Giants Welcoming back Two Time Offender Mota Must Make Purists Wonder about Giants, Baseball Today
In light of the SF Giants reactivating Guillermo ‘I did not read the label on the cough medicine’ Mota following his
second drug violation and 100 game suspension, baseball purists must
question how the Giants can get away or have the balls to keep taking
on known drug users or reputed ones. And they’re winning, why of course, with players other teams respectfully turned away. Meanwhile the Giants continue to win and affect other teams’ chances, eg Arizona Dbacks, with tainted players while baseball turns it’s head (with rare exception, ieKirk Gibson).
It’s true that the average modern baseball fan is not as concerned with such
infractions if a player is entertaining him . Witness Barry Bonds’
10 year steriod career when the Giants and fans totally supported their
meal ticket while getting rid of players and management who didn’t subscribe to the idea, eg best natural team player Jeff Kent and team head Bill Neucomb.
SF Giants Continue Promoting, Thriving with Drug-enhanced Baseball Players with Mota Activation
Giants management claims ignorance when acquiring these tainted players, believing that MLB should do the screening. If other teams let such players as Cabrera get away for a player like Jonathan Sanchez one has to know something is going on; then, looking at the numbers and finding Cabrera’s sudden resurgence really says something. So much for due dilligence on the part of GM Sabean. Meanwhile the Gaints are winning with these players other teams had the respect to turn away. In affect the Giants are promoting and unfairly competing with players other teams had the decency to turn awayl. Is it fair to other teams? No. Does it make the Giants and baseball a laughing stock to old school baseball players and fans? Yes. But does anyone say or do anything about it? No.
From 2000 on the team has been rampant with convicted and suspected steroid users
(in a time before advanced testing was adopted), eg Santiago, Benitas, Bernard
in addidtion to Bonds. One must wonder how many others had gone undetected.
the Giants rode their major League leading Drug reputation into the world series
in 2002 after acquiring another convicted drug offender, Jose guillen. After he
came to the team, we saw a sudden spike of homeruns and hitting by the giants,
with newly acquired Cody Ross hitting 8 homers in a short span and several in the playoffs.
Then there were others with equally surprising numbers, like Jose uribe , Renteria and the
aforementioned convicted Mota. NOte the Dominican connection, and most of the
s8uccess happening after fellow dominican Guillen joined the team in August.
Guillen alone had several game winning hits, enough by himself to make up the
one game margin the Ginats needed to beat out San Diego to the playoffs in 2010.
This year the trend contines with Mota and another Dominican, Joaquin Arias
outhitting the league since the Allstar break. Arias, who had never hit a homerun
in his prevous 2,000 at bats over five seasons has already hit three in the
homer unfriendly San Franciso At&t Park. His 12 doubles are double the most he ever
hit in a single season prior.
but is having a career year with 8 homers and 29 doubles thru 8/31, again, in the
San Franciso ballpark unfriendly to hitters. Pagan only once hit more than
better, in the smaller NEW yORK Met’s ball park.
Yet a third player, Gregor Blanco, has hit 5 homers this year in 111 games for the giants
which is more than the three he hit all his previous three years and 250 at bats, combined,
again, playing in the large ballpark, unfriendly for hitting homers.
It’s all very reminiscent of the 2010 team that featured the aforementioned
number of Latin players who mysteriously became power hitters with the giants in the
The Giants are basically thumbing their nose at major league baseball. they already
have two of the five convicted drug users in 2012 in Moto and Melky Cabrera
and may well have more who have gone undetected. And, so what if they lsoe a player
like Cabrera.. They got a lot of victories out of his tainted player – at a reduced
cost- that could
well propel them into the playoffs again.
In a statement, Bruce Bochy dismissed any problem with bringing back Mota,
saying that the Giants, unlike other teams, are more concerned with a player’s well-being
and that they should be given another chance, in this case a third. GM Brian Sabean
is even more obvious, saying that it’s up to major league baseball ot police the players.
Now, if Mota performs well one can assume he’s still on steroids. If he is off the
steroids now, what’s the point of having him around. No doubt the Giants hope he’s
still using steroids — and long enough to help get them in the playoffs. Let him get ‘
And another recent acquisition, Hunter Pence , has been rumoured to be on and perhaps
now off steroids, based on his recent decline. The Giants may lose on this one unless
Pence decide to risk going back on the drug. In any case it’s a win-win propositon
foir the giants. They can’t lose. Get a guy cheap and hope he gets away with it
long enough to help propel the team…
So there you you go… The San Franicso Giant’s Win-At-Any-cost attiutude. It’a
affecting the pennant races, favoring the Giants by far yet only Arizona manager
Kirk Gibson has brought up the discrepancy… Bud Selig where are you again?