Jose Guillen Tied To HGH Investigation

Jose Guillen has been linked to a federal investigation involving shipments of human growth hormone sent to Guillen's wife, reports Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times.  Guillen's involvement was brought to the attention of Major League Baseball before the playoffs began, and after the commissioner's office conducted an investigation of its own into the matter, it was suggested to the Giants that Guillen be left off of San Francisco's postseason roster.  His absence obviously hasn't hurt the club thus far; in fact, as Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle points out in a tweet, Guillen "might've played over [Cody] Ross."

The Giants acquired Guillen from the Royals in August.  In 139 plate appearances, the outfielder contributed a .266/.317/.375 line to San Francisco's push to the NL West crown.  Guillen wasn't likely to draw much interest on the free agent market this winter given his declining production, increasingly terrible defense and history of attitude problems, but the spectre of this investgation might drop his chances of a 2011 contract from slim to none.    


38 Responses to Jose Guillen Tied To HGH Investigation Leave a Reply

  1. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    I don’t want to say the wrong thing, but I feel bad for Jose and hopefully this is just a rumor.

    • AJCBE 5 years ago

      OK, I’m sorry but I just have to throw this one out there. Why would you feel bad for him? Do you know him on a personal level? Honestly, some of your countless comments make me cringe.

      • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

        Because I care about every Major League Baseball player from a fan level? Is that answer fair enough for you or should I make it more blatant?

        • AJCBE 5 years ago

          Even the ones that cheat? That’s strange.

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            Pardon me for being an optimist.

          • AJCBE 5 years ago

            I think it’s called being naive. After all he went through this in 2007 too.

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            He has had a troubled career, but I’m a fan of his because I have always loved his swing and the work he did with the Royals in ’08, plus his famous throwing arm and time spent on so many teams.

          • dandretti 5 years ago

            The idea that players that “cheat” in this manner are few and far between is what’s naive.

          • AJCBE 5 years ago

            Wait I’m confused, where did I say that? All I’m saying is that I don’t feel bad for cheaters.

          • dandretti 5 years ago

            You were implying that people should not be fans of people that have been caught cheating. Am I right? I was just trying to make the point that the despairity between the players in pro sports that we know and don’t know use PED’s has to be fairly high. That was a terrible sentence. Sorry. I’m typing on my phone and I’ve got a glass of wine in me.

          • AJCBE 5 years ago

            Oh that’s OK. Sorry I don’t mean to get too defensive, I don’t like to argue with people on here but his comment frustrated me. I agree that there is likely still a fair amount of players using HGH but all I’m saying is that we should never feel bad for them.

            We can’t just suspect everyone because that would ruin the game, but when this type of news comes out, feeling bad for the player is the last thing that’s on my mind.

  2. start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

    Somehow I think the Giants would have come to their own conclusion that leaving Guillen off the roster would be a good thing.

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      Especially after seeing what Nate Schierholtz has done in the World Series.

      • RBI single and has a cannon of an arm

        • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

          and several nice defensive plays after replacing Cody Ross.

          • And his walk-up music is Tik Tok by ke$ha.

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            I don’t like when batters walk up song is Enter Sandman, because only one player in Baseball can have their entry song as Enter Sandman, and we all know who that is. It rhymes with Shmariano Srivera.

          • Yeah. But I don’t know who else uses it.

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            Rod Barajas (Dodgers not Mets)

          • Wow. Sorry Rod but just no

          • Tko11 5 years ago

            I would give Billy Wagner that privilege too

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            I didn’t know that was his entry song. Actually, I take back what I said, it could be any pitcher, I just don’t like it when it’s a hitters walk up song.

          • I still think a hitter should have Coheed & Cambria’s Favor House Atlantic as walk-up music.

          • The_Silver_Stacker 5 years ago

            Does Wagner still use it for the Braves?

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            Not sure but I can’t imagine he does. His pace is too fast.

          • friscofan101 5 years ago

            he actualy replaces burrell. and ross moves to left. ross can hold his own in right field.

  3. Matt Cain. nuff said

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      Javier Lopez: Second best trade of the deadline and one of the best minor league signings (if you think about the anotomy of it). Tremendous story and is in my opinion, one of the top 3 best left-handed relievers who doesn’t close games, in all of Major League Baseball.

      • Lincecame 5 years ago

        Curious… who’s #1?

        I ask because I enjoy your posts and feel you have a valuable insight.

        (no sarcasm if it seems)

        • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

          Thank you. I appreciate it. At this point I’d have to take Jonny Venters as crazy as it sounds. Pedro Feliciano is top 5 but not #2. 2 might be Matt Thornton.

  4. moonraker45 5 years ago

    i hate stories like this, now anyone who achieves any sort of improvement or success or alternatively has an off year was or is on peds. Its been a sad 2 decades for baseball.

  5. bigpat 5 years ago

    He should ask for a refund because obviously they didn’t work. He sucks.

  6. 55saveslives 5 years ago

    I’m mostly glad Guillen is not on the roster so if we win it all, we won’t have to listen to Dodger fans saying we cheated! 😛

  7. 55saveslives 5 years ago

    I’m mostly glad Guillen is not on the roster so if we win it all, we won’t have to listen to Dodger fans saying we cheated! 😛

  8. SalaryCap 5 years ago

    Should the Padres be pissed that he (if it’s found to be true), helped get SF into the playoffs by taking HGH?

    • Trust me, Jose Guillen did next to nothing to help the Giants win anything. He had a few big hits, but nothing that couldn’t have been accomplished by a competent fastball hitter (i.e. Cody Ross) in his place.

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