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Remember PAT BURRELL? The Giants picked up the 33-year old Burrell in 2010 from Biogenesis country (Florida and the Tampa Bay Rays). He would suddenly raise his average forty points and five homers in the more difficult hitters park of San Francisco . Burrell's sudden 'lightning' helped propel lthe Giants to their first World Series in 50 years in 2010. Burrel dropped off the radar in 2011 and left baseball, but not after playing a key role in the Giants success in 2010.
Remember AUBREY HUFF? The 33 -year old doubled his 2009 homer total (Detroit and Baltimore) after coming to the Giants in 2010. He also raised his average 50 points to .290 and was one of the keys for the Giants getting to and winning the 2010 World Series. People tried to figure out what happened in 2011 when Huff dropped off and quietly left baseball.
Remember CODY ROSS? He came to the Giants for the only the last month of 2010's stretch run but his five homers in only 50 at bats and nearly .300 average was the key to the Giant's final month and earned him a MVP for the playoffs.
Remember Melky Cabrera? He was the key to the Giants first half season of their other World Series year , 2012. He raised his average 50 points, to .346 before being suspended for PEDs mid season. That was 100 points more than two years earlier and before when he hit averaged .250 at Kansas City and previous years in baseball.
Remember MARCO SCUTARO? What Cabrera was to the Giants in the first half of 2010 Scutaro was to the second half , when the 35 year old Venezuelan to the Giants with a .267 average at Colorado. Suddenly, the little second baseban Scutaro was out-hitting what Cabrera had done, hitting over .350 the rest of the year and probably THE KEY to the Giants winning in the playoffs and World Series. Today Scutaro languishes mostly on the Giants bench with a bad back and large contract.
Remember BARRY BONDS? Bonds was NEVER the super star he's given credit for until he came to the Giants and found lightning in the bottle of the 'Clear and the Cream.' Bonds averaged only .275 in seven years at Pittsburg, never hitting more than 34 homers in one year. Compare that to the Giants where he hit .336 his first year of 1993 with 46 homers and would go on to average .312 and hit over 40 homeruns eight times in 15 years with 73 homers in 2001 - this at an advanced age when most players are retired.
Then there were more like Andres Torrez, Mota, Guillen and at least 23 INDICTED players, many of whom have given the Giants an unfair advantage - and sometimes disadvantage over the last couple decades , through today! We see , perhaps what may have looked like previous success now coming back to bite the Giants in the form of injuries and more faltering performances perhaps brought on by PEDs. Think Scutaro, Romo and even Sandoval and Morse to some degree...
In 2010 Sabean brought in journeyman Cody Ross who suddenly caught fire with
eight homeruns in October and three in the playoffs, That along with
'old men' Aubrey Huff , Andrez Torrez and Pat Burrell , who also , inexplicably saw sudden late
career surge and, of course, PED-indicted Jose Guillen, whose short one
month stay with the Giants - and REAL 'genie juice' gave the Giants more than\
enough to propel them to the World Series, with Ross and company finishing
off their opponents in blowout fashion. Incredible to see not one but four
new acquisitions - the Giants got for next to nothing - turn the trick for the
San Francisco 25 with an UNREAL August through October. Yet, the next year Huff, Burrell and Ross , Torrez were nothing.As quick as Sabean got the Giants Juices flowing for another year they were gonein 2011, and with another injury to Angel Pagan and a failed trade in Carlos Beltran, the Giants took a playoff blank, but not before giving it a shot with some more juicy players like
But in 2012, Sabean again combined PED juice ( newly acquired Melky Cabrera from the Mets via Kansas City) and more players from the garbage heap with the mid season acquisiton of Marco Scutaro. Of course we know that Cabrera gave the Giants enough punch through his mid-season 'dumb and dumber' PED indictment and suspension to propel the Giants to the World Series and the sudden slugger Scutaro (who raised his average 100 points, inexplicably, after coming to the Giants from Colorado before the trade deadline) who finished things off with his own juice - and likely passing around the secret sauce to fellow teammates like Sandoval (three homers in one playoff game and eight in the month - more than he'd hit all season). Once again , the Giants mounted an unlikely August-October thanks to the miomentum from Cabrera and new found juice of Scutaro- and a Giants team suddenly hot on all cylinders when most teams fade a bit late season. How could the Giants do this two years of three with largely over-the-hill players suddenly coming on strong at season's end? I mean EVERYONE on the team was playing above their head, again this year end, just like in 2010!
