Schilling raises issue of clubs pushing PEDs

Schilling raises issue of clubs pushing PEDs
February 8, 2013, 3:15 am
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As baseball prepares to head to spring training next week, a fresh set of accusations about performance-enhancing drugs is swirling around the game, this time out of a Miami-area clinic called Biogenesis. Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and Jhonny Peralta are among those linked to Biogenesis in media reports.

But now Curt Schilling has jumped in with both feet, pointing his fingers at his former club, the Red Sox. Schilling, also a former Orioles pitcher, this week said in an ESPN Radio interview that members of the Boston organization suggested he might want to use PEDs when he was trying to come back from injury.

“At the end of my career, in 2008 when I had gotten hurt, there was a conversation that I was involved in, in which it was brought to my attention that this is a potential path I might want to pursue,” Schilling said.

Later, Schilling said those encouraging him to use PEDs did not include anyone in a Red Sox uniform or any member of the club’s baseball operations department.

“Former members of the organization,” he said on ESPN Radio. “They’re no longer there. But it was an incredibly uncomfortable conversation because it came up in the midst of a group of people. The other people weren’t in the conversation, but they could clearly hear the conversation, and it was suggested to me that at my age, and in my situation, why not, what did I have to lose? Because if I wasn’t going to get healthy, it didn’t matter, and if I did get healthy, great.

“It caught me off guard, to say the least, but that was an awkward situation,” said Schilling, who retired in 2009 after not having been able to pitch in 2008.

There is some skepticism to Schilling’s story because, as Hardball Talk puts it, “It’s worth noting, Schilling has been known to engage in hyperbole in the past.”

Still, Schilling has raised the question of how involved clubs have been in baseball’s PED problem. Previously, the assumption was that, at worst, clubs were willfully blind about the drugs’ proliferation. Now, we’re left to wonder whether sometimes management was holding up a sign that read, “PEDs this way.”