PED defenders refuse to acknowledge the obvious

Dan Szymborski of FanGraphs wrote this today: After all, we keep getting data and still, as a group, players that have been caught using PEDs have not outperformed their projections as a group in any time frame before being caught nor underperformed as a group in any time frame after being caught. That may be…

For those who believe Hank Aaron cheated, or Barry Bonds didn’t

The Braves are pretty annoying with this while Home Run King crap. — Ben (@Ben_Duronio) April 11, 2015 Not as annoying to Mr. Duroino: Bonds’ cheating, if in fact he did cheat, which, according to Ben and his acolytes, isn’t established fact. Besides, he claims, Hank cheated, too. @RowlandsOffice @AaronParks22 never heard of greenies huh…

One more reason to boo Ryan Braun

“If I perform like I’ve always done, I’ll be one of the best players in this game. I don’t need any added motivation of drama at work. “I’ll just let my work speak for itself, as every artist should.” Ryan Braun on his post-PED prospects.

Inducting Javy into Braves HOF a bit hypocritical

I like it when a member of the Braves hierarchy, typically JS, introduces Hank Aaron as the real HR king. But if you’re going to say that, shouldn’t you think twice before inducting Javy Lopez, who all but admitted to using PED’s,  into the team’s Hall of Fame? You either cheated or you didn’t. It…

A question for PED apologists

Would A-Rod get your vote for the Hall of Fame? If the answer is no, you’re being inconsistent. After all, he’s got the numbers.  

AMEN! AMEN! AMEN! and AMEN! again

I feel zero sympathy for A-Fraud, but Joe Sheehan’s body slam of the Used Car Salesman, who’s reportedly prepared to ban the Yankees third sacker for life under the “best interests of baseball” clause, is SOLID FUCKING GOLD. It is ludicrous that Bud Selig would find himself about to invoke XII.B against anyone. In the…

The best $160 million the Braves never spent

It’s often forgotten that, had then-Rangers owner Tom Hicks not lost leave of his senses, Alex Rodriguez would’ve probably been a Brave. JS was prepared to offer A-Fraud a contract in the neighborhood of 8 years and $160 million, and early indications were that the Mariners SS was itching to play for Atlanta, his favorite team…

Speed is to steroids as pot is to heroin

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post is an idiot, as evidenced in this exchange with John Schuerholz. KD : I have one question, one challenging question for you. You know how much I respect you, but one thing I’ve read that irks me a little. I think you’ve had some ceremonies where the team introduces Hank…

PED apologists violate their own liturgy

Familiar language from ESPN’s Christina Kahrl, who claims the HOF is already compromised by PEDs. I mean, c’mon, no Mike Schmidt or Hank Aaron in the Hall of Fame? By their own admission they broke the same baseball rule on the books that Bonds did, and they did so for the same reason — to enhance their…

Tonight’s reading assignment

Terrific column by ESPN.com’s Howard Bryant — so good he almost makes up for Rick Reilly — on this year’s Hall of Fame balloting. Much to recommend here, particularly this excerpt: [B]ecause of the steroid era, the baseball writers are going to guess who deserves enshrinement based on who had big muscles or who had…

Not all cheaters the same

I don’t believe Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens deserve enshrinement in the Hall of Fame. Cheaters shouldn’t prosper. But it’s unfair to lump them together. No question Bonds makes it to Cooperstown without ‘roids. The case for Clemens is much less definitive. In 1993, a 30-year-old Clemens posted a 4.46 ERA with a 1.263 WHIP. He was…

Lance Armstrong, minus the good deeds

Roger Clemens’ denial is contagious. In a Los Angeles Times story, The Rocket’s lawyers vehemently defended his client (shocking, I know). “For them to say, ‘He’s not getting into the Hall of Fame because I know he did it’?” co-counsel Michael Attanasio said (latimes.com). “I think that’s shameful.” And … “I would think that if a baseball…

An antidote to sympathetic reportage of Roger Cheater’s ‘comeback’

Any credibility the Astros and Royals organizations had — and I’m not sure they had any — vanished Saturday night when they dispatched scouts to watch a 50-year-old cheater pitch to the likes of Joey Gathright and guys who will never be half as good as Chris Woodward. Likewise, any scribe who doesn’t treat Clemens‘…

Dumbest question of the day w/ a predictably stupid answer

I watched as much as a I could tolerate of the interminable Kevin Millar show on MLB. He and co-host Chris Rose agreed that Big Fraud-i should go into the Hall of Fame. Like Red Sox fans everywhere — and The Nation‘s fawning ass-lickers in the sports media — Millar and Rose conveniently forget that…

Baseball vs. itself

Like all of you, I have no idea whether Ryan Braun used roids or any other performance boosting drug. What I know is it’s unfortunate that Major League Baseball is effectively trying to taint one of its mosts marketable superstars. MLB must have its reasons for reacting so harshly to Braun’s exoneration. Bud’s underlings apparently believe…

Tuffy Rhodes is more deserving

In a recent interview with Chicago Magazine, Sammy Sosa commented on the fact that the Cubs have not retired his No. 21 jersey. “That number should be untouchable because of the things that I did for that organization,” Sosa said. “That right there shows me that they don’t care about me, and they don’t want to have…

The All-Fraud Team

Featuring a combination of cheaters and superior talents who never panned out.  I didn’t include Bonds or A-Rod because they would’ve been great with or without ‘roids. Clemens is a tough call. 1B: (tie) Rafael Palmiero, Mark McGwire DH: David Ortiz 2B: Bret Boone SS: Benji Gil 3B: Chris Brown OF: Luis Gonzalez OF: Sammy…

Mark McGwire flirts with the truth

From a 1999 “Simpsons” episode, featuring a cameo by McGwire: SCENE: A MLB satellite has crashed into Springfield, arousing suspicion. McGwire arrives to change the subject. MCGWIRE: Do you want to hear the terrible truth, or would you like to watch me hit a few dingers? CROWD: Dingers! How’s that for prescience?