropping. Even before such chartings, Petit was only throwing 87 all the way back in 2007 and now he's up to 89!  'Splains a lot of sudden success - a near no hitter last year and a record breaking 46 innings of no hit ball this year - from another Giants pitcher nobody wanted before. 


     Once again, the San Francisco Giants do it with smoke and mirrors, this time with a guy who couldn't get anybody out the first three quarters of the year again throwing 2 ERA ball helping the Giants out within striking distance for the Western division crown against arch-rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers

    Peavy has suddenly become the Giants second starter behind Bumgardner. 'Splain that one Lucy. Just a few weeks ago Peavy pitched a seven inning no hitter for the first time in his career and has been striking out hitters as much or more than anytime in his career. Peavy is now 33 and before coming to the Giants his fastball rarely topped 90. Tonight he may not have gotten the win but he threw seven innings of two run ball against a good hitting team, the Dodgers. How could this guy just come to the Jints and suddenly cut his ERA in half and be the main piece that has kept the slumping Giants in the race?  

     Same way Casia, Machi, Petit andVogelsong  have done it, helping the Giants to unlikely World Series victories, their first in 50 years  in 2010 and 2012 .  A little fairy dust suddenly raises their velocities and they go to town.

     The Giants had only one bonafide starting pitcher a month ago, having seen Cain and  Linecum fall by the wayside with  Vogelsong drop offing off , too. Only Bumgardner remains from their starting four who opened the season, yet the Jints keep bringing in guys until one sticks - and perhaps a little Jints Juice to boot.
Shades of 2010 and 2012 with Zito and Lincecum being the magic men in those years, along with the aforementioned Casia, Machi  and Vogelsong. 

        Two weeks ago, It  was like the 2012 World Series all over again and the little San Francisco Giants mowing down the ferocious Detroit Tigers Friday night with newly acquired journeyman Jake Peavy shutting out the Tigers for five innings en route to a 8-2 Giants victory. This coming only four days after Peavy - who had the worst record in baseball only a month ago - pitched a 7-inning no-hitter for the Giants after a similar 6 inning effort.


And, it's not just Peavy as virtually the entire Giants team - which had the worst record in baseball during June and July- is suddenly playing like world beaters just as it did in Septembers of 2010 and 2012 on route to World Series dominant victories over seemingly beteter teams. How could this be happening? The many sudden September 'improvements' -while other teams go  through the dog days of summer -  can't all be by coincidence for the third time in five years. 

  #SFGiants pitcher, Jake Peavy, who  Boston basically gave away last month - he had the worst record in the league, 1-13 - has suddenly won three in a row for San Franciso, including a 7 inning no hitter (his first ever) performance including season high eight strikeouts, against Milwaukee, we are told ( We stopped watching all the Giants  games, feeling better doing more with our lives, so can't confirm that, though we just did). In any case, Peavy was one guy we didn't think would dip into the juice after his anti-PED rants while at Boston, but one has to wonder what is now going on with HIS sudden success as a  Giant,  ala other late season acquisitions from recent years.  This is just the latest in a long string of Giants shenanigans - the day before it was Yusmeiro Petit setting a record - dating more than two decades of lax baseball testing and certain teams taking advantage of it to compensate for deficiencies, in our opinion.  Petit Peds, Peavy Peds, doping in sports, drug use in sports

Will #SFGiants Pull Wool Over Eyes Yet A Third (Alternate Year) Time? 

Come September every year it seems - or at least every OTHER year - the San Francisco Giants make their move on the playoffs. It happened in 2010 and 2012 and the Giants went all the way to win the World Series both those years. And, it almost happened in 2011 and 2013 but for injuries.
And, this year, a bedraggled team is still hanging in much  the way it did  before.
The #SFGiants did it in 2010 and 2012 with a largely different casts of characters - and this year, again, with nary a farm system nor money left to spend, they've added some more juice, in our opinion.  #PEDs,  Doping in Sports, Drug Use in Sports, Now Petit, Yusmeiro Petit, #Giants, #lincecum, #no hitter, #SFGiants, #Steroids

One asks how could these GYPSY teams the Giants throw together go as far as they have. Rag tag players, many past their prime, some refugees no teams wanted, coming from all over the globe to San Francisco.
A couple legitimate star players like Posey and Pence but mostly players who seem to turn it on on a whim.

