Something's going on with the Mets. A week after minor leaguer Jorge Reyes was suspended 100 games for his second steroid offense, LIO's old friend Lino Urdaneta has fallen down the same trap. You may remember Urdaneta, the pitcher who was called up to The Show a few weeks ago who had a major league ERA of infinity. Now, he too has been suspended for steroids.
Was it worth it for Urdaneta? Probably not. He's going to have to sit out 50 games. But on the other hand, taking steroids did help him avoid baseball infamy. He appeared in two games earlier in May, and doing so lowered his career ERA to 63.00. Urdaneta may have messed up his career, but give him this: he can now say he's recorded a major league out!
The Mets on the other had have larger issues to deal with. Urdaneta is now the eight Mets player to get busted for steroids. Nine if you count the former clubhouse attendant who pled guilty last month. GM Omar Minaya knows there is obviously still work to be done:
"I think every time these things happen, we always continue to review how can we improve in these matters," general manager Omar Minaya said. "How can we give the players the most education as far as steroids and whatever other substances are out there? We need to continue to invest, to spend time and effort in education. I know that one thing we are doing . . . we go above and beyond what we're supposed to do and we have to continue to do that. We have to keep on asking ourselves, 'How can we continue to educate these players?' "
That's right. Education. Let's the teach the players how to take the newer stuff that won't be detected. Now we're talking. They'll have to do that, or something else drastic before Minaya and the Wilpons are dragged before Congress!