Jeff Bagwell Newsbeat
Thursday, January 09, 2014
The Baseball Hall of Fame isn’t a court of law. You don’t need to prove something beyond a reasonable doubt, but you should be innocent until proven guilty. Guilt by association is a dangerous game to play. By that logic, isn’t every member of the BBWAA guilty of giving their ballot to Deadspin (a move I support)? Every member is in the association with Le Batard and some members seem less than honorable, so maybe they sold their ballots too. That’s the logic path that convicts Bagwell.
We teach our kids not to judge people based on how they look and we teach them to think critically and independently. Maybe you’ll have trouble explaining Barry Bonds to your kids, but I’m going to be kept up at night wondering how I’m going to explain Jeff Bagwell, who is unquestionably a Hall of Famer, even if he never wins the BBWAA vote.
Posted: January 09, 2014 at 03:13 PM | 19 comment(s)
Friday, December 27, 2013
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.
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