This year the Giants came out of the gate on a pace to win 100 games during the first two months of the season, then BAM, they went 180 degrees the opposite way during  June and July and now, they're suddenly back in high gear. Nobody seems to understand why.  Similar things happened in those other years.

The Giants have , frankly, a General Manager with a very poor trading record, yet is who is able to pull in players 'off the wire'  for next to nothing while pulling wool over blinded Giants fans eyes. A decent free agent signing here and there but mostly these rag tag players come in and put it together, somehow.


It's certainly not NATURAL ability.   With virtually no farm system the Giants have been a seemingly dysfunctional bunch patched together, but SOMETHING clicks and they go on to beat much better teams on paper the final month and then steamroller into the World Series like nobody's business. 

Even in the Bondsian Era the Giants never won a World Series - and only got to it once, in 2002. But, now, sans super stars and only two true quality players,  the Giants  are winning games again as we roll into September - and sometimes surprising such as the 13-2 victory August 29 over first place Milwaukee and their winningest pitcher, Peralta.

From F/X Velocity charts, we see Giant pitcher YUSMEIRO Petit's average mph velocity has actually INCREASED from 87 to nearly 90 at an age, over 30, when most pitcher velocities are dropping. Even before such chartings, Petit was only throwing 87 all the way back in 2007 and now he's up to 89!  'Splains a lot of sudden success - a near no hitter last year and a record breaking 46 innings of no hit ball this year - from another Giants pitcher nobody wanted before. 

Without going into great detail, one (who takes only a cursory look) can see the pattern  of players time and again playing over their heads - not one or two but perhaps the whole team. Each year come September no-name players seem to come from Nowhere to propel the Giants. this year it may be a young second baseman named Panik. After spitting out a half dozen second baseman , Sabean finally comes up with one from his weak farm who starts hitting better than he did in the minors, in Pannik, now the team's only 300 hitter. The relief core of largely overweight Venezuelans continues to thrive as one no- name, Petit (like Andy)  - who has replaced former star Lincecum at 1/20 the salary - is breaking records with 46 straight innings of no hit ball! (Magically, too, his pitching velocity is higher now than it was five years ago).  Another Venezuelan hitter, Blanco, comes on to suddenly hit three homeruns in a week after only hitting one the entire year! Yet another Venezuelan, Sandoval, who couldn't hit a lick earlier, is suddenly flirting with .300 as is Morse, a former PED-indicted player.  We only mention the latter because it ties into the pattern we're seeing.

Going back to the world series years, the Giants had at least one key CONVICTED PED (performance enhancing drugged) player on the team. In 2010 it was Jose Guillen, only on the team less than a month before his second PED indictment, but long enough to 'drive the bus'forward where suddenly we saw other players, like a contagious desease, start hitting. One of those was newly acquired Cody Ross, off the waiver wire, who would hit 8 homeruns in final month of the season!  In 2012 it was Melky Cabrera who propelled the team with a PED-aided .350 average before HE was caught with the drug (one of only five players, including Mota, in all the major leagues who were caught that year). Two happened to be on the Giants. But, Cabrera's winning hits were  enough to give the Giants the cushion they needed. As Cabrera left, in came 36 year old Marco Scutaro from Colorado, who would suddenly raise his .260 average to around .350 the remainder of the season, more than enough to secure a playoff berth for the Giants. Just like that, as Giants announcer Miller is fond of saying. Just like magic, we say.  And, things only got better for the Giants as the team continued to ALL play way over their heads throughout three rounds of playoffs as they won another world series. Along the way, we witnessed Sandoval hit three homeruns in one game against Detroit and 6 in two weeks - as many homers as he had hit prior to that the entire season! And don't forget guys like Aubrey Huff ( and his victory thong) and Nightlife Pat Burrell who the Giants acquired for a song at advanced ages, who would go on to have near career years in 2010 only to drop off the radar after the Giants World Series victory

Meanwhile the drug crisis in baseball continued but  only spoken in hushed tones, especially in liberal San Francisco where anything goes - and Bonds remains a hero despite a perjury conviction for lying to the Grand Jury about his steroid use; Bonds was even brought back this year by the Giants to instruct players during spring training.  Who knows what he told them to do.  The Giants are not the only team to have used and still use PEDs but they are, by far, the steroid 'kings,' with over 23 indicted players since Bonds played. Who knows  how many others are currently users as MLB testing has yet to come up to speed; not a single player has yet been caught this year and last year ;  if it weren't for the Biogenesis leak that spilled the beans we wouldn't have known of 20 users, so we know players are using PEDs, just nobody is being  caught through normal MLB testing.

