Orioles give a 16-year old steroid user $300,000 (nope…not a joke)

July 09, 2010 | Drew Forrester

Hey, when you’re 26-59 — or is it 26-60, or 26-72? I lose count — I guess giving a kid $300,000 despite the fact that he’s already tested positive for steroids isn’t that much of a shock.

After all, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

And that’s what the Orioles have done, agreeing to sign 16-year old Dominican 3rd baseman Hector Veloz and handing him a record $300,000 signing bonus.

I should note, of course, since the Dominicans are known for occasionally misleading folks, that the deal has been announced by the kid’s agent. The Orioles, naturally, refused comment.

And they probably should refuse to talk about the fact that they’re on the verge of signing a 16-year old steroid user.

Veloz – and here’s the entire article for you to read – tested positive for Stanozolol in mid-May as part of Major League Baseball’s drug testing program for Dominican players.

Hey, when I was 16, growing up in Glen Burnie, I occasionally consumed an illegal Olde English 800 with my friends, so I know all about bending the rules.

So there you have it.  Our efforts in the Dominican have yielded a 16-year old 3rd baseman who has already tested positive for steroids.

I sure hope he can hit for power.