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Coincidence? I think not.

Feb 14, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT

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Gio Gonzalez was named in  the Biogenesis report. Then, reports James Wagner:

Gonzalez had blood and urine samples taken two days after the New Times report was published on Jan. 29, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

Baseball is allowed to do “reasonable cause” testing. The Joint Drug Agreement says that can happen with two days’ notice.  Don’t gotta be a rocket scientist to figure this one out.

In the event that there was a positive test it would be weeks or even a month or two before it was known.

  1. dcfan4life - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Id love to see how the baseball writers would react if Gio’s test came back squeeky clean. Cuz frankly too many are writing as though he is guilty of something and as of right now he is not.

    • alang3131982 - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      Please, they wouldnt react. They wouldnt do anything or simply say he probably exploited a loophole or has some new fangled drug.

    • anotheryx - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      All it would mean is that he does not have significant amount of the chemical tested in his system at the time of the test, same with any other drug test.
      Players are tested all the time, and all but the most dumb ones pass.

      • jrd8523 - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        Exactly You would think the long list of athletes who only got caught because of paper trails would get people to stop dwelling on the testing. Its a test to how prepared you are to cheat more than its a drug test.

        I take a lot of drugs for a man who has passed every drug test he has ever taken with ease.

    • somekat - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      Or that he is using one of the dozens of PE’s that MLB doesn’t even test for

    • themohel - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      It might also be interesting to see how some writers on certain web sites would react if his test comes back dirty.

  2. thebadguyswon - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    He’s figured a way to beat the tests I’m sure, if he’s using anything at all. We’ll never know unless he tests positive, which I’m sure he won’t.

    • sportfandc - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      So, if the test comes back positive, he guilty. And if the test comes back negative, he’s guilty. I bet you have a HOF vote.

      • jrd8523 - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:39 PM

        It doesn’t have to be fair. Look at how many olympic athletes beat the olympic testing procedures only to be implicated through records, testimony, and their own cornered admissions. “I never tested positive” is a phrase thats been said by many admitted cheaters.

        The investigations that are ongoing are what matters.

      • thebadguyswon - Feb 14, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        I have no idea if he is. I’m assuming he’s smart enough not to get caught, if he is using.

  3. 4cornersfan - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Why would a player even go near a clinic that has been suspected of selling PEDs, whether or not they were taking the stuff? My understanding is that suspicion about Biogenesis go back to 2009 when Manny was suspended. Is there something about a baseball that makes you stupid when you hit it or throw it?

    • number42is1 - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      According to Big Papi, yes

    • byjiminy - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      Well he says he didn’t. He says his dad went there.

  4. Old Gator - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Gowachin guilty. Told ya so.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 15, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      Gowachin guilty.

      Did I miss a meme here? Someone please explain…

  5. dwdive - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Ohhhhhh Boy! It will be really interesting if the test comes back hot… Hopefully Fed Ex was responsible for the shipping, or else he could just find a chain of custody loop hole like Braun did. But Braun never used right? Even though both samples were positive? Funny stuff

  6. chadjones27 - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    How long do those “banned substances” stay in one’s blood? If he stopped prior to his involvement being “leaked” by the Biogenesis report, all the new test proves is that he’s clean… NOW.

    • chadjones27 - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      For the record, I am not saying, he’s guilty, just that this new test may not prove anything regarding the Biogenesis report.

      • Old Gator - Feb 14, 2013 at 5:26 PM

        It doesn’t have to. Gowachin guilty!

  7. rjostewart - Feb 14, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    How quickly everyone has forgotten that the substance Gonzalez is alleged to have purchased is legal under MLB rules.

    • djpostl - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      How quickly you forget in records later divulged, Gonzalez’s name appears next to a substance called, “pink cream.

      Yeah, that name isn’t going to raise suspicions after Balco. Not at all.

      • voteforno6 - Feb 14, 2013 at 7:09 PM

        They weren’t actually records, they were notes. If you have time, go check that page in question. It looks more like a coincidence than any link between Gonzalez and pink cream.

      • djpostl - Feb 14, 2013 at 8:52 PM

        They were notes in a medical file. Keep parsing words all you want but that makes it part of a record.

        Additionally, it doesn’t matter what it looks like now with a bunch of hindsight, multiple interviews with MLB etc…

        The moment that record/note turned up and had the phrase “pink cream” it meant MLB would invoke that clause and have him tested.

        I don’t know if he used stuff, but I do know if I was looking at the same information at the moment in time I’d have been drawing blood and making him pee in a cup also.

      • voteforno6 - Feb 14, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        I’m not parsing words. I’m responding to your contention that his name appeared next to the pink cream reference. This link is very tenuous at best. If you have a chance, take a look at that particular page (it’s on the New Times website). Gonzalez’s name is on the bottom left-hand side, along with some statistics. On the right side, starting at the top of the sheet is a list of ingredients for “pink cream.” These entries do not visually line up. Rather, they look like separate entries in a note pad. There’s very little organization to these notes, other than some dates on them.

        All that we know is that these are notes, and there is no indication that any of these are actually part of a medical file. All that we’ve seen is what appears to be pages from Bosch’s personal notebook(s). You are the one that is leaping to conclusions here, without seeming to have actually looked at these documents.

        If you really want to hang Gonzalez over this aspect of the story, then that’s your prerogative. However, your problem here is that you’re basing it on some very flimsy evidence, while ignoring another part of this that has not been addressed by Gonzalez or anyone.

  8. natslady - Feb 14, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    No one thinks it is a coincidence but it is interesting that after the test Gio was invited to the WBC: also not a coincidence ++ right?

    • Old Gator - Feb 14, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      When you’re Gowachin guilty, there are no “coincidences.”

  9. sdemp - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Its simple, test positive for greenies and you’re labeled a steriod/PED user, even though most players in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s used greenies daily. MLB and all sports writers are a bunch of hylypocrites. For petes sake, MLB players can’t even drink a monster because its not FDA approved.

    Until MLB can prove exactly what these players took to trigger a positive test I think MLB can go to hell and take their testing policy with them.

    • djpostl - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:58 PM

      Or you could stop being a whiny bitch and realize that it’s their business, their game.

      They get to make the rules and if you don’t like it stop watching.

  10. sdemp - Feb 14, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Nobody’s whining donkey. . . obviously your comprehension skills are lacking.

    The point is that the PED’s that are now illegal in baseball were at one point legal and rampant throughout baseball. Why do players of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s get a past, but players of today are labeled steriod users.

    Its a joke and so are you.

  11. shwoogy1 - Feb 14, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Seriously though, who cares if athletes take PED’s. Let them roid up and make the games funner to watch. It’s their own body, let them do what they want. They’ve obviously been doing it for forever anyways. Let it go.

  12. randygnyc - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Medical records? You won’t find those. Bosch wasn’t a doctor. What you will find is a drug dealers hand written notes. With the buyers names, what their drugs of choices are and sometimes, monetary amounts. Players no longer get the benefit of the doubt with me.

  13. baseballer28 - Feb 15, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    This guy is freakin as guilty as Bonds or Clemons…I wish MLB would ban him. We don’t need guys like this in The Show. He’s a fraud and a loser.

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