In 2013, we expected Sabean to go to a team like his favorite Kansas City for another vet who would get the juice going, as it were.And that's exactly where Sabean went - to Kansas City for veteran outfield Jeff Franquer. But even with the juice, some players don't have it in them to climb much above the Mendoza line (Think Marvin Bernard in 2002).Not to say Franquer was juiced but it just wasn't there this time.No juice, er, lightning in a bottle this year. But , it wasn't without
Looking back, we haven't really seen Sabean bring in a legitimate star player. Nary a real deal trade has been made. Free agents - yes - with only Melky Cabrera excelling for a short time - and we know happened later there. Same for pitcher Chad Goudin. Not until Hunter Pence and his huge contract did we see the Giants bring in a legit name and, perhaps Hudson this year - though the jury is still out on the 39 year old pitcher, whose four of last five starts have been very weak.
Only with unlikely over-the-hill veteran / questionable players were the Giants able to get into two World Series in three years. Seemingly every such veteran guy oth er teams didn't want and the Giants got for a fire sale CAUGHT FIRE - if only for the time being - the World Series, as needed. Then. back to the scrap heap for Huff, Burrel, Guillen, , et al, though the Giants have made The Juice so fashionable other teams are beginning to realize IT WORKS, ala Toronto with Melky, the Dodgers with Jose Uribe, and perhaps Arizona with Cody Ross. And , with Commissioner Selig's self-proclaimed 'thorough' drug testing program, other teams besides the Gianits are now reaping results from not only the Melky's but the Nelson Cruz' and Jhonny Peraltas of the world....
What will happen in 2014? Bonds is long gone but there are enough Giants who KNOW Giants Juice and what to do with it - and how to spread it around. Bring in another nameless veteran from Kansas City - or wherever - and hope IT soaks in again for perhaps WS 3 in five years for the Giants. Of course , they won't probably have to do that with UGGLA, who probably knows his away around that. Don't put it past Sabean and the Giants - the Obamas of baseball -who seem to get away with everything in the most liberal city in baseball.
No , Joe D, Will Mays and company, baseball ain't what it used to be, especially in San Francisco.
BOTTOM LINE: Sabean and the Giants will continue to lead the mockery of baseball today by bringing in low-grade player after tainted player late in their careers who are willing to try anything for the chance at one last glory (not to mention one more big contract) until Sabean finds player(s) who finally stick - uaually with a little help from Giants' team culture and it's 'lightning in a bottle' to fill holes on the team . We've seen it over and again... Aaron Rowand may not have taken the koolaid but Huff probably did...and Burrell...and probably Torrez.. and certainly Cabrera (Melky that is), Mota, Guillen and many before them...and Scutaro and on and on , in our opinion - more often than not, it seems going back to Bonds and 22 others for sure... Hardly a legitimate trade in the bunch...but Sabean will get as much out of these rejects as he can - and two World Series he wouldn't have gotten otherwise - before they get injured or quit the koolaid and their careers ... If Uggla doesn't work out you can bet Sabean will be right back with another pawn. (After all, he's already had 23 of his players INDICTED for PEDs over the years, not to mention many more never caught.
"To me, personally, I think you should be out of the game if you get caught," Trout said during an interview with New York radio station WFAN. "It takes away from the guys that are working hard every day and doing it all-natural." -MIKE TROUT
Boomer Esiason today defended Mike Trout's statements, making what some may call a brave stand on PEDs (7-8, ESPN radio) - brave in that few other sportswriters who may believe as Esiason will air their true feelings publically. PEDs, performance enhancing drugs, testosterone, Victor Conte, Tommy John, steroids
On his latest radio commentary 7-08 on ESPN, Esiason blasted fans and those who continue to look the other way when it comes to peformance enhancing drugs in baseball and sports. He praised the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout for his strong public statements against PED use and suggested fans need to stop giving credence to PED players, noting the recent vote for Nelson Cruz to the All Star team. (Cruz was indicted in last year's Biogenesis 'drug raid' and currently is wait out in front of the American League leaders with an unlikely 27 homers and coming offa 5-for-5 game against Boston. ) We believe Esiason still also noted the rash of Tommy John surgeries and other injuries which may be a result of PED use. Trout has said PED use by some 'takes away' from the honest players and that users should be banned for the season with their first conviction.
