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  • Larry Bigbie, the ratty BayStar?

    Posted by simon c on 2008 March 20日 Thursday

    An interesting Yahoo article on the new Yokohama BayStar outfielder Larry Bigbie about his involvement in the Mitchell Report (he was featured on only 1 less page than the Rocket!) He plans on burying his baseball bones here in Japan. I haven’t bothered looking into how many years he used steroids and HGHs, but his career lines of 267/331/395 in the majors and 292/368/421 in the minors aren’t very inspiring. Though the fact that he didn’t see too much of a drop off in the minor to major transition is somewhat promising, and playing home games in the bandbox Yokohama Stadium (308’/93m to both poles and 387’/117m to centre) in a hitters league (Tokyo Dome, helped by its peculiarly straight power alleys, and tiny Hiroshima Stadium are both notorious hitters parks as well) may be his saving grace (the Tamura effect?) especially if he’s used at CF.

    An interesting excerpt from the article:

    Larry Bigbie’s name appeared 93 times in the Mitchell Report. Seven full pages were devoted to him, one fewer than Roger Clemens. Mitchell attributed much of the information accusing Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts of steroid use to Bigbie, his former roommate, and did the same with Jack Cust, the slugging outfielder now with Oakland.

    In news reports, Bigbie was placed alongside Brian McNamee and Kirk Radomski as Mitchell’s informants. He stewed. He had talked, yeah, but says he brought up neither Roberts’ nor Cust’s name and only confirmed information with which Mitchell’s investigators confronted him.

    “They had everything,” he says. “They knew. It wasn’t like I had to sit there and spit names to them.”

    I’ve read somewhere that borderline major leaguers are most likely PED abusers, and this makes sense economically because the the financial incentives to stay in the majors is astronomical, with the crevasse sized gaps between major league and minor league salary as well as in the pension system.

    And I guess he won’t be seeing Cust in person when he arrives in Tokyo for a pair of exhibitions against the Tigers and Giants, and the season opener agaist the Red Sox.

    3 Responses to “Larry Bigbie, the ratty BayStar?”

    1. I was at that interview, and Passan-san seriously misrepresents Bigbie-senshu in his article. Comparing the two, it appears to me that Passan-san wrote the article first, then met with Bigbie to sprinkle on some quotes.

      I try to make up for the injustice of reaching a verdict first in my rebuttal to the Bigbie interview.

      When did it happen that honesty, forthrightness, and taking responsibility for one’s own actions became a rat’s trait?

    2. simoncurrie said

      Thank you for the comment Westbaystars-san, your posts are often very level-headed and informative at Japanesebaseball.com, I enjoy reading them. Just haven’t had the time to participate in that forum lately.

      Anyways, I sensasionalized the headline a bit myself, but what I gained from the Passan piece was exactly what you wrote. That Bigbie only confirmed the evidence that was already known. Maybe Passan’s tone was more negative than you had hoped, but maybe Passan thought that would get more readers?

      I don’t fault the steroid and HGH users themselves because MLB didn’t have any rules or drug testing policies in place to prevent such abuse at the time, and competitive athletes in any discipline will try to get any edge they can get on their competition, especially when the stakes are extremely high, that’s just human nature. It’s the job of the MLB to regulate this, and they failed miserably (PED in the NPB is a another whole can of worms, though not many players “appear” to be taking PEDs, the utter lack of testing policies seems to make it a kind of wild west in this front).

    3. Thanks for the comments that some of what Bigbie had wanted to say made it through.

      I think that I may have broken one of my own rules here, to not comment on something that gets me upset until I’ve had a cool down period. After a day, though, I still don’t see how the article comes out in any positive way. Even the second half of the article stands as an odd attachment to the first half.

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