Yoda wrote:Tokugawa wrote:Jimmyrad made a number of good points and I tend to agree. Until the players step up and approve a more sensible drug policy than the one in place ,then the assumption of innocent until proven guilty is really not applicable. It is only natural, due to the resistance of players to the current drug policy, that players have something to hide. Therefore Slow Pitch is more than justified in questioning whether Gagne, due to his strange injury situation and vastly improved stats, was in fact using steroids. Fans will continue to quesiton the credibility of players until the players take a greater responsibility in leading the way on the drug issue. So in this case Yoda, I think skepticism and questions are justified. I would like to believe that the majority of players are not on steroids and that statistical anomalies are explained by hard work. If hard work is the reason for Brian Roberts and Gagne's breakouts then the burden should be on them and other such individuals to campaign amongst their fellow baseball playing colleagues to approve a more sincere drug policy in order to win back the belief of the fans!!!
I didn't realize that in America, now everyone is guilty until proven innocent. When did this happen?
I agree that there will be a lot of players who test positive. But we shouldn't sit here and question or analyze every single person who went from mediocre to great. Looking at the players who tested positive, I'm predicting that there will be a lot more marginal ball players than big time players who used steroids.
We don't know whether Gagne did roids or not. However, the reasons why the poster thought that he used them are absolutely ridiculous. Fat face? 7% weight gain? Throwing harder? Give me a break.
What legit reasons are there other than actually physical proof.
What were the signs for Giambi, McGuire & company...big weight & strengh gain, facial changes in shapes to a much wider version than previous & monster performance gains. The exact same signs for Gagne. Circumstancial..yes, but even in our innocent until proven guilty legal system, circumstancial evidence has been enough to convict some people.