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2014-01-09 01:43:26 PM  

rugman11: Jmb5346: desertgeek: SilentStrider: Dan is frustratingly good at making good points.

That is a great way of putting it. I can't stand the guy. I see him on TV and I usually want to change the channel. Yet, he's right more often than not. And he's right in this case.

This, except I just don't agree with his rationale on steroid use in baseball and how fans react to it. As a big fan of the sport, damaging the integrity of the sport by using steroids, fixing games, or violating any of the many unwritten rules that we all learn by playing the sport through our lives, is the ultimate crime in the game. Of course they vary in severity, but using steroids, IMHO, disqualifies you from being mentioned in the same breath as some of the all-time greats.

I really don't care what you took, why you took it, or what real effect it had on your performance, it just means you are no longer a natural, authentic baseball player. The real damage done by steroids to the sport, however, is trying to determine who actually did use them and who is just guilty by association with the 'steroid era'.

The 10 vote limit does sound stupid though....

Kenesaw Mountain Landis is in the Baseball Hall of Fame despite this:

"Landis perpetuated the color line and prolonged the segregation of organized baseball. His successor, Happy Chandler, said, "For twenty-four years Judge Landis wouldn't let a black man play. I had his records, and I read them, and for twenty-four years Landis consistently blocked any attempts to put blacks and whites together on a big league field."  Bill Veeck claimed Landis prevented him from purchasing the Phillies when Landis learned of Veeck's plan to integrate the team. The signing of the first black ballplayer in the modern era,  Jackie Robinson, came less than a year after Landis's death on Chandler's watch and was engineered by one of Landis's old nemeses, Branch Rickey.  Eleven weeks after Robinson's debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Veeck became the first American L ...


Whoa now. He didn't gamble, so I think everything's ok.

 The MLB is just a business like all the other major professional sports leagues. They are the most conservative of all the sports (The old out-of-touch voters and process is part of that) ,and they try to project this image of purity and All-American values. That it's the same as the old game Ruth, Mantle, Cobb, etc used to play. Pure Americana. With the same implicit idea that it's about fairness, and love of game. That false image is used to make it seem like they're more clean than culture today, that they stand for all the great old traditions. It's a cultural nostalgia for the idea of the way things used to be, not the truth of it. Like the Andy Griffith of the sports world, a pleasant fantasy of what it was like. MLB is rooted in American 20th century history: The good and the bad, but they like to act like they always were arbiters for the good things. This narrative has been constant. It's just a way to sell the game with no bearing on reality. They let players juice because it was great for business, when it became a PR problem, they turned on the players they enabled to try to continue this sacred image that the sport is above such things as trying to get an unfair advantage. Is it any wonder that the voters are deluded with policing morality?

/ Agree with Lebatard
//I've actually always liked him, as goofy as he is, he seems to have a view of sports that isn't warped by nostalgia
///like the deadspin ballot
 
2014-01-09 01:46:29 PM  
Bonds deserves to get in.
 
2014-01-09 01:55:16 PM  

IAmRight: Jmb5346: but who knows how Andro effected 1 player more or less than another.

So why is it inherently fair for some people to be born with more ability to produce power and unfair for those who might not have as much power to use drugs to get to that point?


Jmb5346: Fair means all inclusive on a level playing field.

Everyone had the opportunity to take drugs to improve their performance. That's pretty level.


I'm sorry if you were born to be a 5'4" ginger with two left feet, but that's life. You're dealt the cards your given. After that, everything else is earned.

And to your second point: No..... it's not....
 
2014-01-09 01:57:19 PM  
Greg Maddux had LASIK. Why are performance-enhancing drugs bad, but performance-enhancing surgery is good?
 
2014-01-09 02:00:55 PM  
My local sports talker has been railing against the BBHOF voting for at least the past 5 years or more, so I am really getting a kick out of these replies.

/the veterans committee was the biggest HOF farce of the past decade
 
2014-01-09 02:03:49 PM  

jimpoz: Greg Maddux had LASIK. Why are performance-enhancing drugs bad, but performance-enhancing surgery is good?


I don't think he had LASIK until the tail end of his career. If he had it in 1989, then you could have an argument.
 
