ankiel - haters, are you for realsies?

first, a disclaimer: i understand that individual comments posted by BCB members do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the masses, the site, or anyone other than those who made he the actual post.  that being said, i'm surprised to commonly see a particular breed of negative comments surround ankiel around here.

he received HGH in 2004.  he received it via doctor's prescription.  he was given the prescription to expedite his recovery from tommy john surgery, as a pitcher.  at the time he received them, the substance was not banned by major league baseball.  he personally admitted to all of these things, and it was concluded that he should not be punished.

now don't get me wrong, i'm not even an ankiel fanboy or apologist.  i think drugs are bad, mmkay.  don't like any kind of PEDs, legal or not.  i naturally question to what degree his prescription was sought, and what percentage had to do with recovery and what had to do with enhancement.  but even if i attempt to keep an objective skeptic's hat on my skull, though, i'm pressed to see how a straight line can be drawn from point A - 2004, pitcher - to point B - 2007, hitter.

Just pissed MR. HGH won it for them.

HGH Ankiel will swing and miss at high fastballs until the cows come home

Ankiel really makes me mad. ESPN praises the guy and his “Cinderella” story. This guy would not be in the league if it weren’t for the use of HGH.

Wow.  That was frightening, but ends up an HGH-powered foul.

HGH at the plate

Fuck….HGH wins it with the hit

and that's just from skimming the two most recent threads for today's (7/5) game.

if this is mostly hyperbole, fun, trash talk, whatever i get that i guess.  i'm suspecting that some are honestly upset about this, though, and honestly think that what we know - HGH legally taken by prescription for a pitcher's elbow surgery - is fully responsible for his existence as a 122 OPS+ CF in 2008's major league.  keep in mind that he pitched five (5) games in 2004, has 85 games as a minor league hitter in 2005, and zero (0) in 2006 - knee surgery and recovery.

the guy didn't pitch like clemens, and doesn't hit like bonds.  maybe i'm just saying to those like i quoted above, your material is both thin and old.  might i suggest something like his plate discipline?  you could even have fun with clutch stats, if you're a believer in those - check out his innings 7-9, or 2 outs with RISP, or late & close!

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