Perhaps the Giants' luck has run out. Despite lack of a deep farm system, the Giants were able to skate to two world series victories in 2010 and 2012 with marginal players and two great months at seasons' ends. While other teams were feeling the summer heat, the Giants were playing with extra bounce in their step August through October. The Giants benefitted enough to put them ahead with players of PED pasts, such as Melky Cabrera in 2012 and Jose Guillen and Guilllermo Moto in 2010 plus likely other users not yet caught . How else does one explain the Giants' sudden surges in August - October, both years, with newly acquired players like Cody Ross and Marcos Scutaro, in 2010 and 2012 , respectively, who would see their numbers skyrocket once with the Giants. Remember Ross' astonishing eight homeruns in October, 2010 while Sandoval did it in 2012, hitting three in one game against Detroit after only hitting six the entire season and Scutaro raising his average 100 points to .350 after leaving colorado mid-season for the Giants? Then you had pitchers past their primes like Vogelsong and Lincecum suddenly making a joke out of top hitters on Detroit and Saint Louis in the World Series.
"Some people are just trying to find that extra edge," Trout told the radio station. "It's tough as a guy that goes out there and plays hard every day and puts [in] 110 percent effort ... to wake up, see there's a list of guys that are on the list (of indicted PED users)."
MLB has still not implemented the available test that can detect the new 'designer' testosterone PEDs players are using. Players can simply inject the steroids into their bodies the day of a game and the drug can be out of their system hours later. MLB only has to do one test during the season and usually lets players know in advance of testing. So, as Victor Conte of Balco fame said , players have to be 'dumb or dumber' to get caught. It's become somewhat of a tradition since steroids came into baseball in the 1980s but became especially popularized with Barry Bonds for players to go to steroids late in their careers to give them one final boost and help with nagging injuries. The sad part is that the steroids, themselves, often result in more nagging injuries down the line. Remember first baseman Ken Camaniti, one of the early (admitted) steroid users who lost his life, in part, to PEDs.
The Giants had made a habit of getting quick fixes for holes on their rosters with known and suspected PED players - largely Venezuelans - and in 2010 and 2012 it worked for them. It's amazing how GM Brian Sabean was able to know so much about the underground PED use because seemingly every 'no name'player he acquired went on to have at least temporary success with the Giants - enough to help their cause. Kansas City was like the Giants' 'minor league' source for such players , from where they aquired pitchers like Mijares, Machi, Gutierrez and Petit (Machi , Gutierrez and Petit all have had that sudden success once with the Giants and continue to this day). Other players like Torrez, Huff and Burrel would come to the Giants at advanced ages and have 'carreer seasons' only to suddenly drop off the radar but after helping lead the Giants, in this case to a 2010 World Series.
But, today, after over a decade of playing the PED game,the Giants may finally be slowing down. Even President of the Giants Larry Baer of the Giants, while not saying the team would stop going after PED players, did express a note of caution (SFGate) because of the team's reputation for having had so many players on PEDs. Now would be about the time of year the Giants would normally start going to their bag of tricks following their June swoons but, so far, we haven't seen it; it still may be early. Knowing Sabean, never a great trader but one to go for the occassional big name and overpay his current better performing players , if the Giants continue to crumble he will once again resort to the easy way out - that of finding low-cost, tainted players other teams may not want.
