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Major League Baseball releases a statement on the Miami New Times story

Jan 29, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

Bud Selig AP AP

MLB has released a statement about the Miami New Times story.  Nothing unexpected. I will say, though, that the shoutout to the Mitchell Report made me laugh. Nothing makes the p.r-motivated superficiality of the Mitchell Report any clearer than seeing a story like this one.  At the time they crowed about the Mitchell Report as being a thorough accounting. As I’ve written many times before, it … was not.

Anyway, from MLB:

“We are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances.  These developments, however, provide evidence of the comprehensive nature of our anti-drug efforts.  Through our Department of Investigations, we have been actively involved in the issues in South Florida.  It is also important to note that three of the players allegedly involved have already been disciplined under the Joint Drug Program.

“The recommendations of the Mitchell Report have once again played a critical role in Major League Baseball’s ongoing efforts against performance-enhancing drugs.  MLB implemented all of the recommendations made by Senator Mitchell in 2007, several of which emphasized the significance of installing proactive investigative services.

“The establishment of our Department of Investigations has represented a critical advance in these comprehensive efforts.  In the years since its formation, DOI’s work has proven pivotal to bringing to light information regarding the use of performance-enhancing substances.  Furthermore, DOI has built strong working relationships with federal and local law enforcement authorities.  These relationships are crucial because only law enforcement officials have the capacity to reach those outside the game who are involved in the distribution of illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

“Vigilance remains the key toward protecting the integrity of our game.  We have the best and most stringent drug testing policy in professional sports, we continue to work with our doctors and trainers to learn what they are seeing day-to-day and we educate our players about the game’s unbending zero-tolerance approach.  We remain fully committed to following all leads and seeking the appropriate outcomes for all those who use, purchase and are involved in the distribution of banned substances, which have no place in our game.

“We are in the midst of an active investigation and are gathering and reviewing information.  We will refrain from further comment until this process is complete.”

  1. goskinsvt - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Re; Gio Gonzalez – None of the ingredients in the named drug AminoRip are on the banned substances list.

    • natslady - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Saw the story early this morning. Please no Nats, please no Nats, please no Nats–then, Gio, I saw Gio’s name.

      Here is my message to Gio and his father: “We LOVE you. If you are guilty of ANYTHING, admit it, say you are sorry, put it behind you and DON’T do it ever again. Don’t lie, don’t make excuses, don’t cover up. However, if you are NOT guilty, FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT. You know your heart, I don’t.”

      Gio has been nothing but fun for us Nats fans. He put on a great “show” as he called it, tweeted all during the off-season with pics of his family, his fishing trips, his music, etc.

      My grandmother (lived to be 98) took a One-A-Day vitamin every day all her adult life. Recently, I read these pills are basically useless. People, eat your veggies, take long walks, breathe clean air. Use the talent God gave you.

      Also, bear in mind that people are being tortured and killed in Syria. Don’t cheat. It isn’t worth it.

      • Ralph - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM

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      • babych99 - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        What does your grandmother and Syria have to do do with all of this?

      • gsrider911 - Jan 29, 2013 at 6:55 PM

        Not so fast Natslady:

        From article: “There’s also the curious case of Gio Gonzalez, the 27-year-old, Hialeah-native, left-handed hurler who won 21 games last year for the Washington Nationals. Gonzalez’s name appears five times in Bosch’s notebooks, including a specific note in the 2012 book reading, “Order 1.c.1 with Zinc/MIC/… and Aminorip. For Gio and charge $1,000.” (Aminorip is a muscle-building protein.)”

        There’s been talk that Aminorip doesn’t contain any banned substances, but MIC — a supplement used to burn fat — does contain IGF-1, which is banned.

        On the surface (no judgement cast yet) it appears that Geo is as guilty as the other U of Miami boys listed in theMiami New Times article.

    • foolmaker - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      He could go on to have a Hall of Fame career but will still be “linked” to steroids. Sad. B/R already plastered his face on their homepage with the PED headline.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        Why the hell would you read B/R?

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      To be ultra clear – this is not a troll, and if Cliff Lee’s name appears, I will say the same thing.

      Where there is smoke, there is fire. If a dozen major leaguers are going to a guy for PED’s, it would be an insane coincidence if the father another Major Leaguer legitamately was going to the same guy for weight loss – what, Jenny Craig was closed that day? Same goes for going to the guy for non-banned substances.

      I don’t know what did or did not happen. But I can not believe Gio’s father was going to this guy to lose weight

      • natslady - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        I understand. I don’t think this applies to any given team or fan base, so for once I excuse any Phillies fans who are commented on Nats’ affairs. As Bob Costas said, why do Major League athletes (and their families) who have access to the best trainers, facilites, etc. in the WORLD go these hole-in-the-corner storefront suppliers?

        Gio’s father will defend his son–you expect that. Gio himself needs to get out front of this–if he has done anything, bought anything, taken anything–just admit it and let the chips fall.

        Right this minute, he is probably in shock. Went to weddings all winger, and he just came up here to NatsFest, signed autographs, etc. Spending a the last few days of the off-season enjoying his freedom and THEN–this hits. Mike Rizzo needs to get down to Florida and find out the real story.

        Look at Manti Te’o. I happen to feel he is not as “innocent and naive” as he tries to portray himself, and that he and his family knew full well how much “narrative” plays into a Heisman campaign. I don’t want to convict Gio before anything has been proved. But this doesn’t have a good “smell.”

  2. unclemosesgreen - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:11 AM


    • Old Gator - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      Quiet! Someone’s dog will think you’re calling him.

  3. unclemosesgreen - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Given ARod’s painting of himself as a centaur, I’m surprised one of the drugs wasn’t Lasix.

    • Old Gator - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      Like that de-mythologizing centaur from Pasolini’s Medea, methinks. His legend is imploding around him like shrinkwrap.

      • voteforno6 - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        This may be the first time that I’ve ever seen a reference to Pasolini here, or on any sports web site. Bonus points if you can come up with a good allusion to Salo.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        I didn’t know Dan Pastorini directed plays. Good for him!

      • Old Gator - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        @#6: First of all, you are not a number. You are a free man. Stop being so unmutual.

        And when you get to New Jersey (whose groundwater could be allegorized as the Hell of Shit), be sure to Salo to Chris Christie…..

        Okay, sorry about that….

      • voteforno6 - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        I thought about going with the new number two, but…anyway, I’m not sure what that means “to Salo to Chris Christie.” Does that mean to give him some potluck ideas? The man looks like he eats a lot of food, but I’m not sure he’ll eat that.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        #6 – try to see it more in this context: “Salo to my l’il fren.”

      • Old Gator - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        #6: FWIW, da wife (who is Monty Python British) and I spent our practice honeymoon at Portmeirion (AKA “The Village”) during a Six of One convention. Must tell you about it over a couple of virgin strawberry daiquiries some time. Interessin’ place, that. We all owe a great deal to Clough Williams-Ellis, you know?

  4. Old Gator - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Great press release from Bud Light. The guy can spin like a dreydle.

  5. darthicarus - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Although this statement is a bunch of blah blah PR stuff, I find that if I picture Sammy Sosa reading it to me from his couch sporting one of those spiffy yellow sweaters it reads quite nicely.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 29, 2013 at 9:20 PM


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