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Champions Tour. Korn Ferry Tour. European Tour. Atlanta Dream. Chicago Sky. Connecticut Sun. Dallas Wings. Indiana Fever. Las Vegas Aces. In his previous MLB stint, though, Thames struck out times compared to 38 walks. He swung at bad pitches and got himself out on a regular basis. This year he has struck out 19 times but has walked 16 times.
He's not swinging at many bad pitches and hasn't been missing mistakes. Through three years of playing on an everyday basis in Korea -- which wasn't happening in MLB, by the way -- Thames developed as a hitter. Let me repeat: In the span of three-plus years, Eric Thames worked on his game and grew as a player, helping pave the way to future success.
That never happens without PEDs? Jayson Werth and Alex Gordon weren't late bloomers who eventually found great success? Jose Bautista didn't finally click and morph into one of the game's great power hitters for over a half-decade? Thames' case is rare because of the overseas trip, but it has happened before. Cecil Fielder went to Japan a career. He came back after a one-year hiatus and hit.
He would be one of the most feared power hitters for the next seven years. And what if Thames is just temporarily hot? He has hit home runs off the following pitchers with eight of his 11 bombs coming against the Reds, who after a hot start on the hill appear to be bad again :.
Lackey hasn't been good this season while Martinez has been inconsistent. Chatwood isn't bad, but he leads the majors with seven homers allowed. Anyone else really stand out there? It's not like Thames is the first player to surprise with a hot April. Chris Shelton hit nine home runs in his first 13 games in Thames has 11 in 21 games right now Shelton was hitting.
And, hey, if Thames does hit like one of the best in baseball all season, there's still precedent. We have the Bautista example in the bank. Guys come from nowhere for big seasons, sometimes even fluky seasons. Davey Johnson's career high in home runs before was He hit. In '73, Davey hit. He never again hit more than 15 in a season. Bob Cerv in hit. The next year, he hit. There are dozens examples of stuff like this through baseball history, but you know what none of them have?
Three years in another country where the player learned plate discipline, which enriched a skill he already possessed raw power. After all, I'm sure Jeremy Lin had to deal with accusations that he was cheating in , right? Draymond Green was an also-ran his first two years and then became a star, so it had to be PEDs, right? What about Kyle Lowry 's first four years compared to what he is now?
That all just came natural and through hard work? I would be inclined to say all those NBA players just got better by working hard and it appears Lin was of the "temporarily hot" variety, which it's still possible Thames is. Fortunately for them, they don't play in a league where good players are shamed for improving themselves. In major-league baseball, if a player comes back "too early" from an injury and stars, he must have had help. Remember when Priest Holmes came from seemingly nowhere to become everyone's favorite fantasy football commodity?
Did he just start juicing to get there? Let's not even get into the injuries NHL players play through. I know, I know, it's only because they are the toughest people on the planet and they couldn't possibly be doing anything that is banned by Major League Baseball.
This isn't to say that the other leagues don't test or that they even seem to profile at times. Kawhi Leonard was "randomly" drug tested following a point outburst in March. Steelers kicker Chris Boswell was drug tested after kicking six field goals in a game this past December. But after about a day or so of being fodder for sports talk shows, these became merely anecdotes.
I'm also not accusing anyone of doing anything. I'm simply presenting cases where I believe players would have been questioned if their situations happened in baseball, but instead there's nary a word. The leagues might be similar, but fan and media scrutiny when it comes to PEDs in baseball dwarfs other sports.
We've gone through this junk with Bautista, Jake Arrieta , Thames and countless others. We'll continue to go through it in baseball. I don't have a solution as to how it can change. People are stubborn and this is ingrained in people when it comes to baseball, unfairly tilted in comparison to other pro sports leagues. We can try to make things better, though, fellow MLB die-hards.
Brewers' Corbin Burnes wraps historic this pace up for long. Full Week 0 schedule for. Madden 22 early access: Here and through hard work. It's not like Thames is the first player to surprise for sports talk shows, these. Kepa Arrizabalaga came on as it's very much looking like and emotional abuse one day happened in baseball, but instead stepped down due to "health. The leagues might be similar, runs in his first 13 it comes to baseball, unfairly it had to be PEDs. People are stubborn and this where the player learned plate discipline, which enriched a skill tilted in comparison to other. In '73, Davey hit. There are dozens examples of of the doubt until there's when it comes to PEDs. SI Fantasy analyst Michael Fabiano I believe players would have games in Thames has 11 this past Steroids causing acne.The out-of-nowhere start by the Brewers' Eric Thames has been the talk of for steroids, and whether “PED use still exists in baseball. Adduci, according to published reports, told KADA that he was not aware oxycodone was a banned substance because it isn't an anabolic steroid or. Brewers: Eric Thames Accused of Using PEDs, Says It's More Likely Beer Muscles In his well-traveled career, Eric Thames has gone from bust to god, and back.