How long Sabean and company can get away with what they've been doing for over a decade is anyone's guess. As Essiason noted, fans don't seem to care anymore. Yet, as he also noted, Cooperstown still does, fortunately , as do some baseball writers who may not say so publicly. But, with time and more and more kids brought up on the PED culture, this may fully change in time with steroids and PEDs becoming a totally acceptable part of baseball and all sports, perhaps like the legalizaition of marijuana in more and more states . (opinion)
Ken Camanitti, Padres
Tony Gwynn's recent passing brought to light some interesting connections
between the Giants and Gwynn's long-time San Diego Padre team.Bruce Bochy SanFrancisco Giants, Pablo Sandoval, med peds, san fran giants
Giant manager Bruce Bochy was San Diego Padre's and Gwynn's manager from 1995 to 2001, when Gwynn retired. It was also during those years that Gwynn, then in his late thirties, had three of his five best years, hitting over .350 at an age most players are retired. Ken Camaniti, an admitted steroid user who lost his life at 35 due in part to performance enhancing drugs, had among his best years, certainly his best power numbers with as many as 40 as a Padre when he had never hit as many as 20 before; he received MVP and propelled the Padres to the World Series in 1998. Caminitti took advantage of the emerging drug culture in the San Diego clubhouse, then largely a steroid called creatine that would become popular with Oakland A's player and San Diego native Mark McGwire. The trend would escalate especially to the San Francisco giants, though the drug s of choice would change. Barry Bonds and at least seven other (later indicted) Giants would favor a testosterone-based steroid known as the 'clear' and the 'creme'
the Mitchell reports).
Bochy , as manager, would witness cartoon-like numbers in Camanitti and Gwynn and later Bonds when Bochy came to the Giants in 2007. Bochy likely knew he was coming to a team featuring another cartoon-like character, both in changed appearance and statistics in Bonds, who was having his best seasons and breaking homerun and other records and doing things never done before , again, at an age when most players were either retired or nearing it.
(Note: We don't believe Gwynn used PEDs most of his career but became caught up in the team culture with Caminiti and perhpas others in his later years when he could most benefit , much like his friend, Barry Bonds on the Giants
It's possible at the time Bochy wasn't aware of a drug culture while Caminitti was still with San Diego, but he would find out a few years later while still managing San Diego when Camaniti came out with his own book in 2002 about his admitted steroid use in San Diego that would , in part, end up killing him .
When the Giants tabbed Bochy to replace Dusty Baker as manager in 2007 he certainly knew , post facto , if not before , what had happened around him during his San Diego days, yet Bochy would accept the managerial position with the Giants knowing of the controversary surrounding Bonds' astonishing late -career numbers . If anyone should have drawn connections between his own now-deceased ex-player, Camaniti, and Bonds , it was Bochy. No doubt the Giants knew something when they hired him, i.e. as a sympathetic figure who would put up with Bonds - and even let the Giant's star player control the clubhouse, including what trainers could come in to work with him. The Giants own team trainer, Stan Conte - no relation to Victor-would later leave the team for the hated Dodgers, just to get out of a toxic situation.
In a much forgotten or overlooked interview in 2002 , Bonds promised to share his 'secrets' with teamates. That he did , we would later find out, with seven Giants indicted for illegal drug use (Mitchell Report). Other players that may NOT have joined Bonds, such as Jeff Kent, would have nothing to do with Bonds.
When Bonds propelled the Giants into the World Series in 2002 with his 'bag of secrets' , Giants management no doubt would overlook negative Bondsian antics so much they rather lose a popular manager in Dusty Baker than a .370 power hitter (2002) who seemed to keep getting better with age!
No doubt Baker had had enough of a dysfunctional clubhouse, and the Giants of him - and Baker was sent packing. Thant's when, in 2007, Bruce Boche came on the scene. Recently fired as manager of a dysfunctional San Diego Padres team, no doubt with similar problems as the Giants, in Bochy no doubt the Giants figured there was a match. On one hand one would think Boche would run the other way fromthe Giants, but, heck, it was a job - and managerial positions in major league baseball don't come up often.
In Bochy, the Giants management found a tolerant manager who didn't mind playing second fiddle to Bonds; one who would look the other way when the Bonds' entourage appeared. trainer and drug guru Greg Anderson in tow. A couple of brave and astute San Francisco baseball writers writers would eventually expose what was lurking in those shadows of AT&T Park and finally put an end to a decade of Giants and Bonds living a lie, Bonds walking away with a bunch of MVPs and the Giants nearly pulling off a World Series in 2002. Pressure mounted and the Giants begrudgingly said goodbye to the man for whom AT&T was built - or who built AT&T- Bonds, then 41 and still capable of hitting more homers than anyone half his age. But the fun down by McCovey Cove was far from over...
