For What it's Worth: Royal streak & PED's

It had been exactly one month since the Royals last won at home—11 straight games, the longest home losing streak in the club’s history before finally beating the Twins last night.

Not good for the scouting system---

There is only one pitcher that the Royals have drafted over the last ten years to have made a start in the big leagues this season. Billy Buckner, who was drafted by Kansas City out of South Carolina in 2004, started one game this season. Of course it was a shutout win for the Angels against….the Royals. The outing was so impressive that the Angels designated Buckner for assignment two weeks ago.

When will they learn?

The latest performance enhancing scandal in baseball is brewing as the founder of Biogenisis in Miami is said to be cooperating with Major League Baseball. As many as twenty players including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun could be implicated and suspended as much as one hundred games. Baseball got to this party too slowly, but they’re making up for lost time and when this round of suspensions comes down (it may take until next year) they’ll come down with a cold, hard clamp.

How much of a deterrent it will be for players moving forward remains to be seen, at some point the players have to start policing themselves. Until there’s a strong enough stigma attached to PED’s some players are going to continue to try and cheat the system. Only the players themselves can create the Scarlett letter that cheaters should wear.

One of the greats of all time---

Track and Field doesn’t often get its due, but it should as it relates to Wichita State runner Alphine Tuliamuk-Bolton who finished second in the finals of the 10,000 meter run at the National Championships in Oregon. It’s the second straight year that she’s finished second in the race, which gives her All-American status for an incredible twelfth time in her career. Alphine will finish her career at Wichita State in the 5,000 meter on Friday—a career that is one of the finest in the illustrious history of Wichita State Track.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush---

There’s a lot of baseball to be played still, but remember at the end of last year when the Washington Nationals shut down Stephan Strasburg going into the playoffs? I understood about the need to protect such a huge investment, but there are never any guarantees that you’ll be in a situation to win a championship every year. Last season the Nationals were, this year they’re a game under .500 and Strasburg is 3-5 going onto the 15-day disabled list with stiffness in his back. We’ll never know what the Nats could have done with Strasburg in the rotation last fall, considering their current plight that has to be frustration for Washington fans.

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