Beltre on steroids!
In the New York Times, no less, Michael Lewis writes about how baseball’s increasingly a power game, and it gets into the steroid issue, which of course, has to reach out for someone…
Of course, there’s now some sketchy evidence that steroids have contributed mightily to the power surge. […] Ron Shandler, who has worked as a statistical analyst for the St. Louis Cardinals and publishes Baseball Forecaster, an annual survey of major- and minor-league players for fantasy leaguers, expresses his suspicions another way: he flags players who acquire power the same season that they’ve come back from vacation 20 pounds or more heavier. For instance, Shandler has noted that last season Adrian Beltre, in his final year with the Dodgers before becoming a free agent, reportedly showed up 20 pounds heavier than the year before. Beltre, whose career up to that point had been a story of unfulfilled promise, blasted 48 home runs, 25 more than he had ever hit in a single season — for which he was rewarded, by the Seattle Mariners, with a new five-year, $64 million contract. (When a Tacoma, Wash., reporter asked if he had used steroids, Beltre laughed in denial.)
His career was a story of unfulfilled promise. Ummm… wow. Where to start.
Also, here’s a thought — why not attempt to verify the weight gain? Or consider whether… never mind. What a load of garbage.