2014-01-09 02:08:30 PM  

Rwa2play: RickyWilliams'sBong: I'm not a fan of his show, but my respect for him went up exponentially last night when I saw the story on Deadspin.

Baseball writers are mostly old, sanctimonious assholes.  And, as he noted, they're laughably uninformed.  Looking forward to hearing the nonsense they'll throw at him.

The BBWAA as a whole, can eat shiat and die AFAIC.  They had no problems with guys hitting balls out of the yard like it was going out of style because, you know, headlines.  They celebrated what the likes of McGwire, Bonds and Sosa were doing and when one St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter got inqusitive about what McGwire had in his locker (read: a bottle of andro), they crucified him.

Fark. Them. All.


It was an AP writer, Steve Wilstein. Grantland wrote at some length about it. My big takeway from the story? Tony La Russa is a gaping asshosle.
 
2014-01-09 02:09:39 PM  

jimpoz: Greg Maddux had LASIK. Why are performance-enhancing drugs bad, but performance-enhancing surgery is good?


I mean that's a valid point. A lot of players careers are hampered by poor eyesight. I think you could make a 'quality of life' argument for people who get it. Its a grey area, and if the MLB decided to make that a new rule? I guess I'd be for it. I don't know?
 
2014-01-09 02:24:28 PM  

NotoriousW.O.P: Rwa2play: RickyWilliams'sBong: I'm not a fan of his show, but my respect for him went up exponentially last night when I saw the story on Deadspin.

Baseball writers are mostly old, sanctimonious assholes.  And, as he noted, they're laughably uninformed.  Looking forward to hearing the nonsense they'll throw at him.

The BBWAA as a whole, can eat shiat and die AFAIC.  They had no problems with guys hitting balls out of the yard like it was going out of style because, you know, headlines.  They celebrated what the likes of McGwire, Bonds and Sosa were doing and when one St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter got inqusitive about what McGwire had in his locker (read: a bottle of andro), they crucified him.

Fark. Them. All.

It was an AP writer, Steve Wilstein. Grantland wrote at some length about it. My big takeway from the story? Tony La Russa is a gaping asshosle.


Should've seen that, thanks.  The way the media handled that was criminal; so they should get off their high-horse regarding the juice because Wilstein had the story right there but were too interested in the chase.
 
2014-01-09 02:33:57 PM  

Gunny Highway: The difference between the PTI and ATH reaction to the story was funny to watch.

Tony and Mike came off sounding old, out of touch, and not understanding what Dan did.


Or understanding what "sanctimonious" means.
 
2014-01-09 02:34:47 PM  

Rwa2play: NotoriousW.O.P: Rwa2play: RickyWilliams'sBong: I'm not a fan of his show, but my respect for him went up exponentially last night when I saw the story on Deadspin.

Baseball writers are mostly old, sanctimonious assholes.  And, as he noted, they're laughably uninformed.  Looking forward to hearing the nonsense they'll throw at him.

The BBWAA as a whole, can eat shiat and die AFAIC.  They had no problems with guys hitting balls out of the yard like it was going out of style because, you know, headlines.  They celebrated what the likes of McGwire, Bonds and Sosa were doing and when one St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter got inqusitive about what McGwire had in his locker (read: a bottle of andro), they crucified him.

Fark. Them. All.

It was an AP writer, Steve Wilstein. Grantland wrote at some length about it. My big takeway from the story? Tony La Russa is a gaping asshosle.

Should've seen that, thanks.  The way the media handled that was criminal; so they should get off their high-horse regarding the juice because Wilstein had the story right there but were too interested in the chase.


The story on Grantland is pretty good. It seems like there were a handful of writers who wanted to write about it and they had bosses who wanted to kill it. Few players were willing to go on the record. Managers, like LaRussa, protected their guys and some writers gave their colleagues crap for trying to expose this stuff.

It really was a systemic mess.
 
2014-01-09 02:41:05 PM  

Jmb5346: jimpoz: Greg Maddux had LASIK. Why are performance-enhancing drugs bad, but performance-enhancing surgery is good?

I mean that's a valid point. A lot of players careers are hampered by poor eyesight. I think you could make a 'quality of life' argument for people who get it. Its a grey area, and if the MLB decided to make that a new rule? I guess I'd be for it. I don't know?