We've written about this time and again, the PED-infected clubhouse in San Francisco,  but San Frnacisco is not New York or Boston, and players here seem to be protected as Bonds was for years until a couple brave reporters spilled the beans (that eventually got them removed from their newsper, the San Francisco Chronicle.)


So, that's the state of baseball or so it seems, in our humble opinion - and a lot of  batting and Pitch F/X stats  Giants management seems willing to do anything - nearly half of its player acquisitions the past few years have either had known PED skirmishes or appeared to be involved, by sheer outrageous 'Brady Anderson-like' numbers. The beat goes on, nearly 20 years after Bonds really got it all going big time , while ruining the game of baseball , in our opinion - at least for us old-school  baseball purists. 

Now, the Giant pitcher that Boston basically gave away - he had the worst record in the league, 1-13 - has suddenly won three in a row for San Franciso, including a 7 strikeout-in-a-row performance against Milwaukee, we are told ( We stopped watching all the Giants  games, feeling better to more with our lives, so can't confirm that. In any case, Peavy was one guy we didn't think would dip into the juice after his anti-PED rants while at Boston, but one has to wonder what is now going on with HIS sudden success at the Giants, ala all the other late season acquisitions from recent years.


The #SFGiants are fortunate to be working out of their little protected hideaway on the liberal left coast, where sportswriters are simply followers much like Obama's media hacks. Nothing like New York or Boston where a player like Rodriquez or even the popular Big Papi come under scrutiny - or even midwest St. Louis and Detroit  where Jhonny Peralta has been a regular target of the media, later picked up by the national press. But in San Francisco it's all peace and sunshine where the Jints have been pulling the wool over the eyes, in our opinion - and getting away with it, in our opinion - now for two decades! First it was Bonds' 14 years (1993-2007) and 23 other indicted players during the era, not to mention many un-indicted users. In more recent times, they brought in previously indicted  Jose Guillen and G Moto where they would achieve second steroid convictions - even in a sport where PED testeing is inadequate, in our opinion, and indictments have been rare ( only 5 in 2012 and none last year, to our knowledge).   They were about to bring back Cabrera to finish off the 2012 world series except for outside pressure and a distasteful website excuse by Cabrera. Instead , they brought in a fellow Venezuelan, Marco Scutaro, who , at 36 somehow (wink, wink)    raised his average nearly 100 points and cut his strikeouts nearly in half! This year, despite team owner Larry Baer's pronouncement that the team would 'try' to stay away from previously convicted players, they brought in Michael Morse (who, interestingly, hit 15 homeruns the first half of this year  but only 3 the second half). 

What will the Giants be up to next, with whom? Will it be 'hello World Series #3' in five years or will people wise up - and care to say something, stop them? 


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Wednesday, September 3, 2014


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KEN CAMINITI was  the original poster boy for steroids. A lifetime .272 hitter who averaged 15 homers a year from 1987 to 2001, would hit 40  and average .326 and win the MVP in 1996, admittedly with the help of   steroids. Caminiti  came  out against steroids in a book, shortly before his drug-related death in 2004
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Despite No New PED Indictments from MLB Testing, No End in Sight for PED Use  

Can we not agree  that players are still using performance-enhancing drugs, especially after seeing 20 last year, not by conventional baseball tests but through a leak at the Biogenesis labs where a disgruntled worker turned in his boss who , in turn , basically , was bought  off by major-league baseball in exchange for naming names of about 20 MLB players to whom he had provided PEDs? Now, for over two decades, players have injected, swallowed, rubbed or otherwise ingested various PEDs  in an effort to help with nagging injuries, help late-career slumping or just gain that edge after seeing more and more other players get away with  it - and even be encouraged to use such by their teams in some cases.

With the obvious continuing problem - yes , it is a serious problem - of PED use in baseball,  we wonder why no names have come out of any players-not a single one-who have been caught through MLB testing using PEDs this year, 2014 - or even last year, for that matter. 


