Monday, August 1, 2005

Insert Foot In Mouth--Palmeiro Suspended

If you lie to a Congressional committee on the use of steroids in major league baseball, does that constitute perjury? Maybe he should ask Mr. Clinton what exactly constitutes perjury. On the 15th of July, Rafael Palmeiro had his 3,000th career hit. Today on the 1st of August, Rafael Palmeiro took a ten-day suspension for breaking the league's new steroid policy. Before I get into the dirt, I still believe wholeheartedly that Palmeiro is one of the best players in the league and he deserves a place reserved for him in Cooperstown.

"Palmeiro had appealed the suspension, but an independent arbitrator ruled the first baseman, one of only four players in major league history with more than 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, had to serve the suspension starting Monday. The suspension and the appeal had not been made public until the announcement of the suspension Monday."

"I am here to make it very clear that I have never intentionally used steroids," Palmeiro said in a statement. "Never. Ever. Period. I am sure you will ask how I tested positive for a banned substance. As I look back, I don't have a specific answer to give. "Unfortunately, I wasn't able to explain to the arbitrator how the banned substance entered my body. The arbitrator did not find that I used a banned substance intentionally -- in fact, he said he found my testimony to be compelling -- but he ruled that I could not meet the heavy burden imposed on players who test positive under the new drug policy" (The Washington Post).

Okay, so not so important given that Saudi King Fahd has died and President Bush sidestepped the Senate (a bad idea if he wants a smooth Supreme Court confirmation process) to get John Bolton installed as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations...BUT-- on my fantasy sports Yahoo! baseball league, Palmeiro is my third player to get suspended under the new steroid policy. What a team. When Raffy returns in ten days, he's going to think the heat he took back in his Viagra commercial days was nothing. Viagra vs. performance enhancing drugs? Hmmm...

3 comments:

Nick Speth said...

Wow, you can sure pick the juicers, huh?

I've got a lot of respect for Raffy, as you mention 3,000 career hits and 500 career homeruns is a feat, especialy when you consider it's all without ever being really considered one of the games most dangerous hitters. Palmeiro proves that you don't have to be flashy to get into the hall (assuming that he does get into the hall), but simply stay steadily good.

Does this change my outlook, on Mr. Palmeiro? Um... maybe. Let's wait and see what comes of it all.

Tara A. Rowe said...

Raffy is underrated in the league as far as I am concerned. He's in the company of Hank Aaron and Willie Mays on that 3,000 hits, 500 career homers. That deserves some respect.

As far as the steroids, the league said today that it was a steroid that could not have been a food supplement. Whatever that means. I hope, for the sake of Raffy's reputation, that this was a big mistake and a first one at that. I hope he wasn't lying to Congress when he said he had never used steriods, period.

If not, this is going to look an awful lot like Mr. barry Bonds.

Nick Speth said...

Another unfortunate side effect of the Palmeiro incident is now Jose Canseco's claims against Palmeiro seem vindicated (in his attention-seeking book, Canseco claimed to have injected Palmeiro with steroids personally), and possibly the whole of Canseco's book will look more accurate. The last thing we need is for Canseco to be given any more credibility.