Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Player-rep Murph weighs in on Biogenesis
By Adam Rubin
NEW YORK -- Mets player representative Daniel Murphy offered this analysis of Monday's Biogenesis-related suspensions:
"We live in a broken world -- that nothing's perfect," Murphy said. "And we're, unfortunately, seeing that right now. We're trying to clean it up. That's all you can say. I think that's what the suspensions speak more volumes to: we're trying to clean the game up. The penalties were doled out and the game is trying to get cleaned up. It's something that maybe going forward you're always looking to better something. And maybe the drug agreement needs to be addressed. But as of right now this is the system we have in place. And we're trying to clean the game up."
Murphy suggested stiffer penalties may be forthcoming for offenders.
"That's something that will probably be discussed at the Players' Association meetings in December," Murphy said. "For me, the biggest thing is we want a clean game. ... We're trying to be in the forefront of catching banned substances that are performance-enhancing. We are working with people to try to be at the cutting edge of catching substances that are going to give you an unfair advantage."
As for his agents, who represent a bevy of Monday's suspended players, Murphy said he is sticking with the firm ACES and agents Sam and Seth Levinson.
"No chance," Murphy said about leaving them. "I get the good fortune of knowing exactly what is going on. And Sam and Seth Levinson have been nothing but good to me. I trust them fully with my career. They speak for me. And I'm honored to be a part of ACES."