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This whole situation, and espeically the timing, does seem odd. The whole league was probably screaming to test him last year when he was having that monster season, but now he finally gets busted at almost the end of a down year. And not even for steroids.

But yeah, I agree with whoever said that if it were a conspiracy to sabotage the O's, they would have gone after Cruz, not Crush. Maybe there's something else going on though. This type of stuff isn't really conspiracy theory in my opinion, just discussion fodder. :thumbsup1:

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This whole situation, and espeically the timing, does seem odd. The whole league was probably screaming to test him last year when he was having that monster season, but now he finally gets busted at almost the end of a down year. And not even for steroids.

But yeah, I agree with whoever said that if it were a conspiracy to sabotage the O's, they would have gone after Cruz, not Crush. Maybe there's something else going on though. This type of stuff isn't really conspiracy theory in my opinion, just discussion fodder. :thumbsup1:

Not odd at all. He was getting tested 8 times a year. I bet he passed the first 7 and failed the 8th.

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I don't think that the timing is suspicious.

Rather, the timing is poor for Chris Davis and the Orioles.

He knew that he was being subjected to testing for the substance and he chose to take it anyway.

That's the fact of the matter IMO.

Further, I think the Red Sox and Yankees are more concerned about improving their teams' for next season.

However, if they or any other team had a hand in turning in Davis, I'm actually glad that the Orioles' success has them so distracted.

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Speaking of suspicious timing. They adjust the rule right before the Yankees come to town...."Speaking of home, did anyone notice how Major League Baseball decided this week to adjust Rule 7.13 for catchers blocking the plate? It's no longer legal to straddle it, as the Orioles have been doing since spring training.

Oh really? Now it's not allowed?

That method was fine until the final month of the regular season. Joseph, Matt Wieters and Nick Hundley left a clear path for the runner, as required by the rule, but they did so without being stationed beside the plate and having to make a sweeping tag.

Showalter and bench coach John Russell figured out a way to abide by the rule without putting their catchers at a greater disadvantage. It was inspired and I'm surprised other teams didn't copy it. But there must have been complaints, which reached Joe Torre, the executive vice president for baseball operations.

I'm told that the word "straddle" actually appears in the memo sent to clubs on Tuesday.

Care to guess who complained the loudest?"...http://www.masnsports.com/school-of-roch/2014/09/this-that-and-the-other-68.html

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Speaking of suspicious timing. They adjust the rule right before the Yankees come to town...."Speaking of home, did anyone notice how Major League Baseball decided this week to adjust Rule 7.13 for catchers blocking the plate? It's no longer legal to straddle it, as the Orioles have been doing since spring training.

Oh really? Now it's not allowed?

That method was fine until the final month of the regular season. Joseph, Matt Wieters and Nick Hundley left a clear path for the runner, as required by the rule, but they did so without being stationed beside the plate and having to make a sweeping tag.

Showalter and bench coach John Russell figured out a way to abide by the rule without putting their catchers at a greater disadvantage. It was inspired and I'm surprised other teams didn't copy it. But there must have been complaints, which reached Joe Torre, the executive vice president for baseball operations.

I'm told that the word "straddle" actually appears in the memo sent to clubs on Tuesday.

Care to guess who complained the loudest?"...http://www.masnsports.com/school-of-roch/2014/09/this-that-and-the-other-68.html

You know it's stuff like this that makes a person go hmmm. The MLB is headquartered in NY and it seems like rules get changed after the Yankees complain. Just saying.

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And here we go.

Same ol' pattern. I remain calm and speak with respect and then the flapjack crew comes out of nowhere to deliberately flame the situation.

Guys, the Orioles are a winning club, this stuff is SO 2009.

MSK

Well you have to admit that you're a big fan of conspiracy theories, and conspiracy theories tend to sound crazy.

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I think it is suspicious that they said the first 8 playoff games. That means they will make us win the ALDS and go to the ALCS instead of him being suspended at the beginning of next year.

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Well you have to admit that you're a big fan of conspiracy theories, and conspiracy theories tend to sound crazy.

I don't know if a person can be a "fan" of conspiracy theories, but since the majority of us here on the OH are educated people, at least a good chunk of the membership must know that there have been conspiracies (meaning more than one person planning an event or situation behind the scene) that seemed crazy until they were uncovered as fact.

For example:

http://www.infowars.com/33-conspiracy-theories-that-turned-out-to-be-true-what-every-person-should-know/

Please forgive the fact that it's on Alex Jones' page and just look at the pure data. We'd like to believe things "just happen" but often there's something going on behind the scenes. Have you guys not noticed that whenever the Yankees complain about something, they get their way?

This doesn't have to be about "targeting" Davis as much as targeting the Orioles. I've no doubt MLB brass is unhappy because the Yankees and Red Sox aren't in the final mix (because of increased advertising revenue and ratings) so if someone in the Boston or NY camps said to take a closer look at the Orioles, I have no doubt MLB testers became hyperfocused on our team.

Why is that so difficult to grasp?

MSK

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Boston has been out of it since May. Nothing the MLB brass did could save them. As for the Yankees, they must be trying to do something to KC, Seattle, and Oakland because those are the real teams that the Yankees have to catch. Why doesn't your conspiracy theory hold any water? Because it makes no sense and the more you try to explain it the sillier it sounds. When you try to defend it you just keep coming up with lamer and lamer logic.

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Others have said this but it bears repeating: if MLB wanted to screw the O's, there are several guys ahead of Davis that they would have targeted. They could have spiked Cruz' last sample, or Steve Pearce or JJ Hardy or Adam Jones, or Zach Britton.

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The timing of sports fans thinking there are league conspiracies is awfully suspicious, it seems to only happen when bad things happen to their team!

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