Say It Ain’t So, Gio!

Gio Gonzalez

Should Washington Nationals fan’s be concerned about pitcher Gio Gonalez’s name being linked to a steroid pushing clinic in Florida? The Miami New Times published the report that has Gonalez’s name linked along with several other MLB players including Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera.

I really hope that Gio wasn’t involved in this, but I’ve got to say that it doesn’t look good having his name mentioned in this scandal. This clinic is being labeled as the East Coast Balco and that’s not good at all, but I’m going to hold out hope that Gio’s not involved until there’s proof of his guilt.

This could lead to a 50 game suspension or worse by MLB if he’s found guilty in their eyes. That could happen even without a positive test. That would mean he’d miss about 10 regular season starts if that happens. But I’m holding out hope that he’s innocent.

Major League Baseball issued the following statement regarding today’s story in the Miami New Times:

“We are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances.  These developments, however, provide evidence of the comprehensive nature of our anti-drug efforts.  Through our Department of Investigations, we have been actively involved in the issues in South Florida.  It is also important to note that three of the players allegedly involved have already been disciplined under the Joint Drug Program.

“The recommendations of the Mitchell Report have once again played a critical role in Major League Baseball’s ongoing efforts against performance-enhancing drugs.  MLB implemented all of the recommendations made by Senator Mitchell in 2007, several of which emphasized the significance of installing proactive investigative services.

“The establishment of our Department of Investigations has represented a critical advance in these comprehensive efforts.  In the years since its formation, DOI’s work has proven pivotal to bringing to light information regarding the use of performance-enhancing substances.  Furthermore, DOI has built strong working relationships with federal and local law enforcement authorities.  These relationships are crucial because only law enforcement officials have the capacity to reach those outside the game who are involved in the distribution of illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

“Vigilance remains the key toward protecting the integrity of our game.  We have the best and most stringent drug testing policy in professional sports, we continue to work with our doctors and trainers to learn what they are seeing day-to-day and we educate our players about the game’s unbending zero-tolerance approach.  We remain fully committed to following all leads and seeking the appropriate outcomes for all those who use, purchase and are involved in the distribution of banned substances, which have no place in our game.

“We are in the midst of an active investigation and are gathering and reviewing information.  We will refrain from further comment until this process is complete.”

 

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