The  only possible answer is that MLB drug testing is still in adequate and has not kept up with, supposedly, undetectable PEDs. Sure, former commissioner Selig can tell us that baseball has the most stringent testing in all sports but when not a single player is caught through  said testing one has to wonder if the tests are really adequate.Sure, Selig has increased the penalties from 50 to 80 games for the first offense and increased the second and third , too what good are the new penalties if the testing is inadequate so that nobody is even indicted.

Mark McGwire and Jose Conseco were the 'Bash Brothers' in Oakland.  They were taking advantage of steroids as early as the late '80s, which helped propel the Oakland Athletics to a 1989 World Series victory.  Steroids were still young and new to baseball - and legal for a time (McGwire didn't even hide  his bottle of Androsteen  from his locker shelf)  - but it wasn't until after Caminiti that , first, Conseco , then McGwire admitted to their use. McGwire would break the single season  home run record with 70 in 1998 at St.Louis with his old Oakland manager Tony LaRussa. McGwire and Conseco were   inspiration for cross-town rival, San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds taking up the 'sport' when he came to the Giants in 1993, later becoming the Homerun King of All time with 762 homeruns, eclipsing that of Hank Aaron and prevously Babe Ruth

If any players were caught this year or even last we don't know about it. A new provision in the testing agreement is that players may appeal with legitimate excuses for positive test results, which favors players and could be another reason we're not seeing any players caught of late. The last time We saw players indicted through MLB testing was 2012. Remember when Balco's victor Conte called Melky Cabrera 'dumb or dumber'  for letting himself get caught.

We've watched Conte and Biogenesis' Tony Bosch explain in front of national audiences how easy it is to beat the current MLB testing for synthetic testosterone , for example.  Simply by taking the drugs at the right times In the correct amounts - we won't get too technical here and go into the 4:1 ratio - should allow players to ' 'do their thing'.  In Cabrera's case he likely took either too much or at the wrong time, or both.

Meanwhile, we're still seeing inflated performance numbers, more this year among pitchers and low ERAs. In the past, pitchers have not come under scrutiny as much as hitters and can get away with more. we may not be seeing the big home run numbers for obvious reasons. Hitters can better camouflage their 'usage' hitting for average rather then sporting Brady Anderson -like home run totals

Barry Bonds, before and after coming to San Francisco from Pittsburg. Unlike with some of the players today who don't show outward signs of 'enhancement'  with newer 'designer' durgs, Bonds showed significant changes in body shape and size. Even after Caminiti and Conseco had 'come out' Bonds would continue to lead
the San Francisco Giants uneven playing field for 14 years through 2007 (when he still hit 28 homers at age 42) before  he was finally 'taken down' by a couple of brave SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE writers who dared speak out against the beloved Bonds - beloved at least in San Francisco. 

Today, VICTOR Conte continues to use the number '50% ' when describing possible drug usage in baseball and, really , there's no reason to doubt him. Nothing has changed as far as the testing methods by MLB. The only changes may be in the types of drugs players are now using, namely the "designer" PEDs such as synthetic testosterone, with which , according to Cone and others, MLB's testing has not kept a pace. And, no longer do we necessarily see obvious telltale signs of the previously bulked up players with the newer drugs.

Today, they may not be called steroids any longer but PEDs are probably as rampant in baseball as steroids ever were.  Baseball attendance continues to thrive with a new generation having grown up seeing their favorite players benefitting from the drugs - and only knowing the one way, but ,no doubt, knowing its wrong.
Now it's not just one or two players like McGwire and Sosa but dozens still playing the game. Instead of being out of baseball, indicted users like Cabrera and Cruz - to pick on only two of many- continue to play the game, likely still on something. Not only are they getting away with continued use but their new teams and fans love it.
Likely for this reason , Selig and MLB -seeing the turnstiles rolling with big numbers - simply paid lip service  to the PED issue, extending the penalties but not the problem of the weak drug testing. they're content with the numbers, the baseball union is happy and life goes on.

