First of all, I thought it was supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. The incessant and rampant finger-pointing that goes on nowadays in society is incredible. Not just here at the Cafe, but everywhere on a whole. An example is our current court system. Let's say a buddy of yours reads in the paper that so and so was charged with rape. More than likely, your buddy will say "that dude raped a girl" instead of the complete facts. The world has completely shifted into guilty until proven innocent.
Transplanted into the steroid thing, many people are just throwing out accusations for any reason really, as long as it resembles some sort of symptom due to steroid use.
That's illogical. Let's say that I feel fatigued. Fatigue is a symptom of depression. Does that mean that I definitely have depression? Of course not. Fatigue can be a side-effect of many other things, including lack of sleep, a virus, or even cancer. Similarily, the symptoms of steroid use are symptoms of other things, as well.
I am a cynical and naturally skeptical person in all facets of life. I am negative, a realist, and question people and things. However, I feel that it is wrong to throw out names of potential steroid users based on hasty and lacking support.
To refute that the guy just looks ugly...jesus christ. This isn't a modeling agency. Look around you. There are plenty of ugly dudes. Gagne looks tough, but not necessarily ugly, actually. More people are just plain ugly than ugly because they use roids. Look at my above discussion.
Many ex-starting pitchers become great relievers for two reasons. 1. Lack of a third or even fourth pitch. Relievers can hold up with two pitches because they don't pitch as often. They won't face a hitter twice in a given night and thus the hitters can't learn how to hit them. Obviously, this is not the case with Gagne. 2. Lack of durability. K-Rod is another player that went from starter to reliever due to this. Some players just can't hold up as starters due to the immense workload in on day, then time off, compared to gradual pitching every day. Check out Damaso Marte. ERAs of 4.49, 4.13, and 5.27 in A, A, and AA respectively between 1997 and 1999. Look at where he is now. It's not uncommon for starters to turn into superb relievers.
The funny part is, y'all are slapping the roid tag on Gagne, yet you missed the most obvious and logical explanation of him using steroids if he even used them at all in the past: to expedite his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He had a serious operation and as known, steroids can help speed up recovery. That's probably the best possible explanation for steroids and the best link that y'all can perhaps tie him to them, but even that is on very shaky grounds.
Y'all are reading into too much conspiracy if y'all think they put him on the DL to hide the roids.
I find it funny that the MLB is trying to look like the good guys here by profusely investigating roids and charging pitchers. The fans dig the long ball and the MLB wants to protect the sluggers as much as possible.