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Giants outfielder Jose Guillen linked to HGH shipments

Oct 28, 2010, 9:32 PM EDT

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Some breaking news here from Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times.

Giants outfielder Jose Guillen was left off San Francisco’s postseason roster this month not because of his poor play, but because he is being investigated currently for ties to performance-enhancing drugs.

According to Schmidt’s report, Guillen had packages of human growth hormone (HGH) sent to an address that is registered to his wife in the Bay Area during the 2010 season.  Major League Baseball immediately opened an investigation and recommended to the Giants that Guillen be left off the club’s postseason roster.  The Giants complied and the investigation goes on.

Few people have agreed to comment on the story and Guillen should be viewed as innocent until proven guilty, but it wouldn’t be the first time that the veteran outfielder has been linked to performance-enhancers.  The San Francisco Chronicle discovered in 2007 that Guillen bought more than $19,000 worth of HGH between 2002 and 2005.

All of this could lead to a 50-game suspension for the 34-year-old impending free agent.   He slugged 19 home runs and tallied 77 RBI in 524 at-bats this past season, but he no longer plays good defense and it’s highly probable that Guillen won’t be available for the fist few months of 2011.  It’s going to be tough for him to find a contract before the start of next year’s regular season.

  1. Kevin S. - Oct 28, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    Did MLB advise the Giants to leave him off the roster because he’s being investigated for HGH or because he sucks?

    • granted42 - Oct 28, 2010 at 11:03 PM

      Both.

    • Kevin S. - Oct 29, 2010 at 8:53 AM

      Jokes about Guillen’s ability aside, if MLB had recommended I leave a productive player on my team off my postseason roster because he was “under investigation,” I’d have told them to piss off. If and when you determine he did use banned substances, then you can suspend him. Until then, he carries the same presumption of innocence every MLB player does with regard to drug use and playing eligibility. This isn’t the NCAA or the Olympics, who try to pretend history didn’t happen because somebody on the team wasn’t playing by the rules.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Oct 29, 2010 at 9:00 AM

        I couldn’t agree more. I think it is a disgrace that MLB recommended to the Giants that they leave him off the roster before any type of due process. I wonder if the Union can do anything about this. Not that I am the biggest Jose Guillen fan, but what happens when they do the same thing to a “good guy”? Or would they have even done the same thing to a “good guy”?

  2. jasonc2300 - Oct 29, 2010 at 6:44 AM

    Man, now we have to asterisk all of Jose Guillen’s home run records.

  3. Richard In Big D - Oct 29, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    I’m kind of hoping they find him innocent, and the it is ruled that MLB unfairly meddled in the World Series, and they make them play it over with Guillen on the roster. It’s probably the best hope the Rangers have at this point…

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