Nothing has gone right for the Phillies in 2012.
The Phillies were already in a bind when they started the season with Ryan Howard and Chase Utley on the disabled list. Then, they lost guys such as Roy Halladay, David Herndon, Laynce Nix, Jose Contreras and Michael Stutes to injuries. They had Jim Thome, Cliff Lee and Vance Worley on the disabled list this season. These injuries resulted to the team losing games.
Now, they have to deal with Freddy Galvis being suspended for 50 games after using performance-enhanced drugs. He tested positive for using Clostebol, a performance-enhancing drug that violates the league’s banned substance program. He is serving his suspension while he is on the disabled list.
The news on Galvis was disturbing. What was he thinking? First of all, it’s bad to use steroids. It can have an effect on the body and the health of the person years from now. Second of all, there is testing in baseball nowadays.
For Galvis to use it, he comes off being irresponsible and careless. He thought he would avoid being caught and getting away with it. That’s what it came down to.
It’s disappointing he would use steroids to help him get by in the majors. There is nothing to be gained from using it, and Galvis is finding out the consequences. Now, no one will look at him seriously as a good player. No one knows if he is going to be good without steroids. He raises more questions than answers.
For Galvis to think steroids would help him is disappointing. He has to know working hard at the batting cage is going to make him a good player. He has the tools. He shouldn’t resort to quick fix to have him get by. He has a good career ahead of him based on his potential.
His explanation of not knowing there was something in his urine sample does not pass the smell test. Sorry, but no one uses substances by accident. It takes action for all of this to take place.
Not only should Galvis admit he made a mistake, but he should have spoken to the media when the news broke out about testing positive for steroids. He did neither of that. It’s hard to take him seriously as a player when he fails to be accountable.
The Phillies should have made him speak to the media yesterday before the game. They should have made him explain his actions. By not doing so they enabled him to show lack of accountability. This is not what a MLB team should be doing.
It wouldn’t have been surprising if the Phillies did not admonish Galvis for doing the wrong thing. They probably knew what was going on, but they did not want to make a big deal about it. So not only did Galvis take steroids, but the Phillies enabled him to do his thing as long as he is producing.
Now that their prized player took steroids, there are going to be questions moving forward with him.
Can Glavis be productive without steroids? Who is to say he does not use steroids again? Who is to say he won’t make any more bad judgments that can affect the team?
Not only his actions raise questions about him, but it raises questions about other players still using steroids. Major League Baseball likes to think the steroid era is over, but odds are it will never be. Players will try to beat the system as they can by using steroids. They are arrogant to think they won’t get caught.
It’s always stunning when a player is caught using steroids, especially a player that the team want to build around. Galvis seems like a kid that wants to play the game the right way.
Galvis lost his benefit of the doubt. He will be labeled as a steroid user for the rest of his career. These are the consequences he has to live with.
He didn’t have to do it. Pressure caught up to him, and he was stupid enough to succumb to it. He was better off scuffling rather than taking enhancing performance.
Galvis apologized to the Phillies and their fans for his mistake. That’s all well and good, but it sure seems disingenuous.
He is only sorry that he was caught.