Sunday, February 1, 2015

CHRIS DAVIS & HIS MOMENT OF WEAKNESS


This past weekend, Chris Davis made an appearance at the Baltimore Orioles’ FanFest, and opened up about his suspension and his use of Adderall. As you may recall, Chris Davis was suspended last September for 25 games for his use of Adderall, in violation of baseball’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. At the time, he cited his need for the drug to help treat his Attention Deficit Disorder, and he had failed to get a TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption).


“"It was a moment of weakness," Davis said. “For me, it was off the field, just an everyday life thing. I was a little overwhelmed, just kind of with everything that was going on with the (oblique) injury. There were a lot of different things that were taking my focus away from baseball. It was a mistake that I wish I could undo, but I can't, so I've just got to move forward.” It was nice to see some contrition from Davis, which draws a stark contrast from others caught using PED’s.


I wrote a piece on this after the revelation of his Adderall use and subsequent suspension in September - CHRIS DAVIS & THE ADDERALL EXCUSE. In it, I outlined the challenge of discerning between legitimate and illegitimate uses of this drug. Chris Davis clearly is arguing that his use is to meet a legitimate medical need. “Anabolic steroids and Adderall or stimulants, whatever you want to call them, are two completely different things,” Davis argues. “But, for me, the biggest thing is when you have ADHD … [Adderall] is not a performance-enhancing drug. It doesn’t give you the same effect that it would for someone who doesn’t have the same disease.” What he is saying is that for him, it does not enhance his performance in baseball as it might for someone else.


Chris Davis came up in 2008 with a lot of potential, and he continued his growth in 2009 before having unspectacular 2010 and 2011 seasons. In 2012, Davis exploded with 33 home runs, and followed it up in 2013 with 53 home runs, 138 RBI, and a slash line of .286/.370/.634. In that year he had a TUE, was taking Adderall, and came in third in the voting of American League MVP. Last year he had a rough year, and by his own admission, he took the medication in a moment of weakness.


The tough thing about this case is that it is hard to distinguish whether or not this is a true medical need. Is the medication giving him an unfair advantage, or is it just helping him have the right level of focus, which allows his natural ability to come out. Nobody wants to tell someone with an illness that they cannot compete in professional sports because they are not allowed to take their medicine. It reminds me of when Oscar Pistorius was accused of having an unfair advantage because his artificial legs were helping him run faster. Seriously???


Unfortunately, we have another casualty of the PED issue. Chris Davis is in a no-win situation. If we don’t believe him, he is another guy who gets away with taking PED’s.. He has one more game on suspension – opening day – and then he can begin his season on day 2. If we do give him the benefit of the doubt, then what if he begins hitting close to .300 and get on pace to hit 40+ home runs? His one unexceptional season will have been the one when he was not taking Adderall. We all know what conclusion most people will draw.


--Ike Dimitriadis, BYB Senior Staff Writer
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DAVID AARDSMA HAS STILL GOT IT


Quick update on former Yankee reliever David Aardsma... mainly because he was a former Yankee... partially because I like the guy, and appreciate the fight. Aardsma's aiming to get back to the Bigs.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:

I've stated this numerous times when it comes to players trying to get back to old form and contribute to a team.

I appreciate the fight and I appreciate Aardsma, much like Scott Baker and others... climbing the mountain is never easy.  Even after injury and confidence is shattered.  You gotta appreciate Aardsma here.

Good luck David.

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ANTHONY MARZI IS A NEW YORK YANKEE

I know what you're thinking... who the hell is Anthony Marzi? Well, we'll tell ya...


The Hartford Courant reports:

"Anthony Marzi, who pitched UConn into the NCAA tournament with a memorable complete game win over Notre Dame in 2013, went undrafted after his senior season, but he signed with the Yankees on Saturday and will report to spring training on March 6.

'I couldn't be happier with the way things worked out, and the organization I'm getting a chance with,' said Marzi, a lefthander from Berlin High. 'I've been a Yankees fan all my life. My whole family are Yankees fans, and they're seriously pumped up.'"


And here's a fun little nugget; In that game verses Notre Dame, he struck out Eric Jagielo twice. Now they could be potential teammates. It's funny how things work.

