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Will MLB test for steroids?
MAILBAG: June 3
Q: Do you think MLB officials will push for steroid testing now that the
subject is out in the open? Many people went after Mark McGwire for using creatine, which is legal, so why not go after players who use illegal substances? -- Chris, Boston
PWG -- Certainly it's possible, but batting average is involved, and I think that's close to an irrelevant stat.
Q: With Ken Caminiti recently admitting to using steroids during his 1996 MVP season, do you believe that baseball should consider removing his name from the record books? Do you see other investigations looming on past postseason award winners in relation to steroid use? -- Ryan Nootz, Oxford, Ohio
Q: How much does the threat of contraction next season affect this year's
Minnesota Twins when it comes to making deals? For example, the Twins could
probably use a couple of arms in the bullpen, but how can they
pull off a trade for anyone when they might not even play next year? -- Tim
Chapman, Ames, Iowa
PWG -- No. The Braves believe they can win and the Red Sox have no upper-level prospects.
Q: It's obvious that fans don't care about baseball enough in Montreal or
some of the Florida cities, and until as recently as last summer nobody
cared in Minnesota. Can you honestly not say that it will be a good thing
to let the owners contract and move the teams to places that will support
baseball and also boost revenue? -- Dave, Santa Clara, Calif.
Q: With the upcoming return of Kyle Farnsworth and Flash Gordon, do you
think the Chicago Cubs could have the best pitching staff in baseball? -- Tony Ferraro,
Arlington Heights, Ill.
Q: I really would like to know the answer to the question that Jim Rome
worded best. Why did Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane trade one of the league's better players
in Jeremy Giambi for, as Rome said, a "bench scrub" like John Mabry? -- Sean Brannan, Cleveland, Ohio
Q: Who in your opinion is going to be a better pitcher in the long run: the
cocky Josh Beckett or the confident Mark Prior? -- Rafael Casillas, San
Q: Are the Cincinnati Reds going to deal for a starting pitcher? And who are they going
to trade? I've heard that Sean Casey and Juan Encarnacion could be in the mix, and maybe even Ben Broussard. -- Mike Ingarra, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Q: The Seattle Mariners, while they are in first place, don't seem to be playing
consistent baseball. Mike Cameron, Bret Boone, Jeff Cirillo? What's up with these guys.
Feast or Famine. Is there a possible deal out there for this team? -- Randy, Tacoma, Wash.
Q: How much longer can the San Francisco Giants hold on to Felix Rodriguez with Robb Nen
planted as the closer? -- Jason Poppe, El Paso, Texas