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June 20, 2014 at 3:59 am ET
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Pearlman’s Opinion

cruzAuthor and columnist Jeff Pearlman has a blog. And on that blog, it seems, he says whatever’s on his mind, evidence be damned.

Pearlman’s latest post is entitled “I Don’t Believe Nelson Cruz is Clean.” Wow! Quite an assertion. Go ahead, Jeff. Tell us why you think that.

He gives us two solid-as-a-rock, lead-pipe-cinch, airtight reasons:

1) Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz was suspended for PEDs in last year’s Biogenesis sting.

2) Cruz is having a terrific season this year.

Well, in that case, what are we waiting for? Fry his ass.

Pearlman admits he has no evidence, no insider info. But he also insists he’s entitled to an opinion on the matter.

Is he, though? Is it OK to have opinions when we have no facts and no evidence?

We all have opinions. But having them is different from expressing them, especially publicly. Does Pearlman think Ryan Braun’s still juicing? Does he think Lee Harvey Oswald was somebody’s fall guy? Does he think Area 51 is a junkyard for UFOs? He’s entitled to opinions on these and other matters. But unless he knows something you and I don’t, he needs to keep those opinions to himself.

Is Cruz still using PEDs? I don’t know. And neither does Pearlman. But baseball has a testing system in place – a testing system that last year nabbed Cruz. He served his punishment and has been publicly contrite. What’s he supposed to do now? Take a dive at the plate? Quit hitting homers in hopes that Pearlman won’t think he’s dirty?

Add Pearlman’s totally uninformed opinion to my own opinion that baseball is in desperate need of a PED Policy 2.0.

I usually agree with Pearlman. He seems like a solid guy. But I think this heat is getting to him. That’s just my opinion, though.

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3 Responses to “Pearlman’s Opinion”
  1. Wayne Laufert says:

    If some random fan says the same thing Pearlman wrote, I don’t care. But a sportswriting pro ought to know better.

    “So to believe he stopped using … and improved? No. It defies logic, and also defies the psyche of an athlete.” Actually, Nelson Cruz’s season defies neither logic nor an athlete’s psyche. Rather than assume Cruz is juicing again, it would be just as logical to suppose that he’s having the best year of his career (so far, at least) because he’s trying to prove something after signing a below-market contract a few days into spring training. Psyche? Well, the suspension is behind him, and that’s bound to put more bounce in his step, and perhaps his bat. I don’t know, maybe he likes wearing number 23 rather than 17.

    Also, even way before PEDs, players overperformed or sucked from year to year, especially from one two-thirds season to one not-even-halfway-done season. And Cruz’s numbers in 2014 aren’t THAT big a leap: Last season he was on pace for 40 homers and 114 RBI.

    Still, yes, Cruz might be on PEDs, maybe something more shadowy and less detectable than he used in the past. If he is, I hope he’s caught and suspended and shamed and all of that. He and other cheats have to live with the suspicions they created, at least in the way fans perceive them. But a sportswriter, even on his personal blog, can’t just look at 70 games of stats and go, “Hmmm, I smell a rat” without pointing to a grossly thickened neck, a suspect tendon tear, back acne, something—anything—besides big numbers from a good slugger.

  2. coledog says:

    All fair, but Keith’s recent post was equally silly. He asserts people in the year after a suspension still perform well. The unstated assumption is that people wouldn’t use after they get caught, and he further suggests that therefore steroids don’t make the player. All conjectural, and a bit too sloppy as analysis goes.

  3. O's fan in NY says:

    The remarkable issue is that you repeated publishing this garbage. After the Sosa scandal, the Palmiero lies, that smear of Brady Anderson, (never proved, btw) you’d think the O’s fans would be a tad suspicious but never allow this opinionate dreck to surface.

    Goes to show…everyone IS entitled to an opinion, but not to there own facts.

    As for me, I am on CRUZ control and loving it!!!!

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