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Red Sox players are privately beefing about Jhonny Peralta being eligible

Oct 15, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

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Peter Gammons has a good take on Jhonny Peralta‘s presence on the Tigers’ playoff roster. The easy part, which others have observed: he served his time and is eligible, so what’s the problem? The part fewer people acknowledge: There are jobs and careers on the line based on how a team that is expected to win does, so there is a huge incentive for the Tigers to play Peralta no matter what people think about it.

But this nugget — passed off casually in the way that only someone with Gammons’ access can pull off — just makes me shake my head:

There are several Red Sox players who have complained privately that Peralta is allowed to play. They wonder what remains in his body.

Call me crazy, but I question whether they’d be complaining privately if it was their teammate who had come off a suspension.

People talked a bit after the Biogenesis suspensions — and the agreement of most players to not appeal — about how it might weaken the union. I doubt that. It made a lot of sense for most of those guys not to appeal. But one thing that can weaken the union is players themselves questioning the legitimacy of the drug testing and punishment system. And when you complain about a player who has done his time coming back, you are questioning the system’s legitimacy.

  1. dman6015 - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    What are the Red Sox players afraid of, losing to the Tigers because of one player? If they do, it will be because of their team effort, not one guy on the Tigers. Go out on the field and beat them.

  2. chip56 - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Given that David Ortiz hit a huge grand slam for Boston the Red Sox players can take their gripes and shove ’em.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Red Sox players are privately beefing about Jhonny Peralta being eligible

    It can’t be all that private if we’re learning about it.

    • witchrunner - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      Actually, I’d bet this is one over blown bit of reporting. Ask a guy about someone coming back from suspension and you are likely to get some who are less than thrilled. Anything short of “I think it’s great!” can be taken by a reporter as “beefing.” So, this is much ado about nothing. Heck, reporters have to write about something, so why not make a mountain out of a molehill with this. If it wasn’t this, it’d be something else. Remember, these are the same folks who couldn’t stand the Pats not making comments left and right about Tebow.

  4. jbriggs81 - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Its not just the Boston fans that are the crybabys. Its systemic and it starts with the players. Perhaps the Red Sox should spend less time griping about Peralta and more time studying the opposing pitchers.

  5. Michael Borshuk - Oct 15, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Can we see David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez’s urine tests from 2004? What a load of BS.

  6. provguard - Oct 16, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Boston, your act is old…

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