Wednesday, June 30, 2010


The Brewers have placed pitcher Jeremey Jeffress on their 40-man roster, and in doing so (let's just be blatantly honest here) are protecting him from further tests for marijuana.  Players on the 40-man roster enjoy protections from the player's union and are not subject to such tests.  One more positive test would ban him from baseball for life.

There are two ways to look at this.  One is to be disgusted because you think Jeremy Jeffress is a punk, pot-head kid who can't get his life straightened out and doesn't appreciate the tremendous gift God has given him.  You think that he's going to be a poor influence and poor role model on the team and the Brewers shouldn't be protecting a deviant like this.

The other way to look at it is to recognize that Jeffress is a very talented pitcher, and despite his character flaw, is a high risk but potentially valuable asset to the Brewers organization.  With one more positive test, he would no longer be an asset.  You can do something to minimize the risk, thereby protecting the value of the asset.  To me, this is the proper way to look at it and I think Doug Melvin is doing the right thing.
The goal isn't to build a team full of upstanding gentlemen who you would be happy to have your daughter date.  It's to build a team full of players who can win.  If you can get the first part with the second, then all the better, but sometimes you can't.  You need to be able to deal with that.  They don't give World Series trophies to the teams with the most model citizens.

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