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Sportswriter basically accuses Chris Davis of using PEDs

Jul 5, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

Chris Davis AP

I noted that fans on Twitter have come to assume Chris Davis is using steroids every time he hits a homer but now we have a well-known sportswriter — Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times — doing it too. Oh, he couches it in the “hey, maybe he’s clean, we just don’t know!” language all of these guys have come to use, but make no mistake: Rick Telander is accusing Chris Davis of using steroids:

People might wonder what the fallout from the baseball’s Steroid Era is.

Try this: Amazing Orioles slugger Chris Davis (in town to play the White Sox) is on pace to hit 61 home runs — Roger Maris’ golden number — and what he gets as a reception instead of cheery anticipation is a lot of raised eyebrows. The first thing that goes  through any informed fan’s mind when he or she sees a 6-3, 230-pound muscleman come from almost nowhere and suddenly start ringing the home-run bell is steroids.

He throws in some casual speculation of Miguel Cabrera too. Then he notes that Davis has had a three-month span of homers which is similar to one Rafael Palmeiro once had and stings it with “Palmeiro? Yep, a previously disgraced ’roider.”

Once again it’s worth reminding ourselves that when a blogger said stuff nowhere near as pointed as this a few years ago he was excoriated by the national professional sporting press. Now guys like Telander do it every time a slugger who was not previously thought of as A-list hits some homers and no one cares. Jose Bautista got this treatment a couple of years ago. Davis is getting it now. And these hacks continue to sit there and act like they have earned the right to be gatekeepers of the sport we love. Like they’re some esteemed authority whose judgment should be presumed to be sound.

Baloney. You don’t have to assume Chris Davis is taking some banned substance. You can watch him play well and enjoy it. You really can. If something comes up later, welp, it comes up later and we can reassess what we think about Chris Davis’ accomplishments.  But to simply assume like Telander does that everyone who plays this game well must be a cheater is misery personified.

(link via BleedCubbieBlue)

  1. thebigtebowski - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Chris Davis is a juice head

    • pkers - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      How dare you, sir, make unfounded accusations that Chris Davis is the Kool-Aid Man! How DARE you!! Just because he likes to burst through walls and shout “Oh Yeaaaah!” and his head is the shape of a juice jar doesn’t mean…that…he…um. Ok. Yes. He is the juice-headed Kool-Aid Man.

      • drone501 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        you are a funny m fer

  2. tc4306 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Davis gets his ‘roids from the man in white in Toronto

  3. raiderinvader - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    the guy hit like 35 home runs last year.he was a high draft pick if the rangers just never had a consistent chance to produce.I would be a little more suspicious of guys who are like 37 and “suddenly” start cranking out home runs.

    • spursareold - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      Actually, since 35 is nowhere NEAR a pace for 61, I’ll go ahead and be suspicious of that kind of jump, no matter what his age is.

      • bfunk1978 - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        Maris hit 39 in 1960 and 33 in 1962, and of course 61 in 1961. Those were his age 25, 27, and 26 years respectively.

        Last year, Davis hit 33 in his age 26 season, the second time ever he played more than 100 games. I have no problem with him performing similarly to Maris at a similar age.

        All of this is right off the player pages on baseball-reference.

      • pipkin42 - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:22 PM

        As Keith Law has mentioned on a few occasions, the guy always had light-tower power. He just couldn’t lay off bad pitches. Add in a little more plate discipline, (perhaps) a different or better workout regimen, and his age-27 season and all this seems eminently plausible.

    • budha425 - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      *See Raul Ibanez*

  4. spursareold - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    If baseball really wants to stay clean, anyone on a minimum pace for Maris, or greater pees in a cup weekly as standard procedure.

  5. thebadguyswon - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    This is the bed MLB made. Maybe 25 years from now, the suspicions will abate.

  6. lessick - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    I agree that in context, Telander’s comments are not so bad.

    By the way, name the player:

    Age 21: 11 HR
    Age 22: 19 HR
    Age 23: 14 HR
    Age 24: 15 HR
    Age 25: 20 HR
    Age 26: 16 HR
    Age 27: 44 HR

    • thebadguyswon - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      Jose Bautista

    • thinkfirstthenspeak - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      Yaz

  7. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    These accusations are nonsense.

  8. mazblast - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Telander is engaging in a little bit of rhetorical gimmickry. I don’t remember what it’s called, but it consists of weakly denying something in order to put the thought in everyone’s head that it is the case. The classic example is saying, “There is no evidence that the Senator still beats his wife.”

    Sad work by a fading hack writer.

  9. hvoigt21 - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    It is funny we mention Roger Maris’ record everyTime someone like ,CDavis is hitting,HRS. Guess what ….Roger Maris was not hitting HRs until he joined the Yanks. It wasn’t like he hit a lot of hrs the years prior leading up to they’re he hit 61,

  10. atteckus - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    I’m willing to give Chris the benefit of the doubt. That said, we have a random drug testing policy in place, and I want to know that that policy has been specifically applied to him. Its not about him, the Orioles, or any other consideration, beyond the integrity of the game. One cannot ignore the repeat of the classical pattern – gym rat, bulked, sudden onset of explosive power compared to prior seasons, etc. I think he’s probably clean and certainly hope so. But for the integrity of baseball itself, we need to know to a certainty that he is.

  11. sobojo813 - Jul 6, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Hey Telander, have you stopped beating your boyfriend?

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