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Skip Bayless thinks we’re “remiss” if we don’t wonder if Derek Jeter is doing PEDs

Aug 23, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

Skip Bayless

Derek Jeter is having a great year. Especially for a 38 year-old. But the thing about elite,  Hall of Fame talents is that they often have great years late in their career. That’s sort of part of being an elite, Hall of Fame talent.

But Skip Bayless thinks it is incumbent upon us to be suspicious of Jeter. He thinks we’d be “remiss” not to ask if he’s taking PEDs:

Bayless engaged in a heated debate in which he quoted BALCO founder Victor Conte as saying synthetic testosterone use is “rampant” in the majors today. He then asked, “If you are Derek Jeter, would you think about using HGH right now?” Bayless backed off accusing Jeter of any wrongdoing.

“I am not saying he uses a thing,” Bayless said. “I have no idea. But within the confines of his sport, it is fair for all of us, in fact you are remiss, if you don’t at least think about this.”

No Skip, you are not. You are, however, a classless muckraking jerk for making such a weasely insinuation designed to use Jeter’s fame and a volatile subject to bolster your “he’ll say anything!” brand and get people to watch your dumbass show.

What say you Jetes?

Jeter said he hadn’t viewed “First Take,” nor had he heard about Bayless’ statements.

Good plan. And Jeter didn’t ask me, but if he did, I’d tell him he should just watch “The Lights” on the NBC Sports Network in the morning. No Bayless or Smith. Just 20 minute loops of all of last night’s highlights repeating all morning. We’ll only report on Jeter taking steroids on “The Lights” if he does it in the middle of a game!

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  1. brycebstone - Aug 23, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    When you have an older baseball player whose performance improves and starts doing things he never has before, asking the question is ok because baseball and the players have done this to themselves.

    I don’t think he is using steroids. But can we admit that the motivation (money, legacy, etc) is there for him to use it, especially if he notices a decline? Again, I don’t think he is, but it is ok to ask the question.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      starts doing things he never has before

      He’s put up far better numbers in his career over many years, than what he’s put up this year. Are y’all secretly looking up Mike Trout or Andrew McCutchen instead of Jeter?

  2. Kevin Gillman - Aug 23, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    I watched a report on “First Take” this morning with Jason Stark. He made the statement not once, but twice that if drug use is in MLB, it’s all over sports, including NFL. Now ESPN is the home of the NFL, and of course both Bayless and Smith talk constant about Football on that show, and of course they didn’t even want to talk about that statement. I find what Stark said to be absolutely true, yet the media, and more specifically ESPN turn their head whenever there is a HGH story in related to Football.

  3. vikesfansteve - Aug 23, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Better watch the lights on an empty stomach

  4. drewzducks - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    As a Sox fan I hate the Yankees but have always respected the hell out of Jeter and not just cuz of all the tail he gets. We all remember the head first dive and bloody face in’04 while Nomar sulked in the dugout. My respect has only increased after being subjected to this current group of self centered fu’s in which their professionalism and apparent lack of giving a rats ass on all accounts whether it’s blowing off the Pesky funeral, seemingly swinging early in counts late in the game when their trailing and on so many other levels which has come to epitomize the 2012 Sox. Jeter seemed to display more emotion than most of these jerks when he spoke of Peskys passing and he’s a freakin Yankee for Gods sake. For this worthless twerp Bayless to make such a suggestion with no basis whatsoever screams out of someone trying to make a name for himself by linking arguably the most respected player in the game with PEDs. This just screams of someone who used to be a name in the sports media world looking for a cheap headline. Maybe he has an Around the Horn appearance coming up but on behalf of most Red Sox fans…Hey Skip go F yourself.

    • bozosforall - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:09 PM

      Hilarious how so many Boston fans were lining up to kneel to slurp on the Johnsons of he Red Sox when they were winning but now are so eager to throw them unde he bus now that they are losing. What makes Boston the biggest fair-weather fan base in all of sport. On behalf of the current Red Sox players…hey crybaby Boston sports fans…go F yourselves.

      • drewzducks - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:07 AM

        Don’t know what you and your HIV victim Magic has to do with fair-weather Sox fans but apparently a slurper like yourself is to much of a mindless sycophant to criticize your Yanks, Lakers or 9ers. No surprise there.

      • bozosforall - Aug 27, 2012 at 12:47 AM

        I criticize when necessary…unlike you constantly crying Boston losers. No surprise there.

      • drewzducks - Aug 27, 2012 at 9:52 PM

        I’ve been criticizing them often this year and whenever deserved over the last 35 years SFB. You are the most pathetic loser on this site and a very sad soul, which I find not sad in the least.

      • bozosforall - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:41 PM

        No way that I could be the most pathetic losr here, what with the legions of Boston chumps who post here. You being the whiniest Puh C of them all.

      • drewzducks - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:12 PM

        Sorry bjsforall but you’ve retired the title.

      • bozosforall - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:16 PM

        Keep dreaming, drewsucksd!cks. New England sports fans will always hold that title. Nearly 100 years of crying about New York Yankee dominance over the Red Sox cement that title for you losers.

