With the exception of Milwaukee Brewer outfielder Ryan Braun, all of the 13 players recently suspended by major league baseball for their alleged use of banned substances, or some alleged connection to the wacky Biogenesis clinic, are of Hispanic descent.
Is there some sort of belief in using performance enhancing drugs among
Hispanic baseball players? That doesn't seem possible. Is it because the clinic
was in Miami, and more Hispanic players hang out in Miami? Doubtful.
Could be just some sort of coincidence. Maybe these players have too many
people giving them bad advice. Agents, lawyers, trainers, coaches, publicists,
childhood friends, parents...maybe some of these players need to dump their
entourages and start thinking for themselves and making their own decisions,
especially when it comes to their careers.
In general I often wonder if people think they're really getting that much
of an "edge" by using some kind of performance enhancing drug. Is it
really true that it can help you that much as an athlete?
The really talented athletes out there do all on their own, by working out
and eating right, and taking care of themselves. Plus they have something in
their genes that helps. A baseball player who is a great hitter probably also
has fantastic eye sight, like Ted Williams did. All the drugs in the world
can't change that. It's just a gift that they were born with.