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Friday, December 27, 2013

Gammons: The Hall of Fame Debate; PEDs

For his next column, Gammons will exclaim, “Cameron is right,” leading the BTF site to implode.

Sheehan is right. These elections will forever be fractious until we come to grips with The Steroids Era, which despite the hours and money put in by Bud Selig, Manfred, et al to try to get the enablers and chemists that lie below the skin of the sport, we still don’t absolutely know still don’t exist. Again: not one of the 13 players suspended because of the Biogenesis lab actually tested position, and if one believes what those who should know have privately passed on, those who have tested positive in the last couple of years did so because they strayed from their professional trainers and chemical specialists.

Oh, we also have players who have tested positive for amphetamines. Are they now supposedly ineligible for Cooperstown? Greenies and beans were rampant in the Fifties, Sixties, Seventies and Eighties, eyesight’s were affected and the ability to ramp it up again helped career home run totals creep past 400 or 500 or 600. I love watching the grainy film of The Mick, head down, rounding the bases, or Don Larsen jumping into Yogi’s arms, but baseball was not played in a Franciscan ordinary; did the Giants really find an edge in the ’51 playoff?
The question was raised on MLB Radio about three managers being inducted into the Hall this summer and that no questions were raised about whether or not any of them won games using players who used PEDs. …

Racial discrimination is a far more serious blight than performance-enhancing drugs, and 21 years after Elijah (Pumpsie) Green broke the Red Sox color bar, owner Tom Yawkey was posthumously voted into the Hall of Fame, forgiven. A Boston street is named after him.

There are some who would argue that human beings who were cheated out of the opportunity to play in the major leagues represent a darker period than records that were shattered by cheaters, but we learned to live with it. The time has come when we have to figure what we can live with, and what we cannot.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Maddux, Glavine headline stacked Hall of Fame ballot

Hall of Fame? Is that still a thing?

Frank Thomas, Jeff Kent and Mike Mussina join Maddux and Glavine as other noteworthy first timers, making this one of the deepest BBWAA ballots in Hall of Fame history. Jack Morris, with 254 victories during his 18-year big league career and World Series titles with the Tigers, Twins and Blue Jays, is on the writers ballot for the 15th and final time. Former Astros second baseman Craig Biggio, who led last year’s voting by being named on 68.2 percent of the ballots cast, returns for a second try….

Bonds, the all-time home run leader with 762, garnered 36.2 percent of the vote. Clemens, a storied right-hander with 354 wins, did slightly better at 37.6 percent. Sosa, the only slugger to bash more than 60 homers in three different seasons, totaling 609 in his career, had 12.5 percent….

The remainder of the ballot consists of Moises Alou, Armando Benitez, Sean Casey, Ray Durham, Eric Gagne, Luis Gonzalez, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Paul Lo Duca, Edgar Martinez, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Hideo Nomo, Rafael Palmeiro, Tim Raines, Kenny Rogers, Curt Schilling, Richie Sexson, Lee Smith, Mike Timlin, Alan Trammell and Larry Walker.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Knapp: The King in Limbo

Dusty Baker: “He has a big heart; it’s just hard to get in there”... Peter Magowan: “The weight’s off his shoulders, things that were wearing him down, whether it was baseball or family issues. He just looks happier now”... Levi Leipheimer: “He does talk about [PEDs], not in specifics. He talks about the owners and the commissioner’s office and their relationship to it”... Kirk Rueter: The whole trip, he sat there with [my wife], and they were just talking, and he was telling her how to get pregnant and what I had to do. She got off the plane, and she was laughing. She said, ‘I think Barry’s going to take credit if we get pregnant, after all the things he was telling me.’”... Jim Warren: “He’s probably got in this box 2,000 autographed balls, and these are his boys, his best friend and his trainer… He says ‘F—- no, you guys don’t get those.’ It was crazy. He could turn on a dime… He was always mad about something. I could never figure out what it was”... J.T. Snow: “Barry loved kids, because they didn’t want anything from him”... Mark Carreon: “I didn’t even like Barry, and he thought we were good friends. Man, is he bizarre”... Andy Van Slyke: “When I stood up to him, our relationship changed. If you backed down to Barry, if you kowtowed to him, he didn’t respect you… Why did he become the scapegoat of all this? How is he different from Andy Pettitte?”... Greg Anderson: “Barry’s been way too nice… Every time he’s an a—hole, it f—king works. He f—king plays good, because he’s just being himself”... Marvin Benard: “In between, when the lawyers were changing places, he looked at me, we made contact, and we just started laughing”... Stan Conte: “We talked about the trial, and he said had no bad feelings toward me for testifying, and that he understood what my position was. I sure got the impression that he wanted to move on and that he thought people were not letting him move on”... John Cangelosi: “If he’s interested in [helping to train kids], I’d love to explore that option, and as an ex-teammate, it would be fun having him around”... Mike Krukow: “He sees a lot of things that other players don’t see, and it always blew his mind that nobody else saw what he saw. [I’d ask him to sit and tape a long conversation about hitting.] And he’d say, ‘Nope, if I’m going to do that, I’m going to sell it’”... Shawon Dunston: “He wasn’t the friendliest player, but he was the smartest, and that’s why he was the best. [We’d listen to him ramble.] We just didn’t let him know, because if it helped, Barry would want to take credit for it”... Barry Bonds: “I can sit here and say in a very kind way that I’m sorry about the way things ended.”

He is unnaturally large, he contains multitudes..

Gonfalon B. Posted: November 21, 2013 at 04:42 AM | 13 comment(s)
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