Teams, particularly the San Francisci Giants with 23 indicted players over the years , have now been thriving off PEDs - or whatever you want to call them now - for two decades and there's no indication things will change. it's getting to the point a team may not be able to acquire players WITHOUT some PED history.  The biggest culprits in all this were not the early users like Camaniti, Canseco and even McGwire - who even left his bottle of Androsteen on his locker shelf for anyone to see- but MLB, team owners and fans who , instead of coming out strongly and doing something about the problem in its infancy have let it get out of hand. who knows if and when the PED problem -yes, it is a big problem - will be corrected.


So, you say the baseball situation is symbolic or symptomatic of the rest od society. that may be true but if anything was pure and free of scandal it WAS baseball )aside from the 1919 black sox scandal) . You've heard 'America, baseball and apple pie.' that's what it WAS and what it should be, not just for us old-school fans who remember a time when we didn't have to try to figure out who was cheating and who was not. Kids and adults are missing perhaps the last pure sport and experience in America and it's a shame . Sure, the Giants and other teams may, purportedly, 'sell out' (double meaning here?) to folks as much or more interested in having an expensive picnic and other extraneous experiences  at the new stadia - no longer ball parks - than watching
A REAL ball game. And, that may be part of the problem too - owners so intent on filling seats they'll do about anything and much of the crowd ends up doing about anything EXCEPT getting involved in the game, whether it be taking selfies, texting,eating or drinking $10 hot dogs and beers.


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Monday, September 1, 2014

Vogelsong, Sandoval Latest of Unlikely Giants 'Sudden Surgers'



The San Francisco Giants never fail to amaze. Yes, they've got one of the better records in baseball with some of the lowest batting averages. But don't be surprised if it even gets better. 2013, 2013 Giants,   Giants lineup, Pablo, Pablo Sandoval, PEDs, Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco Giants PEDs, scutaro, Spring Training, steroids, testosterone, 


What was and normally would be a mediocre pitching staff has suddenly  become world beaters. Over -the -hill guys or normally under-achievers are suddenly going into their 'win at all costs' . When the going gets tough the Giants go on drugs. Of course, that's our opinion, but we've seen empiracal stats and have good reason to believe patterns we see before our eyes. Not to say everyone on the Giants is using performance enhancing drugs but, let's face it, Mr Selig, they haven't gone away and the Giants have always been leaders in that field  now going back over a decade when the Brian Sabean and company became imfatuated with Barry Bonds sudden turnaround they haven't looked back at his 'secret*' ever since - and continue to get away with it.  So much so, that they even brought Barry back as a coach in spring training this year - to the dismay of more than a few non-Giant  baseball people like Keith Obermann - to rub off some more on the players just like he did back in the days of Aurillia, Williams, Santiago. Hint, hint. Wink, wink.

Most teams would have long ago dumped an overweight, underachieving Pablo Sandoval or an aging Ryan Vogelsong - a pitcher with a sub-90 fastball they got cheap.  For almost two months Sandoval couldn't buy a homerun or reach the Mendoza line, yet the Giants kept playing him. Hmm. Then, suddenly last week, Sandoval stopped striking out and magically(?) raised his average almost 100 points with three homeruns and it doesn't look like he's going to stop in the near future as he propels the Giants past better teams and towards another World Series(?). Remember when the Giants acquired Marcos Sccutaro midseason, 2012, with a .260 average at Colorado , only to see him magically go on a tear as soon as he joined Cabrera, Sandoval  and company, raising his average almost 100 points while cutting his strikeouts in half. It's de ja vu again with Sandoval... and maybe someone else next week.  Giants Vogelsong got an earlier start this year , dropping his 5.00 ERA to below 2.00  for his last five starts, while, interestingly ,raising his velocity from the high 80s to the low 90s! This for a 37 year old pitcher who hadn't hit the 90s consistently since the end of 2012 and the World Series; when most pitchers were getting weary late in the year, Vogelsong was getting stronger and faster - and this year he's doing it even earlier in the year (see above graph).


You see, telltale signs of  PED usage are sudden drop in strikeouts for hitters and better velocity for pitchers. 
We've seen this many times in the past with the Giants, particularly late in the season when various players would become World Beaters.  In 2010 it was Burrell, Huff and the late season acquistion Cody Ross, who largely propelled the Giants  in October - this unlikely happenstance from over the hill players who remarkably and ,coincidentally,  all had career years in their late thirties. Oh, and don't forget Andre Torres, who also had a career year at 33 , and Jose Guillen, who did just enough damage for the Giants before getting kicked off the team after a second drug infraction (he was caught receiving drugs in the mail) There were others , too , with Guillen and Guillermo Moto actually getting caught and suspended for drug use.


