Let's make a deal (cont.)
Posted: Monday May 21, 2007 10:15AM; Updated: Thursday May 24, 2007 1:08PM
Drug failure stats: Seattle leads
According to Major League Baseball's list of 174 failed drug tests, which was obtained by SI.com, the Mariners organization has the most failed tests: 13 since 2005, the first year negative test results brought suspensions. The Mets' organization is second with 10 failed tests, followed by Texas with nine and Oakland, San Francisco, San Diego, the Cubs and Yankees with eight apiece. Every organization has had at least one failure. But the award for the fewest failures goes to Houston and Boston, with just one apiece, followed by Milwaukee and Florida, with two each, and Detroit, Tampa Bay and Washington with three failures.
One revelation from the testing has been the surprising prevalence of usage among pitchers compared to hitters. Pitchers have accounted for 97 failures to 77 for all position players. Only 16 tests were failed by major leaguers; minor leaguers accounted for the remaining 158.
The last two years, when failures were separated into drug-type categories, 45 failures were due to performance-enhancing drugs, nine to drugs of abuse and one for a failure to test.
Around the Majors
Word is, there's some behind-the-scenes complaining in the Rangers clubhouse about new manager Ron Washington.
Just as Seattle's Mike Hargrove and Philadelphia's Charlie Manuel appear to have come off the hot seat, New York's Joe Torre, Baltimore's Sam Perlozzo and Cincinnati's Jerry Narron appear to be on it now. And Clint Hurdle, who must have pictures of somebody, should be, too.
Roger Clemens is hustling to appear soon. But you have to wonder whether even his speeded-up schedule will be too late for the mostly moribund Yankees. Maybe Clemens will help the Yankees rocket up to third place.
I noticed Jason Giambi hasn't apologized for that fat contract of his.
Craig Biggio is one whose Hall-of-Fame hat is obvious. His only request should be that the hat be as dirty as the one he played in.
I love Ozzie Guillen. But he's got to clean up his language -- and stay away from talk radio. To call in and yell and swear at a radio host over the decision to start Toby Hall over A.J. Pierzynski should be beneath a major-league manager, especially one with a ring. That said, as long as he wins, that type of behavior will only be seen as colorful.
Padres people credit Greg Maddux, in part, for Jake Peavy's resurrection this season. Peavy is 5-1 with a 1.64 ERA after going 11-14 with a 4.09 ERA in 2006.
The Tigers were thrilled to get some revenge with an interleague sweep of the Cardinals this week. But they might also have gained a feeling of loss for what might have been, as they were the better team heading into last year's Fall Classic.