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Does signing a PED-connected player raise “ethical issues?”

Dec 10, 2010, 6:57 AM EDT

alderson at podium

It seems that Sandy Alderson was asked by reporters yesterday if signing catcher Ronny Paulino was an “ethical and public relations” problem in light of Paulino’s suspension for taking a banned stimulant last year. Not surprisingly, Alderson said no, it was not.

People can ask what they want to ask of course, but I don’t recall this being an issue with other players who have been linked to PEDs.  It is in keeping, however, with the curious scrutiny that some have given Alderson when it comes to PEDs and which is not given to other GMs who ran teams during the height of the steroid era.  As if Alderson cooked up ‘roids in an old Winnebago in the desert with Jose Canseco or something. Which would be totally cool, of course, but it didn’t happen that way.

My view: there are rules in place governing PEDs now. The suspensions are part of those rules, as is the reinstatement of suspended players.  Paulino did his time. There are no “ethical considerations” involved unless one does not respect the current rules in place.  And if that’s the case, the questions are not for Sandy Alderson. They’re for Bud Selig.

  1. Adam - Dec 10, 2010 at 8:09 AM

    My guess is that he was asked this because some of the media believe that Canseco was the first person to ever use performance enhancing drugs in MLB history. I mean, before him baseball was pure, simple, with nobody EVER trying to do something to get ahead of everyone else.

    All the while, the media kept trying to break the story of PEDs in baseball, but guys like Aldersen wouldn’t let them. Since they couldn’t ask the tough questions, their organizations never profited on baseball.

    Obviously, since he’s back, the Mets are going to try and go on an undercover PED binge and destroy the clean, harmonious game that MLB has become since drug testing.

    Or something like that…

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 10, 2010 at 9:51 AM

      All the while, the media kept trying to break the story of PEDs in baseball, but guys like Aldersen wouldn’t let them. Since they couldn’t ask the tough questions, their organizations never profited on baseball.

      I was a little more naive during the height of the steroid era, but is there any proof of this? Olney himself, has specifically said that reporters were just as much to blame over the lack of any drug oversight because they refused to do their jobs and inquire into why players were bulking up to football player levels. It was their job to ask the questions, and they didn’t. Never any mention of them wanting to and get blackballed for it.

      • ngearhart1981 - Dec 10, 2010 at 10:44 AM

        I’m pretty sure Adam forgot to turn on his sarcasm font.

      • Adam - Dec 10, 2010 at 10:50 AM

        That was written with a huge in cheek. I figured the first paragraph would have given that away.

  2. Brian - Dec 10, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    I am so sick of PEDs…can we just bury it please? Can we just accept that yes, some people will still try to take steroids regardless of the consequences? Seriously, just let it go.

    • Old Gator - Dec 10, 2010 at 8:52 AM

      Not a chance. Steroids are the Halomonas titanicae eating away at the sunken hulk of integrity in the game, the cancer in baseball’s body politic, the black plague and nemesis meteorite combined that threatens to destroy the game as we know it. No, what is required now is resolute resistance to the running dogs of Bacalao…or whatever that place was called….an uncompromising vigilance, a refusal to surrender to the spiritual and moral decline steroids represent.

      Okay, all together now: Onward Christian soldiers, marching off to war….

      • PanchoHerreraFanClub - Dec 10, 2010 at 9:51 AM

        Gator, I miss I could have said it as well.

  3. Lucas - Dec 10, 2010 at 8:24 AM

    Nice Breaking Bad reference, Craig…

  4. Jonny 5 - Dec 10, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    What they meant was We “the media of NY” would like to make something, anything an ethical or public relations problem, because that’s how we do things here….

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