How is replacing a ligament in your arm with one from your leg OK but treating an injury with HGH not?
— Former major leaguer C.J. Nitkowski, tweeting this morning about why one abnormal body repair technique is OK, but another is not.
Yes, one is against the rules and one is not, but rules aren’t ends. They’re means to encourage and ensure good behavior and/or deter and punish bad behavior. If we were writing the rules from scratch this very day my guess is that people would acknowledge that HGH use under a doctor’s care for injury rehab is absolutely fine. And in any event, less shockingly weird that frankensteining an elbow ligament out of a leg ligament.
We won’t do that, however, because HGH comes in the form of injections and that looks like illicit drug use and so much of our society has been brainwashed by War on Drugs rhetoric that we’d rather just say HGH is bad, mmm-kay, than actually think about it a bit.
Maybe someday we’ll wake up and actually begin to use reason again.
After letting rumors of the deal percolate for the last week, the Athletics officially announced their two-year, $11 million contract with right-hander Santiago Casilla on Friday (and threw a little bit of shade at the Giants, too). As previously reported, the contract includes an extra $3 million in performance bonuses.
Casilla, 36, got his major league start with Oakland back in 2004, racking up a 5.11 ERA and four saves over six seasons in the A’s bullpen. After picking up a minor league deal with the Giants in 2010, the righty flitted in and out of the closing role with varying degrees of success. Notwithstanding a slight downturn in his production rate during the 2016 season, he earned 123 saves and a 2.42 ERA during the past seven years in San Francisco. Securing another closing role might be a little tougher across the Bay, however, with a bullpen that includes fellow closers Ryan Madson, Ryan Dull and Sean Doolittle.
Why is this man smiling? Man, I wouldn’t be smiling if I read what I just read.
This is the week when ESPN’s Keith Law releases his prospect and farm system rankings. He kicks off his content this week with a top-to-bottom ranking of all 30 farm systems. As a rule he limits his analysis to players who are currently in the minors and who have not yet exhausted their rookie of the year eligibility.
For the second straight year, Law ranks the Braves as the best system in baseball. Number two — making a big leap from last year’s number 13 ranking – is the New York Yankees. Dead last: the Arizona Diamondbacks, which Law says “Dave Stewart ritually disemboweled” over the past two years. That’s gotta hurt.
If you want to know the reasons and the rankings of everyone in between you’ll have to get an ESPN Insider subscription. Sorry, I know everyone hates to pay for content on the Internet, but Keith and others who do this kind of work put a lot of damn work into it and this is what pays their bills. I typically don’t like to pay for content myself, but I do pay for an ESPN Insider subscription. It’s worth it for Law’s work alone.