It seems as if these days, whenever a baseball player has that breakout season, we spend less time celebrating his accomplishments and more time wondering pessimistically if he’s getting some help.
The Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis entered July 4 leading the majors with 32 home runs. That was six more than the next in line, Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera. Davis’ slugging percentage of .731 leads baseball, too.
Before this year, Davis’ career highs were 33 homers last year (when he had more than 200 plate appearances than this season) and a .549 slugging percentage in 2008 when he played only half the year.
So, naturally, it had to come: Less than a week ago, a fan asked Davis on Twitter, “Are you on steroids?” He replied, “No.”
Davis hasn’t been accused by any published report that he’s doing anything illegal. For now, his only sin apparently is that he figured out how to hit a baseball better than he has in his career.
Why don’t these issues come up when an NFL player has a breakout year?
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