LASIK, to me, is more akin to a player finally having surgery to repair (e.g.) a congenital ligament defect in their throwing arm. It's not so much giving a player a boost as it is returning them, if you will, to "factory standards".

PEDs, almost by definition, are taken to exceed "factory standards" in as many ways as possible.
 
2014-01-09 02:44:52 PM  

ladodger34: Rwa2play: NotoriousW.O.P: Rwa2play: RickyWilliams'sBong: I'm not a fan of his show, but my respect for him went up exponentially last night when I saw the story on Deadspin.

Baseball writers are mostly old, sanctimonious assholes.  And, as he noted, they're laughably uninformed.  Looking forward to hearing the nonsense they'll throw at him.

The BBWAA as a whole, can eat shiat and die AFAIC.  They had no problems with guys hitting balls out of the yard like it was going out of style because, you know, headlines.  They celebrated what the likes of McGwire, Bonds and Sosa were doing and when one St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter got inqusitive about what McGwire had in his locker (read: a bottle of andro), they crucified him.

Fark. Them. All.

It was an AP writer, Steve Wilstein. Grantland wrote at some length about it. My big takeway from the story? Tony La Russa is a gaping asshosle.

Should've seen that, thanks.  The way the media handled that was criminal; so they should get off their high-horse regarding the juice because Wilstein had the story right there but were too interested in the chase.

The story on Grantland is pretty good. It seems like there were a handful of writers who wanted to write about it and they had bosses who wanted to kill it. Few players were willing to go on the record. Managers, like Baseball Hall of Famer LaRussa, protected their guys and some writers gave their colleagues crap for trying to expose this stuff.

It really was a systemic mess.


Just saying.

And this is why I'm in favor of allowing steroid users into the Hall of Fame.  Everybody knew about it.  Everybody turned a blind eye to it.  It was only when it became public that people started getting all sanctimonious.  Hell, when Wilstein wrote his article about McGwire, Andro wasn't even banned by MLB.  It was banned by the NFL and the Olympics, but not by baseball.

Steroids were part of the game for at least thirty years and are still part of the game to this day.  Is it unfair that some players got an advantage that others didn't?  Yes.  But rather than just dismissing an entire era of baseball, let's treat it like any other and make sure that it's not forgotten.
 
2014-01-09 02:50:08 PM  
His ballot contained the appropriate checkmark for Greg Maddux, so it's all good.

I don't wanna hear about the labor, I just wanna see the baby.
 
2014-01-09 03:13:55 PM  
Le Batard announced on his twitter account that he's been permanently banned from HOF voting and banned from attending a baseball game as accredited media for 1 year by the baseball writers union. He didn't sound surprised, either.
 
2014-01-09 03:29:50 PM  

desertgeek: Le Batard announced on his twitter account that he's been permanently banned from HOF voting and banned from attending a baseball game as accredited media for 1 year by the baseball writers union. He didn't sound surprised, either.


Ouch.
 
2014-01-09 03:31:11 PM  

Dr Dreidel: Jmb5346: jimpoz: Greg Maddux had LASIK. Why are performance-enhancing drugs bad, but performance-enhancing surgery is good?

I mean that's a valid point. A lot of players careers are hampered by poor eyesight. I think you could make a 'quality of life' argument for people who get it. Its a grey area, and if the MLB decided to make that a new rule? I guess I'd be for it. I don't know?

LASIK, to me, is more akin to a player finally having surgery to repair (e.g.) a congenital ligament defect in their throwing arm. It's not so much giving a player a boost as it is returning them, if you will, to "factory standards".

PEDs, almost by definition, are taken to exceed "factory standards" in as many ways as possible.


What about Tommy John surgery that allows players to throw harder than before?  Is it a repair or an enhancement?
 
2014-01-09 03:38:13 PM  
Im listening to lebatard's radio show right now. His only real regret he says is not waiting a day or two because now thw story is more about this voting "scandal" and not the guys who got in the HOF.

He also just reported that they stripped his vote and that theyve banned him for a year from the stadium pressboxes. He's not missing much. The Marlins are the local team.
 
