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Not all players named in the Biogenesis records should be treated the same

Feb 7, 2013, 9:14 AM EDT

New York Yankees catcher Cervelli smiles as he steps out of the batting cage at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

Dayn Perry of CBS Sports.com makes an excellent freaking observation: despite having all of the Biogenesis records at its disposal, the Miami New Times limited its reporting of players’ names to those clearly associated with PEDs in the records. They redacted and did not report the names of Ryan Braun, Jhonny Peralta and those players named in the past few days by other outlets. They explain their reasoning here.

I agree with Dayn that this does not mean that those who have reported other names have acted irresponsibly. Indeed, every report (as opposed to secondary, hand-wringing opinion) has been careful to note that names like Braun’s appear in the records — a clear fact — but are not linked to specific PEDs.  At the same time, however, the mere fact that those names are there has cultivated suspicion and accusations regarding them that no matter what ever else arises out of all of this will forever associate them with a PED story.

Was the Miami New Times overly cautious? Maybe. But given how badly PED accusations stain players’ reputations, the caution seems well-warranted. And even if those names are going to inevitably come out, the distinction between those who are specifically linked to PEDs in the documents and those who are not is one that should be noted as often as possible.

  1. chacochicken - Feb 7, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    The 2nd week of February is Blind Grandstanding Outrage week. Let’s not bicker and argue about who killed who. Blanket guilt is just easier for my lazy brain.

  2. heyblueyoustink - Feb 7, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    A wise man once said ” everybody needs a bosom for a pillow”.

    At this point, this whole thing is kind of dragging about.

    The trucks have pulled in, the pitchers and catchers are packing ( their clothes an such, not their drugs, hopefully ) and sring training is nearly here.

    So let’s all find a bosom, take a rest, and Fredo this whole Biogenesis thing until something of note, like suspensions, come down.

  3. papacrick - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Just about every athlete in every sport is injecting this stuff into their bodies and why wouldn’t they. If you could improve your performance and pay at work by putting some testosterone, which is actually good for you unlike heroin, into your body they you certainly would because that’s a lot better than fading out and not being able to support a family. People are so naive about it. The only people who believe there are droves of clean athletes are sheltered geeks who have clearly never worked out or played any competitive sports. Anybody who actually works out at a gym understands that just about every fit male out there is putting something into their body so of course the biggest and strongest athletes in the world are doing it too. It’s so irritating constantly reading these posts defending these players who are no doubt guilty of trying to gain a competitive advantage. The real shame is that we look down on these guys like its actually a big deal.. Sports would be really boring if all the athletes were completely clean and the product would be garbage. Watch what happens to football next year when they start HGH testing. The quality of play will fall off a cliff

    • paperlions - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      WTF would the quality of play be affected at all? If NFL players stop taking HGH all that will happen is that they’ll save some money. There is zero evidence that HGH helps recovery from injury or from workouts and there is zero evidence that it adds lean muscle or strength. The lack of evidence isn’t from a lack of study, HGH simply provides no benefits to adults with normal HGH levels (indeed, research shows that adults with high HGH levels have decreased stamina….meaning that taking HGH likely has more negative than positive effects on athletes).

  4. Old Gator - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Equal before the law! Every single name in the Biogenesis file is Gowachin guilty.

  5. lpd1964 - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Why is Ryan Braun’s name even associated with all of this? Braun’s name is in the records but not linked to PEDS? Yeah, ok.

  6. darthicarus - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    How about we just assume that all players are on some sort of PED and then make them fight to prove that they are clean?

    Oh wait, that’s sort of what’s going on anyway. Carry on.

  7. mazblast - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Of course not all players will be treated the same. There are players, there are stars, there are superstars, and in a category all their own, far beyond the realm of mere mortals, there are YANKEES.

    OK, the real truth–A mention in Biogenesis’ records is not the same as being cited as a PED-buying customer.

  8. tcostant - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Ever beem a little pregent? I didn’t think so.

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