The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that third baseman Michael Chavis, who is the Red Sox’s No. 1 prospect has been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, and has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Chavis is effective immediately. He was expected to be a candidate to come up to the big leagues and help the Red Sox in the stretch drive. His suspension hurts the entire organization.
Chavis tweeted a long and plaintive denial. And you know what the line is about that: “That’s what they all say.” Here is a sample…
“Over the past several months, I have been searching for an answer as to how a prohibited substance I have never heard of, DHMCT, was detected in my urine during the offseason. It is a question that unfortunately has not been answered, and I have run out of time for now to find an answer. As hopeless as this is for me, I am faced with the reality that maybe I never will. The only thing I do know is that I would never, and have never, purposely taken any prohibitive substance in my entire life.”
The Red Sox should fire him. Release him, let another team sign him. Maybe he’ll become a superstar. It shouldn’t matter. I know, “He’s just a kid.” No, he’s 22, he’s not 11. At this stage of the sport’s handling of performance enhancing drug use by its players, there is no excuse for a player to be caught cheating. It is signature significance. It tells the team, and its fans, and everyone else, that Chavis is 1) untrustworthy 2) greedy and 3) an idiot. Sending a clear message to all players present and future that the Boston Red Sox don’t want, won’t pay, and won’t tolerate steroid cheats is essential, and ethically a no-brainer.
I regard his refusal to admit his guilt an additional and decisive reason to kick him out. Yup, he was just walking down the street, and some Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone just leaped into his bladder after hiding in the bushes. Happens all the time.
Of course, the Red Sox won’t do the right thing; no team would. Instead it released a statement after the suspension was announced:
“The Boston Red Sox fully support Major League Baseball and the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. While we are disappointed by the news of this violation, we will look to provide the appropriate support to Michael. Going forward, the club will not comment further on the matter.”
The appropriate support for a steroid cheat is no support at all.