Rotoworld says that ESPNews is reporting that Raffy has been suspended for steriods.
This is still in the rumor stage, but if it's true I will be devastated. I've always liked Raffy, and while I don't think that steroids are a major crime or anything -- I don't get as worked up as many, perhaps most, people about it -- I really thought that Raffy hadn't done it. And the fact that he'd be stupid enough to get caught at this point would be deeply disappointing.
Let's hope it's a false alarm, or that he just took a whole bunch of greenies.
Update [2005-8-1 12:52:46 by Joltin Joe Orsulak]:: Looks like it has gone beyond the rumor stage, and that Raffy really has been suspended. Crap. I'm still working on a good theory so that I can stay in denial on this, but I haven't come up with anything yet.
Update [2005-8-1 13:48:14 by Joltin Joe Orsulak]:Joe Sheehan of Baseball Prospectus provides some commentary (free until Aug. 3). Nothing groundbreaking, but he does make the point that it seems implausible that Palmeiro just started using. No mention of the "contamination" defense, though. I want to believe Raffy, but that argument is so common among people who get caught (in track & field, for instance) that it's hard to know if you can take it seriously.