Mike Piazza gets his first HOF vote…from Anthony McCarron of the Daily News. Wuh…you were expecting Murray?
The Hall should call on Mike next year, but it’s a mystery as to whether or not they will. I was at Citi Field over the weekend, and had a brief discussion with Anthony McCarron of the Daily News. I asked McCarron whether he had a Hall of Fame vote this year, to which he replied that he did. When the conversation turned to Piazza, McCarron stated that he would be voting for him in 2013, but was uncertain whether or not he would get in on the first ballot. He did, however, say Piazza would eventually get in.
...The only writer who seems to constantly accuse Mike Piazza of using steroids is Murray Chass. What’s Chass’ evidence? A syringe with fingerprints? Prodigious numbers after Piazza exited his prime? No and no. For Chass, it was Mike Piazza’s back acne that led to the conviction. Back acne, something that afflicts 20% of healthy adult men. According to the article linked in the previous sentence, back acne can be caused by: “Anything that repeatedly rubs against the skin, such as backpacks, rough massages, tight fitting clothing, weight lifting machines which press on the shoulder area, or anything else that rubs the back area and irritates the skin can aggravate acne in that area. Acne mechanica tends to be aggravated by moisture, so if you’re sweaty and combine that with the repeated rubbing that comes with your backpack, clothing, etc., that could make the problem worse.”
Mike Piazza worked out a lot, right? And as a Catcher, he wore tons of equipment. He always had the most stuff on during the game, so he was probably sweatier than every other player on the diamond. So, Mike Piazza had back acne because he wore a tight uniform and sweat a whole lot. Or he had it because he did steroids. Or he had it for some other reason. The point, is that Piazza having back acne doesn’t prove a damn thing. Murray Chass is grasping at straws, and should really think about giving up his pathetic crusade.
Posted: August 27, 2012 at 01:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
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