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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
This is an outrage! To call Buster Olney, “the biggest self-righteous prig in the sports media”. Well, I never!
Olney is merely one of numerous sportswriters who have come out against Manny’s admission into Cooperstown.
Before this gets even more out of hand, there’s a couple of points which should be made. First, anything Manny Ramirez used before the 2004 season is not only unproven, it is irrelevant: there were no restrictions on drug use in MLB before then, so nobody has any business passing judgment. By 2003, Manny had played for the big leagues eleven years—ten of them full seasons and one in which he played 91 games—and had clearly established himself as a Hall of Fame-level player with a .320 batting average, 345 home runs, and eight seasons of 107 or more RBIs. He had lead the league in slugging twice, on-base percentage twice, and batting and runs batted in once.
Second, as I never tire of pointing out, there isn’t any real evidence that 90% of the PEDs that are known to exist have any real effect at all on baseball performance. Barry Bonds might be the only ballplayer who can be clearly shown to have gained a substantial boost from the use of PEDs, and he was a virtual laboratory rate for BALCO.
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