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…. Star power

I’ve avoided writing about steroids for quite a while now. Most of what I have to say, I’ve said. But after Rafael Palmeiro fails a drug test, and is called everything from a cheat, a liar, stupid, and anything else I can imagine…. well, enough already.

The mainstream media allowed the end of the BALCO case to happen in the dark, offering none of the sanctimony and hyperbole they’d been so lavish with for the past two years. The BALCO case was, of course, a government-sanctioned vendetta against Barry Bonds, and after spending upwards of $20 million dollars (my estimate), he got away, and so did virtually everyone else involved in the sham of a prosecution.

So now these criminals in our Congress, fresh from a record-breaking pork fest, have the gall to jump right back into the fray, letting everyone know how little they do:

…. But how can congressmen tell baseball what it should do when they don’t know what they’re talking about?

Here’s something else they most likely don’t know. Approximately 1,000 tests have been conducted this year under the new system. About 100 remain to be processed. That leaves about 900 results.

Of those 900, eight have been positive, Ryan Franklin, a Seattle pitcher, the latest yesterday. If our congressmen took simple mathematics in school, they can divide 8 by 900 and learn that fewer than 1 percent of the players – 0.89 of 1 percent – tested positive.

To me that’s a pretty tiny percentage and would seem to indicate baseball has found a way to discourage players from using steroids. When this whole testing business began two years ago, 5 to 7 percent of the players tested positive.

Congress and the experts cannot have it both ways. Obviously, baseball’s program is working if it can keep its ratio of positive tests under 1 percent and it can snare a star like Palmeiro.

Memo to the steroid-hawks:

Shut up. Stick with what you know: stealing from Americans.


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