Thursday, January 15, 2009

A Word on the JC Romero Debacle

The question most are debating is whether or not Romero is guilty.

That question is, however, secondary (obviously not to Romero, who, for what it's worth, seemed earnest in trying to play by the rules). In the big picture the main point is that a player on the championship team tested positive for a banned substance, regardless of the circumstances or explanations. The point is that yet again MLB has screwed up. The point is that this is just another example that MLB, despite popular and even legal pressure to execute a legitimate anti-drug program, is still incapable of doing so. That they bungled this (read bungled one of two ways 1. inadvertently misled/misinformed players* or 2. let a “cheater” participate and subsequently contribute to championship)** is just another indictment, the latest in a long line, that their leadership is either incompetent, negligent, or both.

*Gammons: "Somehow, after MLB was warned in early July, those concerns about three supplements available at every GNC store did not reach the players' association."
** He actually tested clean before the post-season, but if you're calling him a cheater, why is he playing in the postseason in the first place?

-Agent Easy


  1. overall i agree....but one might say that it's going to take a little time to straighten out such a big mess...i mean it seems like they had barely an infrastructure of enforcement at all, before.

  2. yeah - you're right. after writing this and the goodell piece, both tmes i was thinkin bout your comment of "do i dislike them, or just the position (commis). If I had to rank the three majors I'd say Stern, Goodell, Selig.

  3. gotchya. i don't know anything about stern myself, but doesn't he have his critics too? didn't he try to minimize the ref scandal to an absurd degree? like he knew for an absolute fact it was only one ref involved? yea, right.

  4. yeah - i didnt mean to suggest that stern was without fault, just better than the other two jokers.