Also, Cecil…if you add all the numbers on a roulette wheel it comes to 666.
Back then, they talked about him in the same category as Babe Ruth and Roger Maris, because those were some of the only players who ever approached that type of feat.
Now, they don’t talk about him at all. Now, 50 is just a number. Now, even Fielder doesn’t have a feel for his place in baseball history.
“It’s hard to hone in on it now, man, because it’s been done so many times,” Fielder said recently during the annual Party With The Pros fundraiser at the Electric City Trolley Museum. “I was the 11th player in the major leagues to do it. It has been done more since I did it than it was in the 100 years of baseball before I did it.
... But this is what performance-enhancing drugs have done to the game, and listening to Fielder, it’s difficult to blame anyone for wanting to keep anyone who had their greatest successes during the steroids era out of the Hall of Fame.
“The way I look at that is, if they let one in, they’re going to have to let them all in,” he said. “I don’t know if the writers are going to take that chance. There’s going to be someone who gets in, and later on in life, you’re going to find out they cheated.”
.. Fielder said there’s a simple way to eliminate PED use in baseball, to prevent someone like Alex Rodriguez from not only using PEDs, but going back to them when playing clean is not working.
“This is how you do it: busted one time, you’re suspended for one year; busted two times, you’re suspended two years; busted three times, you’re out of the game,” Fielder said. “That will change a lot of minds.”
So, harsher penalties?
“Yeah,” he responded. “Harsh. I mean, let’s play the game right. Let’s everyone be on the same playing field, coming to the field working hard to win.”.
Posted: February 09, 2013 at 03:38 PM | 29 comment(s)
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