More Roids Talk
Recently ESPN host Skip Bayless made some waves after wondering if the success Derek Jeter is having this year at age 38 after two seasons of mediocre play might have something to do with PEDs. Here is what he said via the Washington Post:
“I am shocked by what I’m seeing from Derek Jeter right now. They all said he was washed up,” Bayless said Wednesday. “All of a sudden, this man has turned 38 years of age in June and already he has more hits than he had last year. … I’m seeing a whole new guy this year from last year … Are you kidding me? You would have to have your head in the sand or your head somewhere else not to at least wonder, ‘How is he doing this?’
Bayless also said he had “no idea’ if he actually is using something. While he may be trying to get his own name in the news, he does have a point. We don’t know if Jeter is on something. It could be that he is just having a good year. However, after all that has gone on in baseball with PEDs, nobody should be above doubt. I’m not advocating making wild accusations, which I don’t think Bayless did, but when a player has a good year at a later age, people are going to wonder. If the players get annoyed at that, it is understandable, but they need to realize it is due to some of their peers who have been caught using PEDs, like Bartolo Colon was recently, and others who have been under suspicion due to circumstantial evidence.
As for Jeter, when you look at the numbers, it really isn’t that suspicious. He is 38 and having a good year, but it is in line with his career numbers. Yes, he had a down year in 2010 hitting .270. But last year he hit .297 and his career batting average is .313. He has about twice the number of home runs as he had last year, but at 13 it is hardly a huge total. I’m not trying to be a Jeter apologist, but I think it is really suspicious when a player has a career year at an advanced age a la Roger Clemens or Barry Bonds. However, even if a player has passed all drug tests there will continue to be suspicion in some people’s minds. That may not be fair to the players, but that seems to be the way things are right now in baseball.