Everth Cabrera and Proportional Response

Yesterday Everth Cabrera received his long awaited 50 game suspension after choosing to affiliate himself with the Miami based Biogenesis clinic. NBC’s Derek Togerson provided video via his twitter feed showing a teary eyed Everth Cabrera offering an apology to the Padres organization and the fans of San Diego. He appeared to be legitimately embarrassed and contrite.

Everth explained that he came into contact with Biogenesis, through the urging of his previous agent, so that he could help the rehabilitation process of a damaged shoulder. The question becomes: Is that good enough for you?

Allow me to go on a bit of a rant . . .

I don’t really like Alex Rodriguez and I don’t particularly care for Ryan Braun. I disliked them prior to their use of PEDs and I dislike them even more now. But I don’t dislike them because they cheated at the game. The disdain stems more from the lying – the persistent lying that they forced upon all those who believed in them based on their stature in the game.

Having said that, these guys are not depraved criminals. None of those who have been suspended in the Biogenesis scandal appear to be threats to society. Each one of these players could be accused of having suspect character but I don’t know that they’re deserving of the scorn that they have received (And when I say “they” I’m referring primarily to Braun and Rodriguez). The scorn has been such that I’m beginning to feel empathy for these players.

Empathy for Alex Rodriguez? I feel like I need to burn my clothes and take a scalding hot shower.

I’m against the use of performance enhancing drugs but there just seems to be an illogical disconnect between destroying players who tried to improve their performance at baseball and allowing those who committed the types of crimes that make society unsafe, skate without much abuse at all. It’s odd.

Everth Cabrera was my favorite part of 2013 and I hope he comes back and redeems himself next season. I won’t boo him. Will you?

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  • ballybunion

    No, I won’t boo him either. Everth is just the kind of guy whose background makes you wonder if he really knew what he was given, if he just trusted his ACES agent to steer him into what was best for him. Andy Pettitte took HGH to speed up recovery from an injury, and he had to know what he was doing, even though it wasn’t banned at the time. A product of the Nicaragua school system who left the country as a teen to play baseball where his native language isn’t spoken tends to trust his agency’s representative to steer him to proper medical treatment.

    A commenter on a major media post online pointed out the majority of the names were latino, and drew the conclusion they’re a bunch of cheaters. Besides being racist, the commenter ignored the poor education latin players have received and the amount of trust they place in people PAID to look after them, particularly regarding treatment for injuries. MLB really needs to do a better job policing the agents for latin players, especially when it involves injuries, and maybe revisit bans/restrictions on substances that have therapeutic value for players trying to recover from injuries.

    I’d love to see the media guys back off their “he’s juiced!” accusations long enough to consider that NO substance can enhance performance when the player can’t play due to injury. It’s likely far too much to ask for them to realize they have NO medical studies to prove those “performance enhancers” can improve hand-eye coordination, increase bat speed or even improve eyesight, all claims I’ve read or heard. The best that could be claimed is that of a “directed ‘roid rage” that makes them play more aggressively and get better results.

    This action by MLB may be the ultimate attempt to put an end to the mess, but as long as the media keeps harping on baseball players, and curiously limiting their commentary about NFL players (and other sports), the controversy, along with selected character assassination, will continue.

    • Tanned Tom

      ” play baseball where his native language isn’t spoken” ?
      Are you kidding? Oh yeah, he couldn’t find someone who spoke Spanish in Miami or San Diego.

      • ballybunion

        What an unproductive comment. There are plenty of places in San Diego and Miami where Spanish will get you blanks stares or shrugs. The minors are all over the country: Everth has played in Washington, Oregon, Indiana and North Carolina, where the closest you’ll get to Hispanic culture is Taco Bell. How many of his American teammates could speak Spanish?

  • Greech

    I see a lot of Everth being a “good guy” type posts, but being a cheater aside, there was also the domestic abuse issue awhile ago as well. It will take more than a little crying to put him in the “good guy” category.

    • Good point. If anything that’s what people should be riled up about.

    • ballybunion

      How is taking something in the off-season or the beginning of Spring Training to recover from an injury “cheating”, except that MLB unwisely proscribed the substance with no medical studies in existence that it does anything to enhance performance? Other than drugs that are illegal, the only justification MLB has for banning some of these medicines is accusations by medically untrained sportswriters who read too many comic books and think there are magic potions that improve bat speed, hand-eye coordination, eyesight and even pitch recognition. Why, if an outfielder gets bitten by a radioactive spider, he’ll be able to climb to the top of the Green Monster, just like Spiderman! Baseball writers have collectively engaged in the Big Lie technique to cause controversy, and you’re one of the victims, if you toss “cheater” around like that. The sad part is that this round of suspension isn’t going to stop the writer from harping on drugs in baseball, until MLB wises up and starts funding medical research to combat the writers’ ridiculous fantasies, and revisit their list of banned drugs.