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Bending Rules, Keeping It Classy

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Bending Rules: MLB has amended Official Baseball Rule 3.05. The amendment will “prohibit a manager from sending his current pitcher out to warm up with no intention of having him pitch because a relief pitcher is not ready to enter the game.” The rule was changed because Joe Maddon needed some extra time for one of his relievers and sent Sam Fuld to the mound to bide some time for Cesar Ramos to get warm. Fuld never actually pitched. “I know this, that all the odd kind of moments that occur during the season regarding umpiring, that they do write them down, and they’ll talk about it at the end of the season. So, it doesn’t surprise me. And it also indicates that they’re on top of things, so I kind of like it,” Maddon said. What a class act. Seems like a nice guy.

Class Act: Matt Kemp does not want the MVP Award. If you recall, Matt placed second in MVP voting. If Braun loses the appeal to his 50-game suspension, he could lose the title and could potentially be given to Kemp. Kemp said he would feel like the award would be given “by default’ and hopes to have as good a season this year and win the award “straight up.” Kemp also feels kind of bad for Braun and the situation he’s in. Seems like a nice, classy guy.

Personally, I think Kemp should have been the 2011 MVP.

Moving On: Remember when Wilson Ramos was kidnapped in November? Remember when he was rescued two days later? He has reported to Spring Training and is ready for the season. The man went through and extremely traumatizing experience, but he’s ready to get the season under way. Here’s to a lucrative season for Wilson (and maybe Strasburg?).

  • Eddie Von White

    Katie – I agree with Matt Kemp – I wouldn’t take the award either, but if it weren’t for the roids he would of earned it straight up.

    He and Maddon both remind me of Tim Tebow’s classiness.

    ESPN over exposed Strasburg in his rookie campaign. I don’t think he’s as good as they think.

    • Joe Aiello

      Eddie,

      Nowhere has it been shown that Braun was taking anything considered to be performance enhancing. All we know is he came up positive for a banned substance and he has maintained it was due to medication and not doping. He’s one of the few that contiues to maintain his inocence. I don’t think we’ve seen the end of this story yet.

      • Jedi

        In fact there have been prominent reports that Braun tested positive for a substance that is most commonly found in a particular herpes medication.  I’d be thrilled if he was guilty – but considering his options “I cheat at baseball” or “I have an STD” it’s a bit easier to understand why he might not be quite as forthcoming about what caused his positive test (for performance enhancers).

      • Eddie Von White

        However, if he was taking a banned substance, does that not mean he was “doping”?  If he had good reason, is there not an avenue to take where he could have gotten it ok’d by MLB beforehand for health reasons? Just wondering…If I get picked up for speeding and I tell the officer I had a good reason,  I still get the ticket. With the scrutiny major league players on under, it seems naive or arrogant that he would just take it without first checking. I am one of those guys that happens to like Ryan Braun, but now he has cast a shadow on himself probably forever in the baseball world.

      • Joe Aiello

        My point was that you said it was due to ‘roids and I said that we have not seen anything that tells us what he took enhanced his performance on the field.

      • Eddie Von White

        Joe – point taken. I should not have assumed he was taking steroids. But out of curosity, why would a substance other than “performance enhancing” be banned – unless it was illegal drugs?  I’m not suggesting Braun was doing that, but why would they ban something that doesn’t make any difference? Are certain prescription drugs not allowed?

      • Joe Aiello

        For the same reason we don’t know how many playoff teams we’ll see this year. It’s Major League Baseball where they can’t figure out anything. They’re more concerned about running promotions and things of that sort than to actually come up with things that make sense.

      • Joe Aiello

        For the same reason we don’t know how many playoff teams we’ll see this year. It’s Major League Baseball where they can’t figure out anything. They’re more concerned about running promotions and things of that sort than to actually come up with things that make sense.

      • Jeremiah Johnson

        Eddie, there are a bunch of substances associated with chemically masking the presence of performance enhancers.  When Manny Ramirez got dinged the first time for PED’s, it was for an elevated testosterone level that was the result of him using a female fertility drug.  Often when guys get caught, it’s not the actual PED’s that show up, but whatever masking agent they’re trying to use to cover it up.  Braun’s high testosterone level tipped them off that something was going on–now they just have to determine what it was exactly.  As to your question about prescription drugs, the MLB and most other major sports leagues have hotlines that players can call if they have a question about a drug or supplement they want to take.  That way they can avoid the unpleasant surprise of a failed drug test.

