Coming off of PED's after signing a large, contract extension because Baseball seems hellbent on punishing users now to appease fans - NO WAY IN HELL, YOU'RE A HORRIBLE PERSON TO EVEN SUGGEST THAT. THIS GAME IS CLEAN.
It seemed par for the course to me. Especially in this day and age. My mistake.
I'll do everyone a favor and never talk about PED's on here. Seems like everyone is too sensitive about it still.
That's not what happened here, and I think you know it.
Talking about PEDs is fine and to be expected. Pondering who is or is not using on the basis of various factors is a normal part of that (but you better come armed with evidence).
Assuming a guy is a PED user in part because of a bad, negative stereotype being splashed over every player from a particular country is a different story because it is built on that giant stereotype.
The point I'm trying to make that you seem to be willfully ignoring is that we can't assume Castro is A-Fraud 2.0 on little more than the basis of his nation of origin. That kind of gross, unsupported (and no that NPR piece doesn't count as support), and unsubstantiated stereotyping gets us nowhere. It's in the same despicable category as assuming that all Caribbean signees lie about their age just because a few have.
That Castro is from the DR tells us absolutely nothing other than that Castro is from the DR. That does not make him a juiced up cheater and any implication to the contrary, any implication that his nation of origin should automatically lead to suspicion, is very likely to be challenged.
LIke I said - if you believe Castro found a way to beat the minor league testing protocols, roided his way to the majors, and for some reason decided to stop in the past year or so, at least have the guts to make that argument. There is a conversation to be had there.
But that's not what you did. You tried to chuck him into that category with hints about his nationality and what we all know that means (and I genuinely did not know what you were driving at there), and then retreated as soon as anyone asked for evidence.
If you have evidence that such a large percentage of DR players are using drugs as to make the stereotype somewhat valid, then lay it out here by all means. If you can demonstrate, as the stereotype would allege, that all Dominican citizens are packing on the PEDs, then show your hand.
If not, then let's keep arguments to the realm of evidence and get rid of this painting of whole nations with the brush of cheating, fraud, and drugs.
And after all that if you think Castro is a PED'd up fake, that's fine. Make your argument. There might even be a statistical argument to be made there (though personally I think you'll have trouble connecting his increasing K% to PEDs).