It has been a very disappointing offseason for Baltimore Orioles fans as they all had hope that the Orioles would make a big splash in the free agent or trade market, but, like recent history has shown us, the Orioles did not and will not do that. If fans were already disappointed, it is hard to imagine how they feel now, that one of the low key offseason acquisitions, Danny Valencia has now been listed in the Biogensis Clinic records in Yahoo Sports' report.
Up until Valencia's name came out, Baltimore had been lucky as none of their players had been linked to the recent PED scandal and the clinic owner Anthony Bosch, as players such as Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, and Ryan Braun headline the list of players associated with the clinic. It is important to note that Valencia was not named to any specific performance enhancing drug, but he will undoubtedly draw a ton of scrutiny for just being linked to the clinic.
Late yesterday, Valencia released a statement that was passed along by ESPN's Jerry Crasnick,
“As any innocent person would be, I am shocked and troubled that my name is in any way connected to this story. I have never met or spoken to anyone connected with Biogenesis, in fact I had never even heard of this company prior to the New Times’ story. I take tremendous pride in the hard work and dedication I put into being a professional baseball player and have never taken PEDs or failed a drug test of any kind during my career. I look forward to fully cooperating in MLB’s investigation in any way that I can, and will explore taking legal action if this issue is not resolved in a timely fashion.”
Valencia's contract was purchased by the Orioles in November from the Boston Red Sox and is heading into Spring Training competing for a platoon spot at designated hitter and possibly the back up corner infielder, but as we saw years ago with Rafael Palmerio, Baltimore takes pride in its' sports teams and if you do something that embarrasses one of those teams, fans will let you know their anger. Although many people in the world now believe you are guilty until proven innocent, I am still of the belief that you are innocent until proven guilty, so I am going to believe Valencia when he says he hasn't ever worked with the Biogenesis clinic, but I am sure I will be one of the few.
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