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PED-derangement Watch: Bill Madden edition

Nov 13, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

Texas Rangers baserunner Cruz is congratulated in his dugout after he scored a run off a two-run single by teammate Murphy against Seattle Mariners in their American League game at Safeco Field in Seattle

If you are incapable of talking about Nelson Cruz and Jhonny Peralta as free agents without couching almost the entire discussion in the Biogenesis stuff, you may be suffering from PED Derangement Syndrome. Sadly, Bill Madden of the Daily News is exhibiting all of the symptoms.

Today he has a column about how Cruz and Peralta might be good targets for the Mets to pursue in free agency. And they may be. But we can’t really assess that from Madden’s column which spends very little time on their baseball merits and how they might fit into the Mets’ roster and payroll structure and almost all of its time on clever little jabs about how Cruz and Peralta were suspended for the Biogenesis stuff this past season:

But if he doesn’t get Granderson, where might Alderson go for the bats he needs? I say he should think Biogenesis.

After all, Alderson has never seemed to have a problem with drug-tainted players, going all the way back to his days in Oakland when, whether he knew it or not, the Bash Brothers, Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, were alleged to have been shooting up steroids in the bathroom stalls of the A’s clubhouse … There is one other added advantage in signing Cruz or Peralta. Both of them have demonstrated they know how to beat a drug test.

There are a few lines about them being power threats. But a lot more about the drug history of Sandy Alderson-signed players. Which would be fine if it were used to make an argument about the risk of these guys due to their suspensions presented a possible financial inefficiency or something, but I’m not seeing that argument in Madden’s piece. It’s just a facile “look at the druggie players and the drug-friendly general manager! They should get together!” And the sense you get is that they should get together because of the story it would create just as much as they should for baseball purposes.

I dunno, Maybe the most interesting thing about Cruz, Peralta and Alderson is their associations with PEDs. I just sorta feel that Mets fans are more interested in them as baseball players and their team’s GM than they are as subjects of Bill Madden’s and the Daily News’ PED obsession.

  1. frank35sox - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Hey look, another column about Craig complaining about other journalists…

    • danwilliamsmlb - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      Hey look, another uninformed reader accusing Craig of being a journalist.

      • frank35sox - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        Definition of JOURNALIST. 1. a: a person engaged in journalism; especially: a writer or editor for a news medium

        Craig- writer
        NBC- news medium

    • Craig Calcaterra - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      Define anything any way you’d like. And give me any label you’d like. Kinda don’t care.

      But if your argument is that it is illegitimate to question the sources via which most of us obtain our news, well, I’ll disagree with you there.

      • maikoch - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        Very well. I choose double-talking two-timing no-good lazy-ass cracker four flusher with a tiny penis. Oh, and fascist, too.

      • babyfarkmcgeezax - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        Craig is still looking for his popcorn.

      • anxovies - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:22 PM

        A guy who calls himself “malkoch” talking about somebody’s defective penis. Now there’s irony.

  2. chill1184 - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    The gaggle of retards that is the NY media is a such a joke. They’ve hated Alderson since the day he came here because Alderson tunes them out and doesn’t care what they think. Whether it’s the print guys or the overweight, loudmouthed over rated hack on the AM dial, to Alderson they’re insignificant noise who never have had to run a sports team. They badly wish Omar “Lets give him a big expensive vesting option” Minaya because Minaya the idiot he is was more interested in making friends of these morons and getting pats on the back.

    Also it isn’t the local guys the Ministry of Truth’s mental midgets whether its that loudmouthed piece of ghetto trash Stephen A Smith, the Jeter jock sniffing Ian O’Conner, that left wing race-baiting douche Rob Parker (until he got fired), Pelfrey without the splitter and breaking ball Adam Rubin and the rest of them.

    • Ryan Lansing - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      Cool, John Rocker comments here.

  3. rbj1 - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    I had been reading Madden in the NYDN since the 1970s. He’s spent enough time in clubhouses. I wonder what he has seen that he’s not telling. Now, I don’t expect him to spill the beans – otherwise he won’t have clubhouse access — but just spare us the righteous indignation.

  4. bankboy2012 - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    It’s more a desperate plea to give him three Mad Libs templates for columns.

    Sign either of them and he gets favorites such as “Player Name is doing well, he must be on better stuff”, “Player Name is doing poorly, he must have stopped juicing” and “Player Name is doing OK but not great, he must not be taking enough”

  5. chacochicken - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Sandy Alderson and Queen Elizabeth are drug dealers Bill Madden-LaRouche

  6. chip56 - Nov 13, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    So you’ve clearly never heard of sarcasm if you read that Madden column and couldn’t tell that it was largely written tongue-in-cheek

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