The loss of Bonds proved a mere blip on the radar as the Sabean and the Giants would take what knowledge they had gleaned from Bonds and -without much of a farm system and nary a World Series victory in 50 years - parlay that into a couple of unlikely World Series victories in 2010 and 2012. This time they didn't rely on one man alone, but a cast of characters... Melky 'Milk Man' Cabrera, Jose Guillen, Guillermo Moto and many more... and , with ownership , fans and a Commissioner willing to look the other way, the Giants haven't stopped since . Despite the problems and expense he may have cost, Bonds may bave been the Giants best deal ever,for those concerned most about the profit movtive.
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Obama 'Strange' Moves in the Gym and on the Battle Field
Speaking about the Giants and baseball trades , President Obama made some interesting moves, himelf , first trading away five hardened Taliban killers for one American turncoat soldier,Bergdahl, it would appear.
And then he was seen making some interesting movements in the gym while in Poland , per above video. According to those who have viewed the above as well as read about the trade, further comment is hardly needed. Yet, here is a list of 10 reasons why the Prisoner exchange was a disaster, in our opinion (and that of the majority of Americans according to recent Rasmussen poll).
Obama's 'Strange' Moves in the Gym and on the Battle Field - Bergdahl, Prisoner Exchange
MICHAEL MORSE LATEST GIANTS TAINTED TRADE - Anabolic steroid, Banned substances in baseball
Giants owner, Larry Baer and his 'trustworthy' GM Sabean of the SF Giants are full of it when they say they 'try' to stay away from PED tainted players per recent SFGate (3-19-14) .. Baer just admitted he took on another player with steroid background in Michael Morse, who other teams weren't so interested in because of that. Suddenly, the normally .250 Morse is hitting .300 with mammoth, league leading homers - playing in AT&Ts difficult hitters ballpark, no less - (similar to Marcos Scutaro, sans homers,when the Giants brought in the .262 37 year old from Colorado who raised his average almost 100 points after joining the Giants. So Morse hasn't been caught since 2005 with PEDs. Few have been caught with the league's still weak drug testing that still can't detect the new designer testosterone. ( SEE HERE) Telltale PEDs (performance enhancing drugs) include Anabolic steroid, Banned substances in baseball, Blood doping, Bodybuilding, Ergogenic aid, Ergogenic use of anabolic steroids, Steroid use.
Even one conviction of a player is enough for a team to stay away from . But the Giants just keep on loading up with normally average, suspicious players they get cheap because other teams aren't so interested in their background... e.g. the string of Venezuelans such as Machi, Petit, Sandoval (who has hit amazing when he's on drugs and lousy when off them, like now... Scutaro, whose transgressions may have caught up with him and the 'late' Melky, back on the stuff with Toronto and getting away with it again, despite his PED conviction with Giants..
But don't let the Giants kid you . I believe the Giants just like I do their 250 straight 'sellouts' (with hundreds to thousands of empty seats at most games). If Baer was serious he would say 'We don't want tainted players , period.'... not this, 'leave the door open' stuff... Now , suddenly , the Giants aging starters are pitching amazing after starting the season terribly. And, of course, the no name bullpen continues to thrive- players who did very little before coming to the Jints only to become world beaters! The Giants are by no means the only team continuing the 'dirty little secret' but they are , by far, leading the way with even Baer admitting as much but only with lip service and not actions. When another player goes bad he and old Sabean will be right back there looking for the guys other teams don't want, only to see them become sudden late-career stars. Who was Petit before he came to the Giants - and so many others? ... If ever caught, they get fined and suspended - big deal?- and the Giants continue the San Francisco Treat - and we're not talking about Rice a Roni; the Giants but the most liberal team in most liberal town in baseball. Problem is Sabean couldn't make a legit trade for a legit player if he wanted to. He got Hudson as a free agent only because he overpaid him - more than any other team offered. That's why he continues to go after tainted players, including re-signing his own; they only succeed , at times, because of this sad state of affairs in baseball - with the Giants , again, leading the way. Take away convicted Melky and Jose Guillen -mnot to mention the non-convicted from the 2010 and 2012 Giants wouldn't have come close to the World Series.
SF GIANTS CONTINUE TAINTED TRADE (#PEDs) TRADITION with MICHAEL MORSE