Originally Posted by jojo
Nowhere has it been argued that the samples were tampered with. But they did sit for several days in an environment where the temperature wasn't controlled or monitored. The courier can not prove whether they were stored at 50 or 100 degrees. It's a problem and none of us would consider that a trivial detail if it were OUR sample especially since we know that the way a sample is handled can artificially alter the level of metabolites that the test detects.
No. What I've done is objectively look at the limitations of the facts and modified the strength of my argument accordingly. Your lack of willingness to do the same undercuts your position.
Baseball has actually overreacted by over-zealously posturing on this issue to the point that they are actually hurting themselves unnecessarily in order to argue they are returning the game back to some mythical state.
What smoke? He had a sample test positive and as part of his defense, his legal team consulted with an expert on doping. There is a perfectly reasonable interpretation that you are rejecting out of hand without good justification.
I care deeply about the integrity of our historical record. Some clearly care more about fantasy. They are free to make that choice but I challenge why they care about baseball in the first place.
I can quote various times within this diatribe where you claim superiority. It's a sad way to argue your opinion. I disagree with you. Sorry, that doesn't make you superior or right in any way. There have been plenty of respected people that have said that regardless of whether the sample was in a refrigerator or not, that chemical makeup of the sample would not be altered. 2 samples, 2 positive tests; left in a basement (100 degrees? really? exaggeration helps your argument or basically accusing someone of tampering with nothing to back it up helps?).
I agree we don't agree. You have an opinion that you think is factual. It's not. The "holier than thou" attitude makes discussion of the issue a waste of time.
Over-reaction...comical. They have done virtually the minimum to stop the use of illegal drugs in MLB.
Edit: I'm not a baseball player, I don't have a sample; this isn't an issue that my fellow co-workers created now is it?