Two signings, and some serious questions

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The Revolution signed outfielder/first baseman Matt Padgett and infielder Jose Enrique Cruz Friday.
And while Padgett has enjoyed a more accomplished career than Cruz, he also has a somewhat checkered past.
Starting in 2002, Padgett posted four straight seasons with 16 or more homers. But he hasn’t been able to match that output since 2005, the same year he was suspended for 15 games for violating minor league baseball’s drug prevention and treatment program.
Padgett is at least the second player signed by the Revolution who has been suspended for drugs. Last season York signed former major leaguer Steve Smyth, who was suspended from the minors for 15 games in 2005 for failing a drug test. In Padgett’s defense, his drop in power production coincided with a serious injury. After hitting safely in 27 of 39 games for the Reading Phillies in 2006, he broke his arm in a collision at first base on July 5.
But here’s a question: Should fans of the Atlantic League demand more answers about the league’s drug-testing policy?
Absolutely.


Should the league be more up front about testing procedures and question whether it’s doing enough to catch cheats?
Yes and yes.
For a league that is known as a second-chance or — in some cases — last-chance league, testing should be a major priority. Yet when was the last time the Atlantic League ever announced a failed drug test?
Hmm, I’ve never heard of one.
Last year executive director Joe Klein went so far as to state he didn’t think players were using performance-enhancing drugs in his league, because they couldn’t afford it. That’s tough to follow when one of the league’s bigger stars has been convicted and sentenced to jail for distributing a steroid alternative to minor league teammates.
This is also the same league that last season approved the signing of Felix Jose, even though earlier that season he had been suspended from the Mexican League for 50 games for testing positive for an anabolic steroid.
There’s no easy fix for the league. Testing costs money, and that cuts into profits. But when failed tests are never announced, what penalty exists for juicers? And if no players have failed tests, then the drug-testing procedures obviously aren’t effective.
REVOLUTION ROSTER
Updated through March 28
Sandy Aracena, C, 27
Jason Aspito, OF, 29
Jose Enrique Cruz, INF, 26
Keoni De Renne, INF, 28
Matt Dryer, INF, 28
Matt Esquivel, OF, 25
Travis Ezi, OF, 26
Wayne Franklin*, LHP, 34
Kevin Kotch, C, 23
Pete Munro*, RHP, 32
Aaron Myette*, RHP, 30
Jason Olson, RHP, 29
Matt Padgett, OF, 30
Kenny Perez, INF, 26
Reid Price, LHP, 25
Kazunori Tanaka, OF, 26
Luis Taveras, C, 30
Corey Thurman*, RHP, 29
Dave Veres*, RHP, 41

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2 Responses to Two signings, and some serious questions

  1. Ashmore says:

    To the best of my knowledge, only three players have ever been suspended as part of the AL’s drug/PED policy.
    Back in ’05, the players were: Will Pennyfeather, Jose Velazquez and Wil Quintana.
    I don’t believe it was ever made public what they were specifically suspended for…but I find it hard to believe that there were only three guys in one season that have been caught over the 10 year history of the league.

  2. Johnette says:

    The forum is a brihtger place thanks to your posts. Thanks!

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