Mota, Testosterone, San Francisco Giants - Sabean Makes More ExcusesThe Chronicle reached Giants general manager Brian Sabean by phone a few minutes ago, and he offered this explanation on the team’s decision to activate reliever Guillermo Mota 8/31/12, SFGate,com:
“Our organization, before MLB was doing anything, before baseball even tested, we tested in the minor leagues. We strictly adhere to the program. We feel the program is a good one, and it’s working. Whether there will be changes made, that’s not for me to say because of collective bargaining. The long and short of it is, the club has no right to impugn anyone any more. You have to go case by case. We’re aware of Mota’s case inside and out, and we feel it was an honest mistake.”
On any concerns about the perception of the Giants, given Melky Cabrera’s recent suspension for testosterone use: “We’re always concerned about our brand, about how you’re perceived. But we’ve done nothing wrong. The player has done something wrong, faced the music, and under the policy of Major League Baseball we don’t have the right to shut him out. We don’t have the right to further sanction him.”
But, Brian, you do have the responsiblity to bring in players NOT suspected of drug and especially NOT two time convicted ones. To say that Mota made an 'honest mistake' is laughable....NOT READING THE COUGH MEDICINE LABEL! That's even worse than Bond's 'flaxseed oil' excuse because not only Mota is saying the testosterone was in cough medicine but he also said he didn't read the label. Then, on top of that, it's his SECOND CONVICTION! Come on Brian! Fool be once...
Is it shear coincidence that during your reign you've brought in 10 convicted users and a number more of suspected ones. No other team has brought in more than one ro two, and usually made a point to carefully check them out after that. Why do you think Mota and other suspected guys cleared waivers? Other teams have the decency not to mess with them, even if it would mean (illegally) helping their team
Bringing in Jose Guillen , alone, gave you several game winning hits, enough to cover the one game finish over San Diego. This year, recently-banned Melky Cabrera probably meant another 5-10 wins in the time he was here. And now two time convicted user, Mota , is back , not to mention several other suspected users. As Arizona manager Kirk Gibson points out, it's not fair to the other (abiding) teams to knowingly acquire such players. (Sorry , Brian, but other teams knew better and so you got a real deal for both Cabrera and Mota. No due dilligence here. These and other players you go after had dramatic spikes in their stats, were malcontents with prior teams (when a player plays on four different teams in four years you must wonder, too). Nuff evidence. Nuff said. Stop it now or finally step in Stupid Selig.