2014-01-09 03:42:54 PM  

Igor Jakovsky: Im listening to lebatard's radio show right now. His only real regret he says is not waiting a day or two because now thw story is more about this voting "scandal" and not the guys who got in the HOF.

He also just reported that they stripped his vote and that theyve banned him for a year from the stadium pressboxes. He's not missing much. The Marlins are the local team.


That's true. He's in Miami. There's only so many ways one can say "the Marlins lose" before you're sounding like a broken record.
 
2014-01-09 03:43:54 PM  

desertgeek: Le Batard announced on his twitter account that he's been permanently banned from HOF voting and banned from attending a baseball game as accredited media for 1 year by the baseball writers union. He didn't sound surprised, either.


Which, as LeBatard wrote, was kind of the point.  He was basically saying, "why should somebody like me have a vote when somebody like Bill James doesn't."

It's not like the BBWAA holds any special position in the world.  It's just that the guys behind the Hall of Fame didn't want to do it themselves and so they farmed it out to the most obvious group at the time.
 
2014-01-09 03:44:23 PM  

turtle553: Dr Dreidel: Jmb5346: jimpoz: Greg Maddux had LASIK. Why are performance-enhancing drugs bad, but performance-enhancing surgery is good?

I mean that's a valid point. A lot of players careers are hampered by poor eyesight. I think you could make a 'quality of life' argument for people who get it. Its a grey area, and if the MLB decided to make that a new rule? I guess I'd be for it. I don't know?

LASIK, to me, is more akin to a player finally having surgery to repair (e.g.) a congenital ligament defect in their throwing arm. It's not so much giving a player a boost as it is returning them, if you will, to "factory standards".

PEDs, almost by definition, are taken to exceed "factory standards" in as many ways as possible.

What about Tommy John surgery that allows players to throw harder than before?  Is it a repair or an enhancement?


Will Carroll actually wrote a great article about Tommy John surgery a while back. According to Dr. Jobe, pitchers don't throw harder after TJ surgery. From the article:

Moreover, the onset of UCL damage often comes slowly and imperceptibly. A pitcher who could be throwing 90 is suddenly throwing 88, then 87...and soon, few remember his capability was 90. When he comes back from Tommy John surgery and is throwing 90, it appears faster than before, but only in comparison to his injured state rather than his healthy state.

On my phone, so sorry about the crappy link but here is the rest of the article:
http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/1675444-tommy-john-surgery-the-r e alities-and-myths-of-sports-most-famous-operation
 
2014-01-09 03:45:59 PM  

desertgeek: Le Batard announced on his twitter account that he's been permanently banned from HOF voting and banned from attending a baseball game as accredited media for 1 year by the baseball writers union. He didn't sound surprised, either.


You can write for Golf World and they'll let you vote for the Hall of Fame.
You can admit that you are voting for a player just to spite people who don't want him in, and they'll let you vote for the Hall of Fame.
You can be a god damn child abuser and they'll let you vote for the Hall of Fame.

But don't you DARE let internet people determine your vote. That's crossing the line
 
2014-01-09 03:48:20 PM  

ladodger34: turtle553: Dr Dreidel: Jmb5346: jimpoz: Greg Maddux had LASIK. Why are performance-enhancing drugs bad, but performance-enhancing surgery is good?

I mean that's a valid point. A lot of players careers are hampered by poor eyesight. I think you could make a 'quality of life' argument for people who get it. Its a grey area, and if the MLB decided to make that a new rule? I guess I'd be for it. I don't know?

LASIK, to me, is more akin to a player finally having surgery to repair (e.g.) a congenital ligament defect in their throwing arm. It's not so much giving a player a boost as it is returning them, if you will, to "factory standards".

PEDs, almost by definition, are taken to exceed "factory standards" in as many ways as possible.

What about Tommy John surgery that allows players to throw harder than before?  Is it a repair or an enhancement?

Will Carroll actually wrote a great article about Tommy John surgery a while back. According to Dr. Jobe, pitchers don't throw harder after TJ surgery. From the article:

Moreover, the onset of UCL damage often comes slowly and imperceptibly. A pitcher who could be throwing 90 is suddenly throwing 88, then 87...and soon, few remember his capability was 90. When he comes back from Tommy John surgery and is throwing 90, it appears faster than before, but only in comparison to his injured state rather than his healthy state.

