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Yet Maris’ plaque at the National Baseball Hall Of Fame does not exist, his overall status is a one-season wonder.
Meanwhile all these players get linked to drugs or caught with drugs banned by baseball and they still get to play.
They still get to climb back from cheating and try to rejuvenate their careers. But Maris who did nothing wrong never gets acknowledged. What else does a man have to do? Seriously.
He didn’t take steroids, performance enhancing drugs, absolutely nothing. He just played ball.
How do we know this? There was no testing in place at the time, was there? If a player in today's game put up HR totals like Maris - going from 16 to 39 to 61 - the press would be howling for his blood (so they could test it of course). I always love the articles where the players of the author's youth are pure and above suspicion, while today's players are guilty by simple association.
Yea, his numbers went up after joining the New York Yankees, the very same organization that later employed Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte. COINCEDENCE? I THINK NOT.
One of the greatest perks to being a journalist is breaking news.
Not just the breaking news you see on CNN or some other major medium where something has been bombed or the President did something, but the kind where you’re the first to report something no one else knows about. The kind where other publications will want to also publish — at least I’d certainly hope so.
You’ll have to forgive me for my long introduction, but if you read the headline, you’ll pretty much know what I’m getting at. It’s not everyday you get to not only break news and shine light on your idol at the same time. I guess it’s a special perk for me in way. After all, the journalists who break news aren’t really remembered very much, but to know that I’m the reason this news gets out is rewarding beyond words. There aren’t enough sentences, phrases and analogies in the world that can describe the true honor and privilege it is for me to bring you this news.
My fellow baseball fans, Roger Maris — one of the greatest baseball players of all-time, the legitimate home run king, the three-time world champion, back-to-back MVP and all around great guy — is being considered for induction into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
Player Rfield PA OPS+Roger Maris 43 5847 127Tommy Holmes 38 5564 122Bob Allison 30 5923 127Chick Stahl 29 5709 123Jackie Jensen 22 6078 120Sid Gordon 3 5813 129John Titus -4 5818 127Richie Zisk -9 5737 127Topsy Hartsel -15 5793 128Eric Davis -65 6147 125Jay Buhner -77 5927 124Danny Tartabull -120 5842 133
Pretty clear something was going on in NY. His first two years he went from a guy with a lifetime 107 OPS+ to a 160 and 167.
But then I don't really believe in "protection" anyway.
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