      • Eddie Von White

        Thanks for the explanation. It just baffles my mind how a major-league player would take a chance on something that might bring him this kind of shame.

      • BLPCB

        The stuff Braun got busted for is the same stuff Floyd Landis was busted for. And I believe the tests showed synthetic testosterone in Braun’s system, just like Landis. All the excuses Landis gave were phony. Beer and whiskey? Really? Dehydrated? You said after that race having your car right next to you was a big help in keeping you hydrated.

      • Jeremiah Johnson

        Eddie, there are a bunch of substances associated with chemically masking the presence of performance enhancers.  When Manny Ramirez got dinged the first time for PED’s, it was for an elevated testosterone level that was the result of him using a female fertility drug.  Often when guys get caught, it’s not the actual PED’s that show up, but whatever masking agent they’re trying to use to cover it up.  Braun’s high testosterone level tipped them off that something was going on–now they just have to determine what it was exactly.  As to your question about prescription drugs, the MLB and most other major sports leagues have hotlines that players can call if they have a question about a drug or supplement they want to take.  That way they can avoid the unpleasant surprise of a failed drug test.

      • Eddie Von White

        Thanks for the explanation. It just baffles my mind how a major-league player would take a chance on something that might bring him this kind of shame.

      • AC0000000

        The stuff Braun got busted for is the same stuff Floyd Landis was busted for. And I believe the tests showed synthetic testosterone in Braun’s system, just like Landis. All the excuses Landis gave were phony. Beer and whiskey? Really? Dehydrated? You said after that race having your car right next to you was a big help in keeping you hydrated.

    • Joe Aiello

      Eddie,

      Nowhere has it been shown that Braun was taking anything considered to be performance enhancing. All we know is he came up positive for a banned substance and he has maintained it was due to medication and not doping. He’s one of the few that contiues to maintain his inocence. I don’t think we’ve seen the end of this story yet.

      • Jedi

        In fact there have been prominent reports that Braun tested positive for a substance that is most commonly found in a particular herpes medication.  I’d be thrilled if he was guilty – but considering his options “I cheat at baseball” or “I have an STD” it’s a bit easier to understand why he might not be quite as forthcoming about what caused his positive test (for performance enhancers).

      • Eddie Von White

        However, if he was taking a banned substance, does that not mean he was “doping”?  If he had good reason, is there not an avenue to take where he could have gotten it ok’d by MLB beforehand for health reasons? Just wondering…If I get picked up for speeding and I tell the officer I had a good reason,  I still get the ticket. With the scrutiny major league players on under, it seems naive or arrogant that he would just take it without first checking. I am one of those guys that happens to like Ryan Braun, but now he has cast a shadow on himself probably forever in the baseball world.

      • Joe Aiello

        My point was that you said it was due to ‘roids and I said that we have not seen anything that tells us what he took enhanced his performance on the field.

  • Nice to meet you, Katie. Looking fwd to your posts here. Eddie makes valid point. I would add Jeremy Lin to the Class of Class.

    Maddon reminds me of when Bobby V. was ejcted from a game and was spied byt he cameras on the bench wearing a fake moustache! looking for loopholes to get an edge is not new.

    I was so disheartened to hear of Ryan Braun.  I had him on my fantasy team last year and had I known he was juicing, I would have dropped him in a flash.

    • Ohhal

      You still don’t know he was juicing. 

      • No one has had a positive test revoked – Braun would be the first.

      • Matt Kemp>The Herpe Hammer

    • Ohhal

      You still don’t know he was juicing. 

      • No one has had a positive test revoked – Braun would be the first.

  • flyslinger2

    Rules were made to be broken…ask a lawyer and my former boss who is late to a meeting with me right now to hand me my severance package and hopefully some checks. A meeting that he called. Sigh.

    If Braun is guilty of improper behavior then he should NEVER have been qualified at the beginning. This makes Kemp the winner. Period.

    • Best of luck Fly…that stuff is the worst.  

  • flyslinger2

    Rules were made to be broken…ask a lawyer and my former boss who is late to a meeting with me right now to hand me my severance package and hopefully some checks. A meeting that he called. Sigh.

    If Braun is guilty of improper behavior then he should NEVER have been qualified at the beginning. This makes Kemp the winner. Period.

    • Best of luck Fly…that stuff is the worst.  

  • BLPCB

    They ought to strip Bruan at the very least. Do what Goodell did after Merriman was allowed to play in the pro bowl the same year he got busted for Steriods.

  • AC0000000

    They ought to strip Bruan at the very least. Do what Goodell did after Merriman was allowed to play in the pro bowl the same year he got busted for Steriods.

