At 38 years old, Derek Jeter is having his best season in the past few years.
Through 122 games, the shortstop is hitting .324 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI. The veteran's resurgence has caused controversial ESPN analyst Skip Bayless to question how Jeter is playing so well at an advanced age.
On ESPN's "First Take," Bayless suggested that the All-Star might be playing so well because he's taking Human Growth Hormone. HGH is a performance-enhancing drug that is banned by the MLB, but not tested for by the league.
"You would have to have your head in the sand or your head somewhere else not to at least wonder, 'How is he doing this?'" said Bayless on Wednesday. "I would have to be sight and hearing impaired not to at least wonder, because there is no HGH test in the sport of baseball. How could I not wonder is he using something? If you're Derek Jeter, would you think about using HGH right now? Because I would. How would you not? Would you not think about it?"
Before the New York Yankees contest against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night, Jeter was asked about Bayless's comments.
"This is a first for me, man. I don't know what to tell you," Jeter responded. "What do you want me to say? Maybe Skip should be tested."
The past two years were probably the worst seasons of Jester's career. He hit just 16 home runs total, and finished 2010 with a career-low .270 batting average.
The talk about Jeter possibly cheating has caused many to criticize Bayless for making such statement.
"Do yourself a favor and kick your computer off a bridge before you listen to Skip Bayless say anything about Derek Jeter," tweeted the blog Awful Announcing.
Others have taken to Twitter, complaining about the media's coverage of the story.
Jason McIntyre of the Big Lead said the Associated Press was wrong to write about Bayless's comments, creating a story where there wasn't one.
"A New Low for the Associated Press: Writing About Derek Jeter and HGH Because Skip Bayless Talked About It," tweeted Bayless.
Bayless's comments come on the heels of two former Yankees being suspended for using PED's.
Melky Cabrera was suspended for 50 games last week. Bartolo Colon will miss the rest of the regular season after testing positive for testosterone.
Jeter recognizes that current players will always be under suspicion because so many former players haven been suspected of using steroids or HGH.
"That's the unfortunate thing these days," he stated. "Anytime you bring this to light with guys that are doing things now, you have everybody questioning everything. You can say whatever you want to say these days. No repercussions."