One thing that noticed- and worries me- in the recent wave of PED news is that many of the players have a big connection: The University of Miami.
Ryan Braun played for the University of Miami.
Yasmani Grandal played for the University of Miami.
Danny Valencia played for the University of Miami.
Cesar Carrillo, a minor leaguer who has been connected to BioGenesis, went to the University of Miami.
Alex Rodriguez has been a major financial donor to the University of Miami baseball program- their park even bears his name.
Jimmy Goins, named in the Biogenesis reports, is the strength and conditioning coach for the University of Miami.
I’m hardly the first to notice this, look at what Tim Brown and Jeff Passan wrote at Yahoo!:
The early portion of MLB’s investigation has focused on the web of connections to the University of Miami, where Braun attended college. Carrillo, a pitcher in the Detroit Tigers organization, was Braun’s road roommate for three years. Jimmy Goins, a strength-and-conditioning coach at the school and alleged client of Bosch’s, worked with Braun during his three years at Miami. Goins has denied a connection to Bosch.
And this leads to my concern: Will others consider former Hurricanes players to be guilty until proven innocent? Will a new star who comes to the majors, having played at “The U”, have whispers behind their back?
Because that would not be healthy for the sport. There still needs to be evidence, one cannot just assume that because player X went to college Y he must be on PEDs. And we must never forget that.