A Quick Observation On PEDs And Potential Users

By John Leahy
Baltimore Orioles Outfielder Nelson Cruz
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Nelson Cruz, Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon are just a few names of guys who, not too long ago, were bagged for using PEDs. These are also names of guys who are currently playing again in the league and performing at a high level.

Marlon Byrd, David Ortiz, and Nelson Cruz are just a few names of guys who I suspect worked really hard in the offseason, but could be using PEDs. All three got lean and stronger, and are young at the spry ages of 38, 37 and 34. I could make the argument for Cruz only being mid 30s and say, “Well, you know what, it’s believable.” Well, you know what, he got caught last year and suspended. Now, he’s having an even better year than last leading the majors in homers. Come on now, I don’t care how ignorant I sound, it’s obvious.

Now for the other two, I don’t have as much concrete and undeniable proof as I do with Cruz, but I’m skeptical about Ortiz. It seems pretty hazy over there in Boston. He has as many home runs as he did last year but in less games (137 v. 125). He’s at least on pace, assuming he stays healthy, to hit the most home runs he’s hit since 2007 (35).

Look, I’m aware this is a complete shot in the dark and I’m crying wolf, but it seems a little sketchy. Same goes for Marlon Byrd. I don’t care how hurt he was before 2013, most home runs he’s hit before last year (24) was 20 in 2009. Before that? Twelve in 2010. I know, I know, he’s very injury prone. Yada, yada, yada. At age 37, in my lowly accredited opinion, things just don’t start miraculously clicking and you start hitting bombs left and right. And if it is the case of him finally being healthy and feeling good, how is it possible he’s in the best shape at the back end of his career? Maybe I wasn’t all there during middle school science class (which is a very strong possibility), but last I heard, the body slowly deteriorates over time. I’m sure that process goes even quicker for the professional athlete.

Of course, this is all just an observation. Take it as you will.

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