They’re making a fictionalized TV show out of PEDs in baseball

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This is fun: there is a proposed TV series for Showtime called “Dope.” It’s ” an hourlong drama about the business of performance-enhancing drugs for athletes and the doctor who popularized it in South Florida.” Attached to it are a couple of reporters who worked on the Biogenesis stories last year.

As friend of HBT and Technology Tell writer Stephen Silver notes, If done right this could be good. They GOTTA play this with some serious comedic and absurdist angles. There is high comedy to be had regarding athletes setting up fake websites to cover their tracks, using personal checks to pay for drugs and having them delivered to the ballpark, reporters asking ballplayers to pee in cups on demand like Rick Reilly did that time, Clemens’ ridiculous p.r. assault after the Mitchell report came out and a billion other angles. Ultra-seriousness could play a part — if you touch on kids and drugs and stuff, sure, go for The Message — but too much of that will make it into some unbearable and unintentionally silly “Reefer Madness” thing.

Also, a suggestion: if you’re going to cast a role for an obnoxious blogger/PED apologist, you could do way worse than hiring Jim Rash:

 

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White Sox won’t make bid for Bryce Harper

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The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.

Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.

Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.

The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.