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


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?

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