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April 24, 2006

Everything Rosie Now For Ruiz?

From the Norwich Bulletin -

Prior to Sunday's the Connecticut Defenders rainout at Dodd Stadium, the visiting Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced the signing of Randy Ruiz.

What's the big deal, you ask?

For starters, Ruiz. At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, the first baseman/designated hitter is hard to miss. He also won the Eastern League batting title last season with the Reading Phillies.

But what is also big on Ruiz is his strength. And the baggage associated with how he acquired said strength.

Last season Ruiz served two suspensions after testing positive for a anabolic steroid, Stanozolo. This is the same substance that Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson used to capture gold at the 1988 Olympics before his medals were taken from him.

Ruiz denied he ever used the drug. Instead, the Bronx-born slugger alleged his positive tests were the result of his use of Viagra.

"I've been clean [ever since]," said Ruiz. "I've been tested three times already. I'm willing to take as many test as [baseball] wants."

Does this include an IQ test?

I just hope, that while Ruiz is in Trenton, that he doesn't get into Ramiro Pena's head the way that Mondesi got into Soriano's noggin (when Raul planted an attitude seed in Sori).

Posted by Steve Lombardi at April 24, 2006 10:49 PM

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Mondesi didn't get into Sori's noggin any more than Duque got into Contreras' noggin. Or Girardi got in Posada's noggin.

If Soriano has such a bad attitude, he's doing a hell of a job hiding it in DC, where he's playing LF.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2006 09:19 AM

Soriano has an attitude because he doesn't want to switch positions? So, what about Piazza? What about countless other players who've griped about switching fielding positions?

Posted by: Nick from Washington Heights [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2006 10:32 AM

Well at least we can put the mystery about Rafi Palmiero's tests behind us. He must've tested positive because he used Viagra too.

I'm not a doctor or scientist but if, supposing for a minute that Viagra DID produce a positive test result for steroids, then MLB would have a lot of explaining to do since they have a lucrative sponsorship agreement with Viagra (Comeback Player of the Year Award, Presented by Viagra).

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2006 10:48 AM

Sorry guys, I guess I'm the only one who sees Soriano as someone who was once a nice kid who turned into someone who doesn't want to work to improve his shortcomings and is only concerned about his next big payday. Maybe it's just me?

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2006 11:20 AM

No, I'm with you on that one. I was all over the Soriano bandwagon when he came up. He actually worked at his defense (not to much avail) and discipline when he first arrived, but after a while, he was spending too much time admiring his home runs (and fly balls) to do much else.

Posted by: hopbitters [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2006 11:45 AM

I never heard of Randy Ruiz before, but, my God, is this guy the ultimate loser. Viagra has nothing to do with steroids. Though the young man no doubt used Viagra because Stanozolo makes you go limp. Just ask Raffy "Former 'And I Use Viagra' Spokesman" Palmiero, who used the same drug.

Posted by: baileywalk [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2006 12:10 PM

"This is the same substance that Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson used to capture gold at the 1988 Olympics before his medals were taken from him."

Ben Johnson was all run no hit so steroids did nothing to improve his ability to hit a baseball. Your witness.

Posted by: JohnnyC [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2006 12:28 PM

No, I'm with you on that one. I was all over the Soriano bandwagon when he came up. He actually worked at his defense (not to much avail) and discipline when he first arrived, but after a while, he was spending too much time admiring his home runs (and fly balls) to do much else.
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Soriano has holes in his game, watching his HR's/fly balls isn't one of them. I'm more concerned that he hasn't been able to hit the low and away slider.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2006 12:28 PM

Sorry guys, I guess I'm the only one who sees Soriano as someone who was once a nice kid who turned into someone who doesn't want to work to improve his shortcomings and is only concerned about his next big payday. Maybe it's just me?
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Out of curiosity, what are you basing this assessment on? The NY press? The same press that thought Rickey to be "jaking it" when he tore a hamstring?

Who says that he doesn't or didn't want to work on his shortcomings? No matter where he was, he was going to be a butcher with the glove. He was supposed to play the OF, but the plan was scrapped when Knoblauch kept involving the peanut vendor in double play attempts.

Offensively, he never saw a pitch he didn't like. He hacked in Japan, he hacked in the minors, it should come as no suprise when he hacks in the majors.

As for being only concerned with his next payday, that puts him in line with an overwhelming majority of players in the league.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2006 12:40 PM

As for Ruiz, don't think he'll amount to much of anything. He must've been taking the wrong kind of steroids, because by 27 he should've seen some kind of action in the show.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2006 12:43 PM

Supposedly, Sori's "discipline" problems while here in the Bronx stemmed more from his nocturnal habits than whatever deficiencies there were in his pre-game preparation. Unfortunately for Alfonso, Jimmy's Bronx Cafe closed AFTER he left town. Too little too late.

Posted by: JohnnyC [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2006 03:01 PM

Supposedly, Sori's "discipline" problems while here in the Bronx stemmed more from his nocturnal habits than whatever deficiencies there were in his pre-game preparation. Unfortunately for Alfonso, Jimmy's Bronx Cafe closed AFTER he left town. Too little too late.
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I think the "party animal" angle is a bit overplayed. Soriano isn't the first to enjoy the nightlife of a city, nor will he be the last. It isn't that big a deal, Copacabana incident notwithstanding (the incident that allegedly got Billy Martin traded).

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2006 03:28 PM