Troy Glaus Might be the First Guy
When asked about the chances of Troy Glaus being suspended for possession of Steroids, J.P. Ricciardi didn’t exactly leap to his defense, but downplayed the chances of anything happening to even if (read: though) he did take steroids.
“If he were suspended, he would be the first guy,” said Ricciardi…
However, now an unnamed official is hinting that suspensions might be handed out once the postseason is over, and Troy Glaus would certainly be one of the first names on the list. It looked like these players were in the clear because there were no penalties even for positive drug tests before 2004, and no mention at all in the drug agreement for penalties for merely possessing a banned substance. However, apparently the league can punish players based on the “just cause” standard for a first offense that occurred before 2005. The players union will then go ape, and is expected to argue that any punishment for possession should be less than that for a positive test. Still, that was 10 games in 2005 and 50 games as of 2006.
Not to be one of those annoying fans who sees everything the members of their teams does through rose coloured glasses, but this would set a heck of a double standard if this were to happen. Jason Giambi got off with a slap on the wrist and some charitable donations, and there are plenty of players out there who have just as much circumstantial evidence against them although it hasn’t been released through official channels.
Sure he’s guilty- but this would be a case of being punished for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, just as enough evidence has been collected that MLB decides it has to start making examples and saving its image. Think about it: if Troy Glaus was caught in the act of shooting steroids into his body in 2004, he would have been sent for counseling and no punishment would have been handed out. But since it’s coming out now that baseball been forced to take it seriously, he could be suspended for posession. Can you imagine if the legal system worked that way? “Hey, remember when you did that thing that we didn’t lock people up for? Well we do now. Get in the car.”
As well, this could be just the tip of the iceberg. Considering that names from operation “Raw Deal” (the biggest global steroid bust of all time that occurred two weeks ago) will likely be released over the offseason, we could be seeing a lot of replacement players come April 2008 if MLB manages to make suspensions for past crimes stick. Something tells me if the players union can come up with any sort of defense MLB might not press the matter too much because it would be an absolute disaster if they had to follow through with a tough stance on the huge number of offenders that are about to be revealed.
- Update: And the Mitchell report is coming out soon, too! Heads are going to roll!!! Rumour has it that there are going to be a lot of new, big, shiny names coming out. Expect a leak ASAP.