Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Palmeiro update: From stanozolol to Cooperstown?

(I've previous discussed Palmeiro here and here -- see the interesting exchange on performance-enhancing drugs and other medical treatments at the latter post.)

Reports now suggest that Palmeiro tested positive for "stanozolol, a powerful anabolic steroid that is not available in dietary supplements". It's also "known by the brand name Winstrol, most notably linked to the Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson".

Palmeiro has also agreed to share the details of his positive test with Congress.

Jason Giambi of the Yankees (and likely a former steroid user himself) weighs in here: "It is just an unfortunate thing that happened. I don't wish it on anybody." Unfortunate? No. (What does "fortune" have to do with it?) Stupid? Yes.

Also see SI's Tom Verducci's take
here. (He's a Hall-of-Fame voter who knows his stuff like almost no other baseball writer out there.) Verducci's wait-and-see approach to Palmeiro's eventual Cooperstown vote makes sense, and it may well be that Palmeiro's positive test will ultimately boost the chances of guys like Fred McGriff and Jim Rice. The bigger questions down the road will be Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds. Are they Cooperstown-worthy? (On the other side, ESPN's Jayson Stark would still vote for Palmeiro.)

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