On my phone, so sorry about the crappy link but here is the rest of the article:
http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/1675444-tommy-john-surgery-the-r e alities-and-myths-of-sports-most-famous-operation


So a player in natural decline uses a method to regain the physical abilities they lost naturally?  And this is different than players taking PEDs to recover from injury or stay stronger at the end of their careers?
 
2014-01-09 03:54:22 PM  
"The BBWAA regards Hall of Fame voting as the ultimate privilege, and any abuse of that privilege is unacceptable."

Imagine the balls it takes to write a sentence like that with the HOF voting panel that they have
 
2014-01-09 03:59:49 PM  

Dr Dreidel: LASIK, to me, is more akin to a player finally having surgery to repair (e.g.) a congenital ligament defect in their throwing arm. It's not so much giving a player a boost as it is returning them, if you will, to "factory standards".


No, it isn't. They have better eyesight than they naturally had and typically it's even done to better than 20/20 vision.

As for "returning them to health"...so then you're okay with guys using illegal PEDs to recover from injury, right?
 
2014-01-09 04:00:27 PM  

turtle553: So a player in natural decline uses a method to regain the physical abilities they lost naturally? And this is different than players taking PEDs to recover from injury or stay stronger at the end of their careers?


I see your point, but there is more than a slight difference between repairing a damaged physical structure via surgery and "repairing" natural breakdowns using steroids.

In the former, those breakdowns are aberrant and cannot be fixed without surgery. In the latter, those breakdowns are part of the body's nature and the drugs used to accelerate the natural processes are aberrant.
 
2014-01-09 04:00:58 PM  

Rex_Banner: Imagine the balls it takes to write a sentence like that with the HOF voting panel that they have


Well, they were correct in describing themselves as privileged.

turtle553: So a player in natural decline uses a method to regain the physical abilities they lost naturally?  And this is different than players taking PEDs to recover from injury or stay stronger at the end of their careers?


Oh, I see someone covered this.
 
2014-01-09 04:03:54 PM  

IAmRight: As for "returning them to health"...so then you're okay with guys using illegal PEDs to recover from injury, right?


If they're prescribed by a doctor, not only am I OK with it, so is MLB ("Therapeutic Use Exemption").
 
2014-01-09 04:10:34 PM  

Dr Dreidel: In the former, those breakdowns are aberrant and cannot be fixed without surgery.


No, they aren't. Eyesight naturally degrades with age. As do ligaments. They can be fixed by not using them.

The fact is that morally and logically they're the same, but we've been conditioned to believe "drugs are bad" when they're neither bad nor good - they're simply tools to improve oneself, basically like surgery.
 
2014-01-09 04:15:06 PM  

Dr Dreidel: If they're prescribed by a doctor, not only am I OK with it, so is MLB ("Therapeutic Use Exemption").


Why should they have to be prescribed by a doctor?

So really it's all about trust in authority. Things are illegal, so they're bad. Things are legal, so they're not bad. A doctor says it's necessary, so it's ok. A different doctor writes a prescription without caring if it's necessary, that's unacceptable.

/f*cking hate the "you HAVE to go to a doctor to get anything effective" scheme
//daughter had croup - knew exactly what we needed to help her get over it...instead got to spend an hour in a hospital and got billed for $1500 for a doctor to tell us exactly what we knew, wait 15 minutes, then give our daughter one dose of exactly what we already knew she needed
///didn't have insurance at the time
 
2014-01-09 04:16:00 PM  

Igor Jakovsky: Im listening to lebatard's radio show right now. His only real regret he says is not waiting a day or two because now thw story is more about this voting "scandal" and not the guys who got in the HOF.

He also just reported that they stripped his vote and that theyve banned him for a year from the stadium pressboxes. He's not missing much. The Marlins are the local team.




I'll have to hear the podcast. Listening to yesterday's now.
 
2014-01-09 04:17:35 PM  
Good news, the child molester can't vote anymore either
 
2014-01-09 04:20:38 PM  

IAmRight: Dr Dreidel: If they're prescribed by a doctor, not only am I OK with it, so is MLB ("Therapeutic Use Exemption").

