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Yet another writer accuses Jose Bautista of PED use

Sep 27, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

More and more writers are piling on Jose Bautista, accusing him of using PEDs. This needs to stop. Now.

Bob Frantz of the San Francisco Examiner wrote an odious little column today in which he accused Jose Bautista of using performance enhancing drugs.

Well, he didn’t directly accuse him of doing so. No, he’s far too savvy for that.  He merely wrote that “questions remain” regarding Bautista. Said that “normal men don’t go from 13 home runs as a part-time utility player one year to 52 home runs.” He merely suggested that Bautista submit to urine and blood tests and then have the results released to the public. He then blamed his suspicion and subtle character assassination on Jose Canseco, Rafael Palmiero, Roger Clemens and other people who presumably do not have editorial control over Frantz’s columns at the Examiner.

Of course, the fact that he blames Canseco et al, for his own cynical and evidence-free
suspicions of Bautista is intellectual dishonesty at its finest. He clearly suspects
Bautista of using PEDs. If he didn’t, he wouldn’t have been
inspired to write this piece. Well, he wouldn’t have unless the piece itself is a cynical exercise in filling column inches and stirring the pot by peddling crap that the author does not himself believe, but let’s save that for another time.

For now let us merely note that if Frantz has the guts to make an actual accusation, he should make it. To state, in plain language, that he doubts that Bautista’s accomplishments are genuine. To do otherwise — to make oblique reference to
the mere possibility that Bautista cheated and to blame
figures who haven’t played baseball for several years for “the questions
that remain” — is cowardly.
And that goes not only for Frantz, but for anyone who wishes to join in the increasingly popular pastime of trashing Jose Bautista. Ladies and gentlemen: if you have evidence, or even reasonable suspicion that Bautista — a
player who has had at least two PED tests this season — has used PEDs,
come out and say it.  If you don’t, please spare us your insinuations to
the contrary.

  1. mgmt404 - Sep 28, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    Whoa… Whoa… Whoa… hold on. Let me get this straight. You’re saying that the moon isn’t a giant ball of cheese? Damn, who knew?

  2. ribbie149 - Sep 28, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    The fact that a San Francisco writer would make these veiled charges is the height of irony.

  3. lardin - Sep 29, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    I stand corrected on Anderson. I apologize. My basic premise still stands. If Baustista and the other players dont like being asked about PED use they have no one to blame but their predecessors. Arod, Bonds, Sosa, Big Mac, and Big Papi all took steroids. They all hit 50 home runs in a season. Baseball has no test for HGH and there are companies who are in business to create steroids that dont show up on drug tests..
    If Pujols, Howard, and Fielder dont like the question they should blame the former players, management and the league itself. Its through their inaction that a cloud hangs over baseball. Is it right, NO. Is it Fair, NO.

  4. danberman4 - May 18, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    It’s ridiculous that the mainstream media trashes anyone who asks a legitimate question. The players and owners created this mess. Too bad if many are skeptical. It’s foolhardy not to wonder.

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