Clark’s PED ac­cu­sa­tions ‘ mo­ronic,’ says Ver­lan­der

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - SPORTS BASEBALL - — Justin Ver­lan­der

97, 98, 100 miles an hour from the first in­ning to the ninth in­ning,” Clark said on the air Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to this ar­ti­cle in the St.

“He got that big con­tract, now he can barely reach 92, 93. What hap­pened to it? He has no arm prob­lems, noth­ing’s wrong. It’s just the signs are there.

“The greed... they juice up, they grab the money and it’s just a free pass to steal is the way I look at it.”

To which Ver­lan­der re­sponded, “There is no merit in what he is talk­ing about.

“He’s not watch­ing me pitch. Be­cause if did he would’ve seen my last start, right? He’s say­ing I’m strug­gling to hit 93, 94? I av­er­aged 97 and hit a 100 in my last start. So clearly he doesn’t know what he’s talk­ing about.”

Ver­lan­der said he was up­set and try­ing to bite his tongue. When asked if he thought about fil­ing a for­mal com­plaint or dis­cussing the mat­ter with his at­tor­ney, he de­clined to say whether he had con­sid­ered this.

“I don’t re­ally want to get into that with you guys,” he said.

Nor did he want to say much about Ro­driguez’s re­turn to the Bronx, though he did sym­pa­thize with Evan Lon­go­ria, the Tampa Rays third base­man who said Ro­driguez’s ap­peal wasn’t fair to the teams com­pet­ing in the Amer­i­can League East.

“I could see that,” Ver­lan­der said of Lon­go­ria’s view­point.

When given the chance to elab­o­rate, Ver­lan­der po­litely de­clined.

“I said my piece,” he said, be­fore shift­ing his at­ten­tion back to what Clark said.

“It’s just trou­ble­some that in this day and age, with no merit or any­thing, some­body can just throw a name ( around) just be­cause he feels like, in his opinion, I’m hav­ing a down year cause I’ve lost ve­loc­ity which clearly wasn’t the case,” Ver­lan­der said. “Then all of a sud­den I’m hav­ing to deal with this just be­cause I have a big name.”

‘ It’s mo­ronic. Look at the source. It’s mo­ronic to talk about some­thing you know noth­ing about and clearly ... he’s not watch­ing’

— Detroit Free Press

JU­LIAN H. GON­ZA­LEZ / DETROIT FREE PRESS / MCT ARCHIVES

Detroit’s Justin Ver­lan­der says he hit 100 m. p. h.

in his last start.

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