Why should they have to be prescribed by a doctor?

So really it's all about trust in authority. Things are illegal, so they're bad. Things are legal, so they're not bad. A doctor says it's necessary, so it's ok. A different doctor writes a prescription without caring if it's necessary, that's unacceptable.

/f*cking hate the "you HAVE to go to a doctor to get anything effective" scheme
//daughter had croup - knew exactly what we needed to help her get over it...instead got to spend an hour in a hospital and got billed for $1500 for a doctor to tell us exactly what we knew, wait 15 minutes, then give our daughter one dose of exactly what we already knew she needed
///didn't have insurance at the time


You're only supposed to give them liquor if they have the croup!

media.tumblr.com
 
2014-01-09 04:27:13 PM  

Jmb5346: desertgeek: Le Batard announced on his twitter account that he's been permanently banned from HOF voting and banned from attending a baseball game as accredited media for 1 year by the baseball writers union. He didn't sound surprised, either.

Ouch.


Wow, such asshats.  Complete and total asshats; this is one instance where Stephen A. Smith putting a flamethrower towards the BBWAA would be welcomed.

/Yeah, it's him
//But at least it starts somewhere
///Unless someone respectable decides to say it instead
 
2014-01-09 04:29:05 PM  

Rex_Banner: "The BBWAA regards Hall of Fame voting as the ultimate privilege, and any abuse of that privilege is unacceptable."


My response:  You mean like your lot have done for the past 25 years?  That level of abuse?
 
2014-01-09 04:38:19 PM  

IAmRight: Dr Dreidel: If they're prescribed by a doctor, not only am I OK with it, so is MLB ("Therapeutic Use Exemption").

Why should they have to be prescribed by a doctor?

So really it's all about trust in authority. Things are illegal, so they're bad. Things are legal, so they're not bad. A doctor says it's necessary, so it's ok. A different doctor writes a prescription without caring if it's necessary, that's unacceptable.

/f*cking hate the "you HAVE to go to a doctor to get anything effective" scheme


You're confusing 2 different things. What MLB says the rules are wouldn't have any effect on you getting penicillin for your daughter. (I assume you know this and were just venting. FWIW, I feel the same way about some drugs.)

Steroids (AASes) are a class of drug that has high abuse potential (especially in circumstances where the drug's effects on your musculo-skeletal system have huge monetary payoffs), meaning private use should be monitored at the least to make sure no one's killing themselves (like we would do for heroin or for a known alcoholic; like the Rangers did for Josh Hamilton). The fact that steroids can also cause impairment of a user's judgement should also give pause (a user would be less likely to know they're abusing, or be less likely to care).

It's also really easy to ignore the warnings - you're supposed to cycle use of AASes to prevent long-term damage to cardiac and endocrine systems, but when the only warning signs are bacne (unseen) mood swings (usually noticed by others first), I'd prefer if they at least had medical advice on call (maybe the training staff could be educated in safe use of steroids).

I'm of the opinion that whether PEDs are eventually allowed or not, their use should be discouraged. What I'm trying to show is a rationale for keeping them banned, not voice my support for the MLB's position.
 
2014-01-09 04:40:56 PM  

jimpoz: Greg Maddux had LASIK. Why are performance-enhancing drugs bad, but performance-enhancing surgery is good?


LASIK is a type of CORRECTIVE surgery. Corrective. As in, it "corrects" something that's a medical issue that is already - legally - being "corrected" by another means.

Now, when players with "low T" start taking testosterone "by prescription," THEN you can make a comparison to PEDs.
 
2014-01-09 04:45:25 PM  

turtle553: So a player in natural decline uses a method to regain the physical abilities they lost naturally? And this is different than players taking PEDs to recover from injury or stay stronger at the end of their careers?


If a man in his mid 30s has adrenaline/testosterone spikes akin to someone in their teens, a doctor would generally say that man has a medical condition that needs treatment.
 
2014-01-09 04:52:57 PM  

Dr Dreidel: Steroids (AASes) are a class of drug that has high abuse potential (especially in circumstances where the drug's effects on your musculo-skeletal system have huge monetary payoffs), meaning private use should be monitored at the least to make sure no one's killing themselves (like we would do for heroin or for a known alcoholic; like the Rangers did for Josh Hamilton). The fact that steroids can also cause impairment of a user's judgement should also give pause (a user would be less likely to know they're abusing, or be less likely to care).