  • Doc Raker

    What defines ‘pitching’, one pitch? So this year Maddon will run out Sam Fuld to the mound to stall the game and he will make one pitch and the reliever will come in with a 1-0 count. Not that big a difference.
    Kemp is either classy or doesn’t want to be tested himself. I trust no one these days.

    • Doc Raker

      So you whore around and contract herpes, takes some ‘meds’ for the herpes and start hitting the ball 50 extra feet. Look out for a herpes outbreak this season. “Doc, I got this sore on my package, I want those slugging percentage boosting meds, I got cash- no insurance billings on this one doc..”.

  • Doc Raker

    What defines ‘pitching’, one pitch? So this year Maddon will run out Sam Fuld to the mound to stall the game and he will make one pitch and the reliever will come in with a 1-0 count. Not that big a difference.
    Kemp is either classy or doesn’t want to be tested himself. I trust no one these days.

  • Chuck

    Kemp: I don’t like the idea of retroactively stripping players of awards.  If you start doing this, where do you draw the line and how far back do you go?  Do you strip Pete Rose’s MVP?  He won the award, deal with it.
    Rules: Every manager has the obligation to his team to use every advantage he can wring out of the system as long as he is not cheating or being a poor sport.  I would say that having the previous pitcher “warm up” to buy time for a reliever is neither cheating nor poor sportsmanship.  Neither is having Sam Fuld throw an intentional ball.
    Other: It look like we lost Carpenter as compensation for Theo.  I think this was the commissioner’s office telling the Sox to get real on compensation for management.  You don’t want a GM running your team who clearly does not want to be there and this reflects that reality.  Now the ESPN bias machine can commence.  May there be gnashing of teeth and rending of garments.  If the Red Sox thought Theo was worth so much, why did ownership keep meddling and overriding his decisions?

    • Evan

      Personally I think that giving up Carpenter for Theo was too much. I was hoping he would usurp Marmol as closer. But I guess at least now we know the 9th inning will never be dull…

    • Evan

      Personally I think that giving up Carpenter for Theo was too much. I was hoping he would usurp Marmol as closer. But I guess at least now we know the 9th inning will never be dull…

  • Matt Kemp>The Herpe Hammer

  • cap’n obvious

    Hard to love a guy on a last place team as MVP.  Whatever you think of his method of buying time for pitchers to get loose, you have to respect Maddon for what he’s done in Tampa.  I’d much rather be giving compensation to Tampa or Minnesota for Maddon or Gardenhire than to Boston for Epstein.  Maddon and Gardenhire can win games without $300 million payrolls.  Theo probably can’t.

    • Mark Strickler

       From what I understand Braun was taking a testosterone supplement, much like I do.  In which case all he has to do is produce test results showing that he had low T and he should be good to go.  For some reason I doubt that that is going to happen…if Braun loses his appeal then Kemp should accept the award.

  • cap’n obvious

    Hard to love a guy on a last place team as MVP.  Whatever you think of his method of buying time for pitchers to get loose, you have to respect Maddon for what he’s done in Tampa.  I’d much rather be giving compensation to Tampa or Minnesota for Maddon or Gardenhire than to Boston for Epstein.  Maddon and Gardenhire can win games without $300 million payrolls.  Theo probably can’t.

  • Mark Strickler

     From what I understand Braun was taking a testosterone supplement, much like I do.  In which case all he has to do is produce test results showing that he had low T and he should be good to go.  For some reason I doubt that that is going to happen…if Braun loses his appeal then Kemp should accept the award.

  • Lizzie

    Ryan Braun is my A-#1 Top of the Heap Most Disliked Ballplayer of All Time so whether he’s been juicing, whoring around, or needs a little help with his frank ‘n beans I’m thoroughly enjoying the show.

    • Jeremiah Johnson

      Wow.  Did Lizzie just win her own award?

  • Ryan Braun is my A-#1 Top of the Heap Most Disliked Ballplayer of All Time so whether he’s been juicing, whoring around, or needs a little help with his frank ‘n beans I’m thoroughly enjoying the show.

    • Jeremiah Johnson

      Wow.  Did Lizzie just win her own award?

  • Doc Raker

    So you whore around and contract herpes, takes some ‘meds’ for the herpes and start hitting the ball 50 extra feet. Look out for a herpes outbreak this season. “Doc, I got this sore on my package, I want those slugging percentage boosting meds, I got cash- no insurance billings on this one doc..”.