I was listening to a podcast of Max Kellerman & Brian Kenny's radio show on ESPN Radio in NYC. And Kellerman mentioned that he had 3 levels of suspicion when it came to alleged steroid users.
I thought that that was an interesting concept. Here's my list, using his categories:
Level 1: "You juiced, I'm saying it, Sue me if you don't like it" [...] "I'm not accusing them -- I'm saying it as a matter of FACT"
Level 2: "I'm not saying as matter of fact that they did it, but I am saying that I'd like to play prosecutor in a case against them."
Lots of red flags around these guys, including radical weight changes, radical statistical changes, ridiculously amazing statistics, total career turn-arounds, and the like.
(Career went downhill with a wrist injury -- something about a split tendon & damage to the tendon sheath.)
(Just hit the DL with a split tendon sheath in his wrist. Did they have this injury back in the 1960's?)
(Freakish numbers for a guy who played a rigorous position in pitcher's parks, and was originally drafted in like the 60th round of the MLB draft.)
(Great numbers one year, falls off the map the next year)
Level 3: Not saying they did it as a matter of fact, and not sure one could prove it in a court of law
(Canseco may be a snake in the grass, but he has a decent record when he points the finger.)
(Had an awfully amazing fastball to come from such a scrawny body. And originally had a hard time getting MLB scouts to notice him.)
Who am I missing? I'll add them to the list.
3 weeks ago