Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Jordan, Jordan, Jordan...

"Braves prospect Schafer suspended", the headline reads. For what, you ask?

Major League Baseball announced late Tuesday afternoon that Schafer has been suspended 50 games for using human growth hormone, a performance-enhancing substance that is in direct violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

"We are extremely disappointed that Jordan has violated the Commissioner's Performance Enhancing Drug Policy," Braves general manager Frank Wren said in a prepared statement. "We are supportive of the program and will continue to educate all of our players. Earlier today Jordan asked to speak to his teammates to apologize for the mistakes he has made and for letting the organization and his team down. During his suspension, we will continue to support and counsel Jordan."

When asked to provide further details, Wren said he wouldn't provide any additional information.

To quote Goose, "This is not good." I don't understand why any ballplayer would still try to take something that is blatantly against the rules -- risking their health, their good standing with their club, and possibly their career. *sigh*


Anonymous said...

yeah. that's really upsetting. I like him.

JB in ATL said...

I hate to sound like the rosy optimist in light of discouraging news but...

He's 21 and he made a mistake. At lest he's young enough that now he can get it out of his way and play the rest of his career getting out of that shadow. 50 games will be a stiff reminder but it's not enough to keep him out forever.

It is sad and regrettable but I have to keep hoping he'll bounce back.

Billy said...

Most ballplayers today are taking homeopathic growth hormone oral spray because it's safe, undetectable, and legal for over the counter sales. As time goes on it seems it might be considered as benign a performance enhancer as coffee, aspirin, red bull, chewing tobacco, and bubble gum.