What? What'd I do? (Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE)

A.J. Pierzynski and the Rumor Mill

I think by now the raised eyebrows have been lowered, the folks prone to panic have calmed and the “breakers” of the rumors have been sufficiently shamed. So let’s just take an extra 5 minutes to collectively breathe a sigh of relief and say aloud, “A.J. Pierzynski did not test positive for a banned substance.”

The rumor mill was working hard last night as folks were working hard to have us believe that A.J. Pierzynski had tested positive for a P.E.D. and was facing a 50 game suspension. No actual source was named, the most concrete that I personally saw was “somebody that I know with the team,” which coming from somebody I’d never really heard of in the first place didn’t mean a whole heck of a lot.

This morning we have multiple outlets, people with smiling faces that we recognize, making statements to the contrary:

Well that’s nice to see. And there are more, of course. It’s not surprising that the allegations would be tossed around as the White Sox catcher is in the midst of a career year offensively. A.J. has 24 homeruns on the year, easily surpassing his previous career high of 18 which he achieved in 2005. This year’s HR total, achieved in his age 35 season is more than his 2010 and 2011 seasons combined. Baseball fans have spent the last handful of years learning of player after player that took advantage of banned substances to further their careers so suspicion spreads fast. There are, however, times when players just have big years. It happens. In fact it happened here in Chicago…to a catcher even. In 1985 Carlton Fisk’s age 37 season was a powerful one in which he swatted 37 homeruns. Prior to that he had never hit more than 26. For that matter he never hit more than 23 after. Point being, it happens. PEDs happen, big seasons happen, and they don’t necessarily have to happen together.

To folks pushing rumors for the sake of pushing them, as I firmly believe somebody did to get this one started: shame on you.

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  • Chip Ramsey

    A.J. is a work out nut, not a cheater. I would have a hard time beleiving that he cheated. I think the rumors were started by people that don’t like him, mainly fans of 31 other teams.

    • http://twitter.com/2013WhiteSox Matt Adams

      I agree that he doesn’t seem the type, as unscientific as that approach is. When accusations come from nowhere you have to think somebody has an agenda against him.

  • loservillekc

    Bulls&it. I would bet my next paycheck that dbag is dirty. The guy has never hit more than 18 homers and all the sudden he’s raking opposite field diners at age 35? Sorry, ain’t buying it.

    • http://twitter.com/2013WhiteSox Matt Adams

      These things happen. It’s not an automatic steroid connection. His strikeout rate has also doubled from the last couple of years, it’s clear there is a change in approach to accompany this. Also I’m pretty sure nearly all of his HRs are pulled. He’s got maybe 1 to opposite field.