In 2012, Melky Cabrera did enough damage for the Giants before HE got suspended  there wasn't a need for many others, but Marco Scutaro came along out of the blue to, remarkably, raise his .260 average to near .350 , where it stayed the rest of the season. On top of that Scutaro cut his strikeouts down to a miniscule number.  Then, of course, there was Sandoval, at it again with his late season heroics, with his three homer game against Detroit in the playoffs andseven October homers matching his entire year's output.  Interestingly , the three Giant 'heroes'   were all Venezuelan brethren.Even Barry Zito - perhaps the worst free acquisiton ever  in baseball -- somehow managed to become a consistent playoff and World Series winner for two weeks along with Vogelsong and others'  late-season mysterious surge.

So this year, for now anyway, it's Vogelsong and Sandoval.  Forget Scutaro. Hicks at second base  already has more homers than Scutaro ever did (8) and if he doesn't work out somebody else will fill the slack.It always happens for the giants .  These new designer drugs are easy to go and off and, besides, it's probably better for different players to be hot at different times lest it looks suspicious.  But the end of 2010 and 2012 were downright suspicious how the Giants suddenly came on with no name players becoming unlikely stars... Burrell, Huff, Ross, Renteria, Guillen, Uribe, Torrez, Blanco,Arias . Among the pitchers,    'washed up' Santiago Casilla and Tim Lincecum suddenly got their fastballs back for not one but two years.  And they they're still at IT, whatever you want to interpret as 'it.'


Vogelsong, Sandoval Latest of Unlikely Giants 'Sudden Surgers'

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Why Baseball's Tony LaRussa Doesn't Belong- Baseball Hall of Fame- Hall of Fame Voting

 Baseball Tony LaRussa - Baseball Hall of Fame- Hall of Fame Voting -Does Tony Belong?

Why Baseball's  Tony LaRussa  Doesn't Belong- Baseball Hall of Fame

1) LaRussa Looked the Other Way for Decades 

Heard of Bryant Gumbel's comments questioning the inconsistency that allowed Tony LaRussa's recent induction into the Hall of Fame(as manager)  but not Mark McGwire's (as player)  and we  were thinking along those lines, ourselves.  And, it was one thing at Oakland when Jose Conseco , Mark McGwire and steroids were a pretty new thing in baseball in 1988, but by the time LaRussa got to  St. Louis it was pretty well known that McGwire was using Creatine if not other performance enhancing drugs as McGwire joined the team in the mid-90s. It wasn't until McGwire finally admitted he was using that LaRussa made a few light weight comments, hardly condemning McGwire. In fact, LaRussa would invite McGwire back to St. Louis as a hitting coach after his playing days were over. La Russa had at least one other player at St. Louis, too, who had all the indications of a player on steroids. Without those three guys, one could probably subtract at least a few dozen wins and probably a World Series victory or two of three La Russa garnered during his tenure as manager of Oakland and St Louis. Even so, LaRussa had a modest .536 winning percentage which ranks him #62 (See Above Chart)  among all managers win-loss records - and he had good- to- very good teams to manager. Even Don Mattingly, Bob Brenly,  Ken Macha and Herman Franks had better managerial records than LaRussa. 

2) LaRussa Continued to Sanction PED Players Long After He Knew About It, Even Bringing Back McGwire to St.Louis and more

No doubt, Tony La Russa, who has a law degree among other things, would seem to be a fine person albeit a bit of a temper, and has done a lot for the community in and outside of baseball;he started what has become a large-scale  pet animal rescue foundation (ARF).
Yet, for whatever reason, La Russa -who admits it himself - never achieved the greatness many have lauded after him, perhaps mistaking his longevity and  piloting good teams with success.
La Russa will  tell you he takes responsibility for not winning the 1988 and 1990 World Series as skipper of the A's .  For a man of letters, his managerial style was not always empiracle and often more a matter of emotion than science.  While he could be a 'players manager'  he could also attract enemies easily and , perhaps,   thereby  not always getting the most out of players.
Then , there is that other issue of early PEDs in baseball  and his looking the other away, allowing his team to take an unfair advantage. 

