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Monday, August 01, 2005

Has The Other Shoe Dropped?

Rafael Palmeiro has tested positive for steroids.

He has been suspended for 10 games.

What does this mean? It's too early to tell, I think. Palmeiro and the Players' Association are putting a good face on it, and, until information to the contrary is revealed, might be an accurate face.

But it also might not be.

The story just broke today, so lots will be written on it over the next couple of days. Right now, it's hard to say what it all means, and while I was on my hobby horse months ago arguing that the new baseball rules didn't evolve because of the absence of steroids (put differently, I found it hard to believe that so many denials were being made given that MLB, Federal investigators, Congress and even the players' union conceded that there was a problem), baseball fans need to let this story play out. Palmeiro has Hall of Fame credentials, and it would be too expedient and unfair to toss his career on the garbage heap just because of this test and this suspension.

The next several weeks ought to prove very interesting, indeed.

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