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cheating is defined by what the players thought was cheating. And the players thought PED were cheating.
But, I do think that insofar as the clause means something, it apparently doesn't refer to your value as a member of society¹, but rather refers to "character" as it's expressed on a baseball field. (As is illustrated by the one guy the clause was used against -- Shoeless Joe). In other words: did you cheat at baseball? So how do you define cheating?
Of course it can. If something can't be within the rules (i.e. steroids) then it is by definition against the rules. Sports is the perfect example for all of this because there is a very bright line - what you're doing is either within the rules or it's not. If it can't possibly be in, then it is by definition out.
Infinity squared worse. Infinity times infinity worse.
I've still yet to hear of a player calling out their own teammates, or agreeing to give back their own WS rings that were won in part on the backs of cheaters (I'm looking at you, Curt Schilling and Frank Thomas).
And opponents absolutely DID think that Perry was cheating. They complained about him all the time. Much more than they have about Braun, Cruz, etc, from what I've read.
MLB could not legalize tax evasion by its players even if it wanted to, which is why we don't look to MLB to render judgement on whether tax evasion is allowed or not.
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But, I do think that insofar as the clause means something, it apparently doesn't refer to your value as a member of society¹, but rather refers to "character" as it's expressed on a baseball field. (As is illustrated by the one guy the clause was used against -- Shoeless Joe). In other words: did you cheat at baseball? So how do you define cheating? That's a line-drawing issue, and on the spectrum between a catcher framing pitches on one end and throwing the World Series on the other end, there's no inherently "best" place to draw the line.
So I think it's pretty logical to try to convert the subjective into the objective, and to say that cheating is defined by what the players thought was cheating. And the players thought PED were cheating.
The fact that I don't think PED are "worse cheating" than Gaylord Perry's spitball is not very relevant. The players, based on how they acted, did think that.
I'm not getting SoSH's "missed time" point. You're saying that when a player is injured, there's a cost to the team above and beyond the cost of losing the player's production? That seems like the very reason we define individual players' single-season value as being relative to replacement level...
This isn't anything new.
Well, exactly... Booey isn't saying Manny should get credit for games missed due to suspension, so if your point is limited to disputing that Manny should get such credit, then you're not actually disagreeing with him.
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