  5. jimtron11 - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    I agree with Skip. If the steroid era has taught us one thing; it’s that players aren’t like fine wines; they don’t get (naturally) better with age. Jeter looked like his career was headed down the toilet some years ago when many Yankees fans were talking about how big an Albatross his contract would eventually look like as their superstar shortshop’s tools began to wane. And yet, at age 38, Jeter looks as spry as he was as a 25-year-old and he’s even garnering some MVP talk here n 2012. We know Jeter’s as big a competitor as there is in sports. It would stand to reason that would look for every possible edge off the field, just as he does while on the field. There may not be any hard evidence againt him, but then aain; that’s almost always the case for cheater’s who are eventually exposed. My gut tells me Jeter is a cheater, but chances are we’ll never know for sure.

    • giantsfan428 - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      Yeah, sure, you “agree with Skip”. NICE TRY, BAYLESS, BUT YOU CAN’T FOOL ME!
      Next time, Skip, try to pick a better username than “jimtron11”. Wayyyyyy too obvious.

  6. mvp43 - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Jeter will retire as one of the all time Yankee greats. No way in hell would he risk that (and all that comes with it) by taking PED’s.

  7. itsonlyaspeedbump - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Skip Bayless…Must. Not. Pay. Attention. To. His. Ramblings.

    So. Hard. To. Re-sist.


    Okay Skip, you win again. I’m going to read a story about something idiotic u said, get outraged about it, and further promote your brand of nonsense.

    Curse you Bayless! CURSE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. timpaz - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    I guess this clown is a bitter Red Sox fan, why don’t you ask about Big Papi resurgence? This is the problem with Espn and other sports networks, they hie these unqualified wannabes.

    • pleasefireskip - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:02 AM

      Big Papi said “i didnt use Steroids” and the entire sports world said “ok, we believe you” and Papi continues to get standing ovations to this day, even in Oakland. Roger Clemens said i didnt do it and he got roasted over the coals by congress and to this day, he DOESNT get standing ovations (altough that may change soon).

      On the one hand, everyone wants to tell you how great Jeter is, all time great, first ballot HOFer, class guy on and off the field, etc. But now, people can’t understand how he’s playing well?

      Someone please put 2 and 2 together for me how a guy can be a first ballot HOFer and an all time great, but people are surprised he’s leading the league in hits and having a good season?

  9. jikkle49 - Aug 23, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    News isn’t about the news anymore but about entertainment and getting you to watch the news. That goes for sports and real news as well.

    Bayless is just doing his job and getting people talking and riled up. It’s exactly what the heel in wrestling does. The fact that this was posted and has 3 pages of comments is a testament to that.

    Bayless is clearly wrong with his statement but I blame Baseball more than anybody for opening itself up to it. When you’ve had two older players busted for PEDs suddenly having great years it’s only going to put the spotlight on all the older players having bounce back years and open them up to that question.

  10. ndrocks2 - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    That’s a Clown Statement Bro!!! Of course Bayless is a clown so him saying that makes sense and it garnered him the attention he so desperately seeks.

  11. pudsmoke - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Just for the record, Ted Williams led the AL in hitting in 1957 with a .388 batting average. He was 39 . He then led the league again in 1958 with a .328 BA. He slumped to . 254 but bounced back in 1960 ( his last season ) with a .316 BA. Musial hit .330 in 1962 after three straight seasons where he failed to hit .300. He turned 42 that year.

    Derek Jeter is only 38 and keeps himself in tremendous shape. History proves that what he is doing this year is not unheard of .

  12. pleasefireskip - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    To me, when Skip Bayless talks, its similar to the question that asks if a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, did it make a sound. Is there still anyone in the free world who doesnt hit the mute button the second you see Skip B’s face? I know that ESPN loves Skip because he ‘creates controversy’ but when i enough enough?

  13. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    sorry but this is the age we live in now, “all” players are under suspect and it dont matter how up and up you may seem and thats just how it is, end of story.What craig cant understand here is beyond me, bottom line is in this day and age you have to suspect “everyone” and thats how it is

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 26, 2012 at 11:37 AM

      You’d do well in Russia or North Korea.

    • flavadave10 - Aug 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      So no one deserves to go into the Hall of Fame because we should just assume that they cheated. Got it.

  14. sparky1002 - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    I recall the struggle Jeter had in getting to that 3000th hit. I had no problem in understanding the strain others placed on him to obtain it. Likewise I have no problem at all in understanding the imense relief Jeter must have felt when he not only obtained his 3000th, but did so with a homerun no less. After that he was like a man relieved of an imense burden, and as a consequence has never looked back but rather gained much of his prior form when it comes to hitting consistently. Now some want to credit his performance since 3000 to PED`s. I`ll blame a relaxed Jeter for his turn-around, a relaxed Jeter who now has not a thing to prove to anyone of his worthiness to be placed into the Hall of Fame on a first ballot.

  15. bw1980 - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    As a Red Sox fan, I have only one thing to say to Skip Bayless: F*ck you!

    I don’t like Jeter one bit–I think he seeks the camera, I think he’s phoney and his defense is overrated from the standpoint that he doesn’t make a lot of difficult plays and makes a lot of routine plays look difficult but he is very sound defensively. But what Derek Jeter is a professional who always has taken care of himself–he looks the same as he did when he was 22–and the way he is playing this year has nothing to do with PEDs. It’s not like he’s suddenly mashing towering home runs, the guy has 14 that have inched over the fences.

    Skip Bayless is nothing but a prototypical ESPN infotainment personality: a hack who says outrageous shit, not rooted in any fact or investigative work.

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