While the additional Braun document is the sexy takeaway from Quinn and Fish’s report at ESPN.com, this has greater significance:
Sources familiar with MLB’s investigation said officials have tried to spark an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. So far, the DEA and FBI have not initiated investigations, several sources told “Outside the Lines.” Nor have state authorities hinted at an interest, with a Florida Department of Law Enforcement saying, “FDLE is not investigating Biogenesis of America, and we have not received any complaints.”
It can look as bad as possible for the players named in the report. But without anyone with subpoena power investigating this, Major League Baseball has nowhere to go to get any additional information about this stuff, let alone enough to serve as the basis for discipline of the named players.
Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing.
Dickerson had a down year in 2016, so if losing 25 pounds is something he thinks will work for him he’s got nothing to lose. Of course the best way for him to improve his numbers is to convince the Rays to trade him back to Colorado, but that’s not likely.
As I note every spring, “Best Shape of His Life” stories aren’t really about players being in The Best Shape of Their Lives. They’re about players and agents seeking to create positive stories.
We know this because the vast majority of Best Shape of His Life claims are about guys who were either injured the season before, guys who had subpar years the season before or players whose conditioning was a point of controversy the season before. These folks, or their agents + reporters who have little if nothing to write about in the offseason = BSOHL.
James McCann hurt his ankle last season and had a subpar year at the plate. So not only is he a perfect BSOHL candidate, he went old school with the claim and hit it right on the money, verbatim:
Spring training is less than a month away, folks!