Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Friends

From a CBS Sports article this morning...

"Greinke's good friend Ryan Braun..."
If you Google "good friend Ryan Braun" you get 947,000 hits. If you Google "good friend Zack Greinke" you get only 196,000 hits. But 174,000 of those also contain the words "Ryan Braun".

Friday, March 9, 2012

Jenkins or Hart

I posed this question at dinner tonight (without researching anything):  Who is better, Geoff Jenkins or Corey Hart?

I looked it up. Jenkins - 11 seasons, 19.3 WAR, 1.8 WAR per season. Hart - 8 seasons, 14.5 WAR, 1.8 WAR per season. That from bbref - includes D. Jenkins career range factor 2.10, Hart 2.15 - they're equals in the field. Hart just looks like kind of a clod so you have the perception that Jenkins was better. Jenkins hit a wall when he turned 30. Hart turns 30 in two weeks (while on the DL). It is a good question.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Questions

We are now more than a week out from the announcement that Ryan Braun won his appeal of a 50-game suspension.  But I've still got more questions than answers.  For example:

What exactly were the levels of testosterone and epitestosterone in Braun's sample?  Give us then numbers.

And what is normal?

Did the supposed 20:1 ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone come about because the testosterone level was unusually high or because the epitestosterone level was unusually low?

If Braun is telling the truth, the second scenario would seem more plausible, wouldn't it?  That one type of testosterone would deteriorate over time rather than some other type magically appear?

That would make a big difference in how people perceive this, wouldn't it?

And who, besides the person who leaked this story, can confirm that the testosterone in the test was synthetic?

Was it really synthetic?

Where does synthetic testosterone typically come from?

Who makes it?

How would you ingest it?

Does anyone in Major League Baseball have a rational theory as to exactly what Ryan Braun may have done that could have caused a test result like this?

What about these other tests that were suspicious?

You don't have to give us names, but what were the numbers on those?

Was there synthetic testosterone in those samples too?

Did you even check?

Has any other sample collector ever let samples sit in his house over the weekend?

How often?

What were the results of those tests?

Will Major League Baseball ever answer any of these questions so at least we as fans can make intelligent determinations as to how we feel about this case rather than having our opinions be driven entirely by our own personal biases?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Braun

[I know from the traffic counts that some people have been stopping by In-Between Hops now and then only to find the same post I wrote at the beginning of January.  I am recovering from a severely broken thumb which has taken me from being a mediocre, hunt-and-peck typist to... Let's just say this - it took my about 5 minutes to type and correct this paragraph there.  So pardon the typos if I miss a couple.]

I don't believe there's a single angle on the Ryan Braun story that hasn't been written about 10,000 times by now. But there's one part of the story that I find particularly compelling that is getting far less play than I think it should.

Supposedly, at some point during the appeal process, Ryan Braun offered to take a DNA test to determine whether the sample that tested positive was actually his and Major League Baseball refused the offer.  What!?! That to me is by far the biggest part of this story.  In making this offer, Braun is claiming that the sample in question is not actually from him.  If he's right, that would be HUGE.

If the sample was not in fact from Braun, his involvement in this story is over.  All of the people saying that he got off on a technicality will have been barking up the wrong tree.  Major League Baseball would have a huge black eye and every player who has ever been suspended up until now would have a legal case on their hands.  If the collectors can't even be trusted to put the right name on the right bottle then the whole testing process is a complete joke.

If Ryan Braun believes what he is telling all of us, I think he should sue Major League Baseball, subpoena the sample and have the test done.  And if he's right, I'd think his name will be cleared for good.

I know that it's easiest to believe what you want to believe.  As a fan of Ryan Braun, I want to believe that he is innocent.  But even looking at this case as objectively as I possibly can, it seems like Ryan Braun is the one who is being honest and forthright, and Major League Baseball is the party acting like they have something to hide.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Sudden Unsudden Death

So the new NFL overtime rule that's supposed to make it more fair by guaranteeing each team a chance to score sure worked well in yesterday's Steelers/Broncos game, didn't it?

I would change the rule so that the team scoring last in regulation play has to kick off in overtime.  Yesterday's game was a perfect example of why this would work.

The Steelers scored a touchdown with three minutes and something left in the game. The PAT tied the score.  But would they have gone for the 1-point conversion knowing that they would have to kick of to the Broncos with three minutes on the clock and then have to kick off to them again in overtime?  Or would they have forced the issue and gone for a 2-point conversion knowing that even if they missed there were a few minutes left to try to get the ball back?  I guess we'll never know.

The flip of a coin shouldn't have as big of an influence as it does in who wins a close football game - especially a playoff game.  I think the NFL needs to go back to the drawing board and rethink this.

 
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