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Jose Bautista and simple-mindedness

Posted on: June 10, 2011 3:16 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 3:29 pm
By Matt Snyder

We all know the story by now. Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista went from being an also-ran -- if that -- to the best hitter in baseball with a virtual snap of the fingers. Since he did so just south of his 30th birthday and less than a decade since baseball was forever stained by the steroid era, there are some people who just can't grasp the fact that a player can sometimes just get better without using PEDs.

There are other explanations:

- He changed his swing.

- He was finally given full-time playing time and left alone.

- Once he got hot in 2010, his confidence grew. Hitting is just as much mental as it is physical after all.

- He was just a late bloomer. Sometimes it takes players a while to come into their own.

- Davey Johnson hit 43 home runs in 1973 and otherwise never more than 18 in a season. Was he on 'roids? There are more examples like that in baseball history, too.

But none of those matter to the many fans who just can't shake the cynicism. He has to be doing steroids, you'll hear: "He can't just get good like that. It's not possible." Just like it's not possible to get rich without cheating or recruit well in college hoops without paying players. Or you can't win an election without being dirty. And on and on the list goes. Obviously there are places where that stuff happens, but it's just lame to assume it happens without any evidence of it.

Friday on Jim Bowden's SiriusXM radio show, Bautista was a guest. He said that he had been tested 15 times over the past three years and every test came back negative (Bowden via Twitter). Now, I can hear the cynicism already: "How do we know that's true? He's lying. He could be using HGH anyway, because that's untestable."

You can believe that. Then you can explain why the notorious juicers in the early 2000s were herculean (Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, etc.), showing noticeable increases in size, while Bautista is six feet tall and less than 200 pounds. Same as he was as a bit player for the Pirates. And he hasn't tested positive for anything.

If Bautista ever does test positive, I'll admit I was wrong and take the abuse from the "I told you so" crowd. Until then, I'd rather be perceived as naive than a narrow-minded simpleton who refuses to give credit to a player for working hard and bettering himself.

I believe Jose Bautista is clean, and I believe the evidence is on my side.

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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 5:29 pm

Jose Bautista and simple-mindedness

What a shame a so called sports writer sinks so low as to insult his audience and call his own readers narrow minded simpletons. Snyder could easily have made his point simply by sticking to the need to insult anyone, let alone the people who read his work and as a result, enable him to make a living. Talk about simple minds.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2011 4:24 pm

Jose Bautista and simple-mindedness

OK, I'll keep the witch-hunt going.  Everyone equates the cheating to power hitters, but what about the number of power pitchers today?  I rememember when it was a big deal if you saw a pitcher hit the mid 90's with a pitch.  Now you have starting pitchers hitting 100 in the 8th or 9th inning. How fast pitchers are throwing the ball today is crazy.   I would guess that there are more pitchers juicing than hitters.  We give them a free pass because we like to say the game is clean.  You can test 15 times if you want and pass every test as long as you have a drug to mask it.  My guess is there is cheating in basketball, baseball and football.  There always was and there always will be.  I'm beyond worrying about who is cheating and still enjoy sports.

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2011 3:00 pm

Jose Bautista and simple-mindedness

If everyone here seems to want to start a witch hunt, I have a player for you to take a look at then.  How about Curtis Granderson?  He just hit number 20 today.  He's going to be on pace for about 50 HRs.  Lance Berkman is having a great start at age 35.  According to what I read from these message boards no one can have good seasons at that age.  It must be PEDs.

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2011 1:46 pm

Jose Bautista and simple-mindedness

Kaush for hitting long ball you need power or a great mechanics (which is what Bautista has), then any 'roids with different effects than becoming bigger is not helpful at all for hitting homers.

Since: Jun 11, 2011
Posted on: June 11, 2011 12:47 pm

Jose Bautista and simple-mindedness

I'm pretty sure it's because he grew a beard.  Shave it off, and he's done.

Since: Jun 11, 2011
Posted on: June 11, 2011 11:02 am

Jose Bautista and simple-mindedness

You are severely mis-informed.
Armstrong used a drug called Epoetin which is essentially red blood cells which increase endurance by providing a greater amount of oxygen to the muscles and rest of the body of course. His use-although had medical use due to his bout with cancer- had NO direct impact on muscle increase.
I agree with testing for Human Growth Hormones, there have been no signs at all from that considering he has already missed 8 games due to injury. People on HGH are using it to increase the rate of recovery from injury.

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2011 10:05 am

Jose Bautista and simple-mindedness

Let's assume he's juiced.  What the PED benefits are?  He's not bigger.  Remember that PED HGH effects are same as protein but much better and faster.  If you don't work out it just will be good for healing an injury, if you do, then will be bigger.

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