08/01/2005: Breaking baseball news....
Rafael Palmiero of the Baltimore Orioles has been suspended for 10 days for violation of the MLB banned substances policy. Just about every source for the story that I've seen has stated that the suspension is for testing positive for steroids. Given that the MLB banned substance policy, unlike that of the minor leagues, is quite narrow (in MLB only steroids and recognized "drugs of abuse" such as cocaine and heroin are banned), and given that Palmiero isn't issuing indignant statements saying that he tested positive for one of those drugs of abuse ("It's cocaine!!!" "I was shooting up smack!!!!" "I was doing crack with a whore!!!!"), the odds are it's probably steroids that he got fingered for.
By happy coincidence, Baseball Prospectus is in the middle of their "Free Preview" week, so if you're interested you can read Will Carroll's quite informative "UTK Special" on the Palmiero case for free until Wednesday ("UTK" stands for "Under the Knife", Carroll's "medhead" Baseball Prospectus column about injuries and other medically oriented baseball news).
Len on 08.01.05 @ 06:19 PM CST