Braves’ pretty boy prospect avoids straight talk

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The mess that is Jordan Schafer didn’t do himself any good by speaking out this week about his 50-game suspension for ties to human growth hormones.

Not that I mind another excuse to write about him and track down photos of the young stud who will one day become a cover boy for the Atlanta Braves. But right now, he’s a 21-year-old doofus.

He continues to add chapters to the new edition of “Baseball for Dummies: Professional Edition.” His missed advice in the book about not taking the juice when you’re a pro team’s No. 1 minor league prospect. Undaunted, his missteps continued once he was suspended and now he can write his own chapter, “How to Kill a Baseball Career.”

Hopefully, he’ll read the chapter about redemption. Based on his interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he hasn’t gotten that far yet. Don’t get me wrong – I’m glad he spoke up and talked about the allegations. I suggested he man up and do that a few weeks ago.

But he offered the same sad line his father did when he was the only one speaking out about his son’s suspension: “It’s not what it seems.” Well, then, tell us what it is. Instead, the younger Schafer offers this:

“It’s different, but I really can’t comment. I have to just let people think (what they will) and move on, and people will see by the way I play when I come back it was nothing like that. I’m the same player I’ve always been. It has nothing to do with any of that.”

“I know I have that label right now and people have a lot of questions about me, but hopefully by the way they see I come back and play that it’s an unfair label,” Schafer said.

When asked if he used HGH, Schafer said: “I can’t comment.”

Nothing like talking without saying anything. The implication here is that Schafer juiced, had a great season that propelled him to the No. 1 prospect and put him in line being called to The Bigs as early as this season. Then he got caught.

Sports fans are a forgiving bunch. Schafer would know that if he flipped through the chapter on redemption. He’d also find that the best way to move past this saga is to come clean – both with himself and with us.


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