3)  LaRussa Record  Had Low Win-Loss Numbers

 The only modern day manager to make the Hall with a worse record than LaRussa was Whitey Herzog (.532) Surely, as a player McGwire may not deserve to go into the Hall of his numbers, nor even Barry Bonds, a mere .275 hitter averaging around 25 homers a year before coming to San Francisco and  it's PED culture.   For longevity, La Russa should get something being the third most tenured manager of all time, 33 years.


The same could be said of a manager like San Francisco Giants manager,Bruce Bochy, who many (especially in San Francisco) expect to  be a likely candidate for the Hall of Fame as manager .  He not only turned a blind eye to a host of PED players such as Ken Camaniti when he was manager at San Diego but when he came to  San Francisco it was even worse, where he he sanctioned Barry Bonds and  friends in the Capital of Sports Steroids. Even with a succession of indicted steroid users in San Diego and San Francisco, Bochy barely has a .500 record(.502)  as manager in both cities (.479 in San Diego and .505 in San Francisco and ranks way down in 144th place behind Bobby Valentine and just ahead of Kirk Gibson .   At least Dusty Baker had the good sense to part ways with Bonds and  San Francisco in 1996 before Bochy came in.  Perhaps someone like Baker would deserve a Hall of Fame spot  for standing his ground while also having a decent record as manager . That Tony La Russa is only the 62 most winning manager and Bruce Bochy #133 of all time, we don't believe that either should get into the managerial Hall of Fame based on their records , alone;add the fact that they were likely knowing and accepting of tainted players who helped their cause makes our decision a 'slam dunk'that  these two should not enter the Hall of Fame at all.


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Combine the three above factors - 1) that LaRussa was aware of PEDs on the teams for decades, 2) that LaRussa didn't take any real action and even rehired at least one known PED user and 3) LaRussa had one  the  second lowest managerial win-lost record of any modern day manager - and LaRussa probably should not have been inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2014 in our opinion. On a positive note, LaRussa isa a good guy, perhaps so much so that he may have let personal feelings and friendships get in the way of right and wrong.


Impressed with Frank Thomas' emotional speech at Sunday's Hall of Fame inductions and his frankness to bring up steroids. Whereas, again, LaRussa had one last major stage to say something but chose to ignore McGwire even though he mentioned many others; perhaps a little late when he SHOULD HAVE ignored McGwire years ago and not brought him with him to St.Louis.  Perhaps LaRussa and the San Francisco Giants are the only ones who have ignored steroids to such an extreme that they would do something like this (the Giants not only resigning the obvious Bonds year after (15) year) but having the gall to bring him back- all be it for a week - to be HITTING instructor for the team in Spring Training this year. )

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Giants-A's Series Post -Mortem- #SFGiants Losers In More Ways Than One

Congrats to the Oakland #Athletics on their series victory over #SFGiants

#SFGiants might have lost all four games to A's without Jints' Venezuelan 'drug cartel.'  How is it Pablo rarely strikes out now? (opinion)

#SFGiants may have some of the best announcers but they may be the most sarcastic, constantly  criticizing strike calls that go against Giants and making other negative remarks while playing the 'homer' all the way. In ninth inning of last game of the four against A's,  Dave Flemming making a crack about the umpires 'goofy looking' headphones while awaiting the 'review' of what would become the final out. Speaking of that, John Miller questioned A's manager Bob Melvin for even requesting a review at the late stage with a five run lead. Certainly if the Giants' Bochy made a similar request he wouldn't have been questioned, and Bochy is the king of the'reviews,' seemingly requesting one every game; he wanted to do another in this game but had already used his one alotted request.  Of course we know of Mike Krukow as the ultimate homer and Duane Kuiper only slightly more restrained. Meanwhile A's announcers are the opposite of the Giants'; perhaps too nice as they  were ready to concede the final play to the Giants; you never hear them making fun of other teams.

Quote after the game:
#SFGiants Buster Posey: 'We have to find ways to score more runs than the other team.'

Why #SFGiants Big Drop Off - Past Catching Up?

 Why the Giants Big Drop Off?  Past Catching Up to Them?

 Giants-A's Series Post -Mortem-  #SFGiants Losers In More Ways Than One