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Source: Guillen was not kept off the postseason roster because of HGH

Oct 29, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

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The strong implication in all of the stories about the Jose Guillen HGH investigation is that the Giants kept Guillen off the postseason roster because of the investigation.  A source with knowledge of the investigation, however, tells me that this isn’t the case.  The decision to keep Guillen off the roster was a baseball decision, borne of his lingering neck injuries and, quite frankly, his ineffectiveness down the stretch.  No one at Major League Baseball, my source tells me, “directed the Giants” to keep Guillen off, to use the term from the New York Times story that broke the news.  Baseball, the Giants and Bochy all declined comment on this question in the story.

Maybe to some folks this doesn’t matter — Jose is in trouble either way, and I have no basis for questioning the allegations mentioned in the NYT story — but I think it’s an important distinction. Why? because a lot of people have been saying that the HGH thing may have saved Bruce Bochy from himself, and that he would have played Guillen over Ross in the playoffs had it not come down.  This isn’t fair to Bochy.  He made the right baseball call here, just as he’s made the right calls in just about everything he’s done since the playoffs began.  Let’s give the dude some credit for it, no?

  1. Kevin S. - Oct 29, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Glad to hear that. Advising teams to suspend players before the investigation is complete is the province of the NCAA. The more baseball does to differentiate itself from that corrupt sack of shit, the better.

  2. mcsnide - Oct 29, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    The super-secret suspension think doesn’t really make sense anyway. JC Romero ring a bell?

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 29, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Sounds like a case of CYA to me. They know they will be in deep crap from the union if this actually happened so they are covering and spreading it out through the channels that they had nothing to do with it and it was purely a baseball decision. Really? Then ‘splain this quote from Bochy…”At his postgame news conference Thursday night, he was asked about the matter and said, “Right now, I don’t have a comment on that.” The team itself, through a spokesman, also declined comment, as did Major League Baseball. ”

    Which is it…no comment, or it was purely a baseball decision? Uh-uh. Sorry Bruce you don’t get to take it back. You had no comment. Now you want us all to believe it was purely a baseball decision? It doesn’t pass the smell test and I predict after the World Series, we will see more about this…I bet the union is pretty pissed about it.

    • jhu1997 - Oct 29, 2010 at 4:07 PM

      I think it’s as simple as Bochy being advised not to comment on an ongoing investigation.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 29, 2010 at 5:15 PM

        Exactly; if Bruce made a comment, he could get legal ramifications.

        Either way, Guillen is a pain in the neck, a prick and way over the hill. No one will miss another jerk leaving this game.

  4. jasonburg - Oct 29, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Guillen was awful almost the entire time he was with the Giants, and especially the last three weeks of the regular season. If they had started Cody Ross over him in September they probably would have won the West by four games or more. Leaving Guillen (and Zito) off the postseason roster was a no-brainer of a baseball decision.

  5. giantsfannomore - Oct 29, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    The Giants would NEVER have kept Guillen off the roster if Major League Baseball hadn’t come in. The Giants LOVE steroid guys… the more the merrier…
    How quick you forget the Bonds era and his merry men… Half the team was using steroids. I fyou need the names I’ll get them for you… Watch the cancer spread…
    Jose Uribe? Gullen’s buddy. Burl? Huff? Old guys who need a lift… and when there’s a guy pushing the stuff, well… its BBB (Bonds & Balco ) all over again.
    The Giants might borrow a line from accross the Bay: ‘Just Win Baby”. At any cost

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