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Victor Conte thinks Melky Cabrera just isn’t very bright

Aug 15, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

Victor Conte

BALCO founder Victor Conte still thinks it’s pretty easy to cheat in baseball. That Melky Cabrera got caught with enhanced testosterone levels just means he was doing it wrong.

He would probably know.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    He makes an interesting point. You don’t see guys getting suspended for elevated testosterone much anymore. It is always the other things that get them…masking agents, or things that one takes after a steroid cycle.

  2. willclarkgameface - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    I believe him. Why not?

    And do you people really believe that players are clean? If so, get ready for Santa.

  3. bigleagues - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I want to hear what Conte has to say on this subject.

    Here’s a thought . . . I want to see a round table discussion featuring Conte, Canseco, Anthony Gallea and whomever else of PED note will speak on the record.

    Forget about writing books that most people won’t read . . . let’s prod Gumbel to do a special 2-Hour Real Sports on the subject. No holds barred. Inter-splice the panel discussion with features on how to duck tests, how new PED’s are formulated, which ones are harmful and which could be of benefit . . . and then wrap it up with an honest discussion of the future of PED’s in sports medicine and performance.

    Rather than throwing all PED’s into one pot and saying they are all bad, perhaps its time to starting sorting the good from the bad and making determinations on which ones increase production or simply quicken recovery.

    In any event, it’s time to stop pretending – because that’s what MLB is doing.

    When Conte says the T test can be beaten, I believe him. So, HOW MANY players know this and exploit it. We’ll never know until we can at least have a more honest discussion about the benefits and dangers.

    • willclarkgameface - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      I would love this, but all these players – guilty or not – are going to have lawyers ready to go into action.

      Conte knows his shit. He’s a fucking sleaze bag, but at this point isn’t Melky Cabrera as well?

    • kopy - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      Don’t get my hopes up by putting the words “Gumbel” and “2″ in a sentence that close to each other.

      • myopinionisgarbage - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:13 PM

        Gumbel 2 Gumbel

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    And the HBT gang thought that this was going to be a slow news day!

  5. Glenn - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Athletes are still cheating like crazy and getting away with it in sports that have more rigorous testing than baseball (i.e. cycling). It is crazy to think that baseball is now clean. The testing has probably scared off a lot of people on the fence about whether to use PEDs or not.

    • Kevin Gillman - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      But if Baseball is doing it, then isn’t Football? I mean doesn’t the media look the other way when Football players are caught for testing, but when Baseball is hit, it’s front page news? I guarantee you that if Baseball is still doing it, so is Football, but they get away with it more, because it’s Football.

      • yahmule - Aug 15, 2012 at 10:25 PM

        Because many baseball fans give a shit. NFL fans, for the most part, are perfectly happy with the Teflon status their sport enjoys. Like the league owners, most of them really couldn’t care less about the physical well being of their athletes, which is evidenced by the comments following any article regarding concussions and long term brain damage.

        Conte oozes slime from every pore of his body so a closer alliance with Bud Selig seems natural. Probably the first time the words Conte and natural have appeared in the same sentence.

  6. sportsdrenched.com - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    If I’m Joe Torre I hire Victor Conte.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      On the theory that it takes one to catch one?

      • sportsdrenched.com - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:40 PM

        Right. If he’s that flippant in his twitter about MLB’s testing procedures I hire him to come work for MLB. And I give him a base salary plus bounty for….err commission, err ok never mind.

    • willclarkgameface - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      I like this, but is Bud Selig tuned into something this smart? No fucking way. Well, if he is allowed to think about it on the Bud Selig Thinking Clock, which runs 15 years per topic, then MAYBE.

  7. historiophiliac - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Bud Selig is napping and has no comment.

  8. sabatimus - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    It could very well be that Melky didn’t take PEDs before this year. He sucked with NY, he sucked with ATL, he was good last year with KC, but not .390 OBP and leading the league in hits and runs good like he is this year. So maybe he’s just not up on the concealment process.

  9. randygnyc - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Conte just recently said 60% of all Olympians were taking steroids. He spoke about Usain Bolt DEFINETELY using, etc. troubling.

  10. mybrunoblog - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Conte looks like Mr. Whipple.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 16, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      He does sorta’ look like Mr. Whipple. But soobster says he looks like the inside the actor’s studio guy as well. Hmmmm…a lot of similarities with both. I am going with the inside the actor’s studio guy. Tough call though.

  11. deathmonkey41 - Aug 15, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Has a career year and gets caught taking something… who would have thunk it? There might be some other players who went from average or below average players to all stars might start sweating a little now…

  12. soobster - Aug 15, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Conte looks like the guy from inside the actors studio.

  13. charlescub80 - Aug 15, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Everyone also forgets to mention basketball and PEDs. Oops just let the cat out of the bag. David Stern also just messed his pants.

  14. crisisjunky - Aug 16, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    nice pic Vic,
    I think this guy was on The History Channell last night, either telling me to check with my physician about possible side effects, or selling me a reverse mortgage, I forget which.

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