It's also really easy to ignore the warnings - you're supposed to cycle use of AASes to prevent long-term damage to cardiac and endocrine systems, but when the only warning signs are bacne (unseen) mood swings (usually noticed by others first), I'd prefer if they at least had medical advice on call (maybe the training staff could be educated in safe use of steroids).


So then they should be legal and administered by team physicians.

I just like to point out that baseball really just hates enhanced performance on principle. They have an interminable season, which makes every game relatively meaningless, and don't want that to change. They refused replay at all forever. Now they refuse most replay. They refuse to track the strike zone. They still aren't all on board with the DH. They don't want people using PEDs.

Anything that would improve the game, they're constantly working to eliminate.

Then they take the ONE good thing about the 162-game season, that it provides a TON of data and can make a solid case regarding a team's ability...and throw a one-game playoff round in there "for excitement".
 
2014-01-09 05:02:56 PM  

IAmRight: So then they should be legal and administered by team physicians.


I could get behind that, though treat it more like the NFL does concussions, where they at least try to remove perverse incentives for team docs to ignore symptoms.

// and for god's sake, for the 2 or 3 times a game that replay might be used (not on ball/strike calls, but close plays and fair/foul calls) it's not a big deal
 
2014-01-09 05:50:49 PM  
To be fair... the Deadspin voters actually took the responsibility seriously.

Deadspin voters were asked to make an up-or-down vote on each of the candidates. Anyone who got at least 50%, or the top ten (whichever was fewer), was voted for. Here's how they fell:

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2014-01-09 06:46:38 PM  
Le Batard had balls and so far, it's working for him. Shocker PTI didn't get it. Wonder if ESPN is loving the attention Dan is getting?
 
2014-01-09 11:20:32 PM  

mikaloyd: Lets let in all the racists and druggies and gamblers now. Everybody gets in! Hall of Fame and orange slices for everybody! Its the snowflakes turn to decide what is right and wrong.


The Hall of Fame recognizes greatness on the field.  Pete Rose was a legend ON THE FIELD.  A piece of trash off of it.  Racists still played well.  Despite what we feel about certain players, it shouldn't damage what the player did on the field for the game of Baseball.

Except Bonds*.  fark that guy.
 
2014-01-09 11:54:34 PM  
let's not vote in Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell even though they are clean players playing against roiders cuz their stats aren't as good as the clean players who played against clean players hurr durr i'm baseball the worst sport in the world that still thinks i matter cuz i almost beat cars driving in circles in ratings sometimes
 
2014-01-10 12:26:19 AM  

Fade2black: The Hall of Fame recognizes greatness on the field.  Pete Rose was a legend ON THE FIELD.  A piece of trash off of it.  Racists still played well.  Despite what we feel about certain players, it shouldn't damage what the player did on the field for the game of Baseball.

Except Bonds*.  fark that guy.


Pete Rose couldn't hold Bonds' jock on the field.

And gambling on a sport by the participants within it is literally the most dangerous thing to a league's existence. PEDs don't threaten the league's existence (unless maybe the government decides to interject its own brand of incompetent "justice," I suppose).
 
2014-01-10 02:42:42 PM  

eddievercetti: Le Batard had balls and so far, it's working for him. Shocker PTI didn't get it. Wonder if ESPN is loving the attention Dan is getting?


AI am not surprised an old out of touch writer and a guy who wrote the article blaming Sean Taylor for getting murdered didn't get it?

falcon176: let's not vote in Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell even though they are clean players playing against roiders cuz their stats aren't as good as the clean players who played against clean players hurr durr i'm baseball the worst sport in the world that still thinks i matter cuz i almost beat cars driving in circles in ratings sometimes


The Biggio exclusion is ridiculous when you consider Murray Chass basically claimed he knows Biggio did steroids because he was on a team with Ken Caminitti.  I guess this means he will not be voting for Jeter or Rivera since they were on the same team, at different times with Jason Giambi and A-Rod?   But sure...let's take Le Batard's vote away.
 
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