Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
As I’m sure most of you have noticed, both contest and comments are down on the site. There really isn’t that much to talk about at this point in the off-season, beyond Yoenes Cespedes, and I wasn’t really sure what I was going to come up this weekend.
Then I read the news on Eudor Garcia.
It seems that our prospect third baseman tested positive for bumetanice and furosemide, two performance enhancing drugs on the no-fly list. This earned him an ochenta game suspension and change the roster projections for opening day 2016 (look for either Phillip Evans, Jhoan Urena, or Jeff McNeill to be held up at St. Lucie or JC Rodriquez to set up as a starter in Florida).
I’ve written about this subject a number of times in the past and the fact that it mostly is a ‘Latin thing’ due to the desire to turn one’s body into something that nature didn’t give them to start. Every kid from Columbia to the Dominican wants to grow up someday and look like Alex Rodriguez… the problem is he didn’t get to look that way naturally either.
The rules of the games regarding banned substances, testing, and suspensions started in January 2004. 49 major league players have been suspended, starting with Tampa Bay OF Alex Sanchez, 32 of which are Latin.
60 more players had major league experience but were busted while playing in the minors. 40 of them were Latin.
More importantly, the rules are getting harsher every year. Sanchez’ suspension was for 10 games. Garcia is for 80. 80 minor league games is like a full season lost and the complete loss of the team’s confidence in your future. Look at Garcia. He is a college kid out of El Paso. He hit .296 for Savannah last season and was ranked as one of the top ten Mets prospects. Was all that all smoke, mirrors, and PEDs?
This testing isn’t going to go away and I can’t understand why, especially minor league Latins, don’t understand this.
And another thing… you want to beat this system and not have anyone ask you to piss in a cup? Easy, go hit .198 in A-ball.
I’m really upset at losing Garcia for just about the entire 2016 season. He turns 22 in May and now pushes him back a year in a system that will need a third baseman in… wait a minute… this means Garcia won’t be ready for Queens until either 2019 or 2020, the last year of David Wright’s contract.