The Courant also writes:  "At Berlin High, Marzi was 17-5, including 9-2 with a 0.78 ERA as a senior, and was twice an All-State selection. At UConn, where he often had low run-support, he was 15-22 with a 3.13 ERA and 217 strikeouts in 299 career innings."

Welcome Anthony... go get'um kid.

  Touch by AM


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Saturday, January 31, 2015

YANKEE FAN PANIC: WE SIGNED THE WRONG PITCHER!


There's been plenty of bitching over the past 24 hours. Here's the most common complaint:  "The Yankees should have signed Alexi Ogando, not Scott Baker."  Eh... whatever man.  Here's the reality... Who knows if the Red Sox got the better deal here... it's just baseball.

I'd love to be mad, but I'm tired of being mad.  The Yankees signed Scott Baker to a minor league deal yesterday.  Read THE YANKEES WALK DOWN BAKER STREET. SIGN SCOTT BAKER for more.  It was right around that time that Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweeted that the Red Sox signed Ogando:
OK then. And just like that... Yankee fans are not happy.


Let me tell you what I'm happy about; I'm happy that the Yankees bullpen has already been touted one of the best in baseball for 2015 and that we don't even need Alexi Ogando.


I'm also happy that the Yankees are stockpiling arms, and taking fliers on pitchers like Scott Baker, trying to see if they can get alittle "lightening in a bottle"... and for Baker, it's good to see this guy work his way back after Tommy John surgery.

Sure, it's not the most ideal thing in the world, but in baseball, you look for cheap, inexpensive deals when you have a full staff and as things develop, and spring training happens, you see what works and what doesn't work.  Scott Baker could possibly come back and be a solid pitcher for us... he also may shit the bed. But here's the reality... we didn't spend $9 million on him... we got him cheap, just to get a look.  Hey, that's not a bad thing.

Being jealous because the Red Sox signed Alexi Ogando is fine, I guess. But let the off season play out.  Don't panic.  The Yankees pen is in a great position right now and the bottom line is... we just didn't need Alexi Ogando, that's it.

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THE TROUBLE WITH HATING JOBA CHAMBERLAIN

Know the whole story, come on guys... you're better than that.

Look, if a baseball fan doesn't like a player, I have no beef with that. I really don't.  But here's what I don't like. I have never been a fan of calling a player a "bum."  I don't understand that and I never will.  Being called a bum is suggesting that the player, whomever he is, doesn't work hard.  It's suggesting that they're just "lazy" or don't apply themselves.  Here's the reality; players that make it to a major league club don't just "slip in".  They are noticed.  They get contracts based on performance. There's talent there.  And so... when a player has a bad season, that's exactly what it is in my opinion... a bad season.  Sure, sometimes players end up fading, but it doesn't mean they "suck" or are "bums".  It means they just don't have what they once had.  Maybe it's confidence, or age, or injury... whatever.  In my opinion... name calling... it's silly.


That brings me to Joba Chamberlain.  I wrote a piece yesterday titled WHY ISN'T JOBA CHAMBERLAIN BEEN SIGNED YET? Sure, my titled asked a question, but what I noticed next came as a surprise. What you're about to see is comedy.  Some of it may have been from just seeing the headline and never reading the story and some of it is not knowing the true nature of what has transpired in Joba Chamberalin's off season. Some of the comments may even just be jokes. Whatever the case, I found it interesting.

The fact is, Joba Chamberalin has actually received a ton of offers this offseason, but the reason why he remains unsigned isn't because he's a "bum" at all.  It's because he turned those contract offers down.  Check this out:


That's a small sample on Facebook, and look, this isn't some kind of lesson in reader humiliation or anything... I love the BYB readers.  All I'm saying is there's a full story about Joba Chamberlain here. Maybe I should have revealed everything about Joba in my piece yesterday and I apologize and that's my bad.  But look, it brings me back to my point... teams wanted Joba, but Joba, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports: "“has rejected multiple offers from teams he did not want to join.”


So, sure, if you wanted to call him a bum, I guess you have that right. But the reality is, that really doesn't make much sense.  And sure, you could say that no one wanted him... but that's not true either.

What is true is Joba was probably waiting for the right deal.  That's it... plain and simple.

Look, enjoy your Saturday and do NOT take this post personally.  I just wanted to bring it to everyone's attention... it's weird, that's all.



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