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Futon Report BULLETIN: Palmeiro suspended under MLB drug policy

Orioles’ first baseman Rafael Palmeiro was suspended 10 games under MLB’s new drug policy, one which includes the use of steroids.

It is unclear whether Palmeiro used steroids or another banned substance.

Earlier this year Palmeiro reached his 3,000 career hit, making him the fourth player in MLB history with 3,000 hits and 500 home runs.

Earlier this year, Palmeiro was one of a few current and former baseball players subpoenaed by a congressional committee regarding steroid use in baseball. Palmeiro was subpoenaed because he was named in former teammate Jose Canseco’s tell-all book “Juiced” as being a steroid user.

Palmeiro, in front of Congress, vehemently denied ever using steroids:

“I have never used steroids. Period. I don’t know how to say it any more clearly than that. Never.”

Monday Palmeiro apologized for his mistake, but reiterated that he never “intentionally” used steroids.

This suspension is also another setback for the Orioles in their race for the postseason. They have collapsed to fourth place after holding a sizable lead in the AL East over the Yankees and Red Sox earlier this year.

But beyond the scope of division races, Palmeiro’s shocking suspension re-opens the wound of debating steroid and illegal substance use in major league baseball, which unfortunately detracts from the exciting races currently present in both leagues.

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  • Eric Olsen

    thanks Matt, very depressing news indeed

    Wait! maybe it was the Viagra

  • http://sussfr.blogspot.com Matthew T. Sussman

    This is the first likable ballplayer to be caught red-faced with something since Sammy Sosa and the corked bat incident.

    And yet both corked bats and steroids are not foolproof ways to improve one’s game.

  • http://www.dorksandlosers.com Tan The Man

    Sux for baseball… although maybe the drug system really works!

  • http://sussfr.blogspot.com Matthew T. Sussman

    Hopefully we look back on this and realize that these kind of substances don’t really help players gain an advantage — it’s a placebo effect at best — and keep these policies in place, not to protect the parity of the game but the health of the athletes after retirement.

  • http://sussfr.blogspot.com Matthew T. Sussman

    Palmeiro’s entire statement, wrapped up with thoughts from Orioles’ front office higher-ups.

  • Randy P/Tube

    And some people thought he was the only one telling the truth during the hearings. Take another Viagra, Rafael.

  • Erik

    This guy is a disgrace. Obviously he’s been on roids for more than 10 years. Look at his record. 8 home runs one year, 30 something the next year and from then on. Just around the time Canseco said he shot him up. Duh!!!!! How can anyone believe he “accidentially” consumed roids????? How do you accidentially consume performance enhancers??????

  • http://www.dorksandlosers.com Tan The Man

    Seriously. And the drugs turn out to be potent almost-strong to strong steriods too.

  • Erik

    For the guy that said roids have(at best) only a placebo effect…. Palmero was taking the same roid that Ben Johnson was during the 88 Olympics. Did you see that guy????? He was super human! He crushed Carl Lewis. Smashed records. He didnt look like any athlete ide ever seen. Roids had a DRAMATIC effect on his performance. All you have to do to realize the effect roids has had on MLB players is look at the power numbers by admitted or accused players throughout their career. Its not rocket science.

  • http://sussfr.blogspot.com Matthew T. Sussman

    OK, steroids aren’t sugar pills. I exaggerate. But they don’t “make a hitter,” as Canseco claimed in his book.

    It doesn’t improve reflexes. It might not even improve quickness. It doesn’t improve seeing a 95 mph fastball or reading a breaking ball. It doesn’t improve baserunning or laying down a bunt. It doesn’t make a player an MVP.

    And as for increase in home runs? That comes from several factors. Assuming steroids were rampant (but amphetamines and supplements like andro were still legal), ballparks also got smaller, expansion diluted pitching, baseballs became firmer, bats became shorter and thinner (increasing torque at the sweet spot), smaller strike zones and aluminum bats in youth leagues killed off inside pitching.

    So, there are lots of factors. And under the new drug policy, home runs are down, but not by much. We’re going at the same pace as the ’98 season, when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa had their home run chase.

    And if Raffy took the same pill as Ben Johnson, how come Johnson broke the speed record and Palmeiro only has 97 career stolen bases?