This is not just in baseball or sports, but also in anything these days as suspicion is taking over as our immediate reactions.
In baseball, there are plenty of reasons as to why everyone from the media to fans to players question any type of resurgence or sudden talent.
What else could be expected when the line between what was legal and what wasn’t regarding performance-enhancing substances was overlooked for so long? It was selfish and greedy, which coincides with everything else that involves making more money.
It is unfortunate as the affects from ignoring the ‘cheating’ have now hurt baseball’s reputation as America’s Pastime because now there is an asterisk.
So, after watching New York Yankees Bartolo Colon throw a complete game, shutout this past week against the Oakland Athletics, the questions pertaining how the hell he did it are getting attention again.
Just read Bob Klapisch’s latest article Bartolo Colon’s treatments inject controversy into his comeback. Klapisch might as well just accuse Colon of using HGH because it is hard to read where he didn’t insinuate it.
Maybe that is because in Colon’s case not shred of evidence has proven he is lying, actually all that has come out has backed up Colon’s words.
Just a note…. in my opinion concerning Jose Bautista’s “story” there are a lot more questions. Bautista has never shown a shred of a talent, not even the slightest bit to allow for anyone to comprehend his newly found skills. I am not saying Bautista is cheating or ever did, but the difference here is it came out-of-the-blue.
In Colon’s defense, I am familiar with this procedure as I had surgery to repair my right elbow a little over a year ago.
Months prior and after over a year of all kinds of physical therapy, it was determined that surgery would be done and my father suggested Colon’s procedure.
My doctor, who is one of the most renowned in the country, said it was relatively new and had only been done to a few pro-athletes. He went on to say the procedure needed more fine-tuning. He agreed that my father was completely correct regarding its success, but it was a hit or miss meaning it either worked or didn’t.
In my case, actual surgery had better odds to repair my damage and torn elbow tendon. He certainly warned me that this type of injury that any surgery is avoided at all costs and is only done on 1% suffering from elbow issues.
Whether HGH was used or not was not mentioned, but the doctor did say the stem-cell injections could be the technique of the future.
The point is that this procedure is not coming out of left field at all since it was brought to my father’s attention two years ago. How he learned about it, I don’t know but I know he thinks anytime you can avoid going under the knife is worth asking about.
Colon is 37-years-old and the 2005 CY Young winner hasn’t looked this good in a years. As far as everyone knew Colon was finished because his overused pitching-arm was just that, worn out.
Whether it is a legitimate procedure or not, what the real issue is that a pitcher who couldn’t throw now can, and instead of embracing it, we don’t believe it.
Colon didn’t disclose the surgery to the Yankees, but in a sense did he need too?
At the time Colon had no connection with MLB and following the procedure he had been pitching in the Dominican for months, so the question is were any rules broken?
It would be helpful to know where the Commissioner’s Office stands on what needs to be disclosed and what doesn’t, but once again not a word.
So, instead of letting this be a feel good story until proven otherwise, we toss all aspirations aside and start pointing our fingers when not one shred of evidence to back it up?
We can all thank baseball’s higher-ups for not doing anything because it got to late and now no one believes in aspirations any more.
Since Colon’s doctor has a well-known licensed practice in Florida and has offered to take a polygraph test regarding whether HGH was used, until proven other wise I am going to go back too believing again.
If MLB senses foul play, I completely understand why they been conducting an investigation.
As of right now, the only proof is it’s a story about pitcher who was once the best in baseball who is having a resurrection of his old self. How long it will last nobody knows, but it is pretty sad that enjoying it has become so hard.
- Klapisch on Bartolo Colon’s Treatment Controversy (yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com)
- Keefe To The City: Yankees In 1st Place Through First Third (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Bartolo Colon and the fountain of… stem cell treatment (timesunion.com)
- Everyone wants to be like Bartolo Colon (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- B&C Morning Show: Bartolo Colon’s Stem Cell Treatment Opens A Fountain Of Youth (newyork.cbslocal.com)