Major League Baseball has launched an investigation into the recent rash of stanozolol positives

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In the past couple of weeks, four players — Jenrry Mejia of the Mets, Ervin Santana of the Twins, Arodys Vizcaino of the Braves and David Rollins of the Mariners have all been suspended following positive tests for stanozolol, the anabolic steroid that basically went out of use among baseball players with the advent of drug testing.

The Daily News reports that Major League Baseball, noting that it’s odd to see so many players using this out-of-date drug at the same time, has launched an investigation:

Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball investigators have launched a Biogenesis-style investigation to determine if there is a link — a doctor, trainer, drug dealer or dietary supplement — between the four cases.

Makes sense. After all, as the story notes, what got MLB sniffing around Miami a few years ago was a spike in testosterone and HGH use as well as some anecdotal evidence about drug mills in Florida. That eventually turned into the Biogenesis scandal, though it obviously took some reporting from the Miami New Times for it to explode.

Here, if I had to guess, we’re either seeing (a) some tainted or misrepresented substance, which the players have no idea contains stanozolol; or (b) someone telling players that they have some masking agent or system-beating scheme which makes the detection of this otherwise ridiculously detectable drug impossible.

Because really, straight-up taking the most cliche of 1990s ‘roids — the drugs which the tests were literally designed to find — would be about the dumbest thing in the world.

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.