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Monday, April 22, 2013

The Rebel Yell: Neri: Steroid use could benefit baseball

Looking forward to part two in The Bromley Contingent Weekly.

Drug would bring excitement to dying American pastime.

I have been watching baseball for as long as I can remember, and having started in the late 90s, my initial viewing was in the midst of the steroid era. Of course, at the time, no one knew for certain that several players were juicing, but in hindsight, it should have been obvious.

Regardless, no one was complaining when the home runs were being hit. In fact, they were cheering. The general sentiment at the time was “let the players choose what they put in their bodies, health hazards be damned.”

It was believed that every player should have the option of juicing, but that the actual decision should be left to each individual player. If everyone had the option to cheat, it would no longer be an unfair advantage.

I don’t think it should be made mandatory, but if players had the option, they would surely take the advantage, meaning other players would be forced to juice up in order to maintain and preserve a fair advantage.

...As of right now, steroids have this preconceived, negative connotation because everyone is told that steroids are bad. But if baseball embraced steroids and allowed players to use them at their own discretion, the sport could actually benefit. One of the greatest joys of the game is watching batting practice, where players attempt to time their swing properly an hour or so before the game begins. For some, this is the time when they can forgo their conditioning and just try to hit home runs as far as they can.

Consider batting practice a way to boost a player’s confidence, as they usually don’t see 90 miles per hour fastballs during this time, they’re more or less softballs lobbed over the plate. Just think of performance enhancing drugs as an extension of batting practice, as both will yield more home runs, and more home runs equals happier fans, and happier fans equals more money in the teams’ pockets.

...But to get back on point, while baseball has done well to protect its players, it has suffered in the ratings department, drastically falling behind football and basketball. Baseball is America’s pastime, but most Americans I know would rather watch a taped NFL game as opposed to a live MLB game. By promising fans more runs, which would create more excitement, the sport could reclaim its rightful throne atop America’s sports empire.

Repoz Posted: April 22, 2013 at 01:17 PM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dale Sams Posted: April 22, 2013 at 01:31 PM (#4422248)
but most Americans I know would rather watch a taped NFL game as opposed to a live MLB game.


Please provide a list for me to add to "The People Going Up Against A Wall When I Come to Power".
   2. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: April 22, 2013 at 01:34 PM (#4422254)
I much prefer the run-scoring levels/offensive profiles of today's game to what was going on in the late 90s and early aughts.
   3. Long Time Listener, First Time Caller Posted: April 22, 2013 at 01:39 PM (#4422265)
I don't get this distinction between a taped NFL game and a live NFL game. If you haven't seen it and don't know the outcome, who cares if it's taped? Essentially isn't he just saying "Most Americans I know would rather watch an NFL game than an MLB game"? Or is he calling games you watch on TV "taped" as opposed to games you watch at the stadium? Because if so, that's a dumb way to refer to it. Then again, he seems like a rather dumb guy.

I've spent more time considering this article than I probably should have.
   4. Long Time Listener, First Time Caller Posted: April 22, 2013 at 01:40 PM (#4422269)
FTFA:

This article has been read 31 times.


Oh, I see. I've been had.
   5. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2013 at 01:44 PM (#4422279)
Or in McGuire and Sosa’s case, they wanted to see them hit balls as far as superhumanly possible.

1. Baseball articles in which they spell Mark McGwire's name wrong should be outlawed.

Coming off the 1994 season, which ended prematurely in mid-August due to a player’s strike against the owners, the sport’s popularity was incredibly low, and the only things that could save it were home runs.


I wish people would stop about the popularity of baseball, especially this bogus meme. It was hard hit by the strike, but it was only going to be a season or two for the popularity to bounce back. At the time, almost everyone attributed it's regrowth to Ripken, not McGwire and Sosa. The simple fact of the matter, is that without Ripken, Sosa or McGwire, baseball's popularity was going to rebound.

But to get back on point, while baseball has done well to protect its players, it has suffered in the ratings department, drastically falling behind football and basketball. Baseball is America’s pastime, but most Americans I know would rather watch a taped NFL game as opposed to a live MLB game. By promising fans more runs, which would create more excitement, the sport could reclaim its rightful throne atop America’s sports empire.


Please dear lord save me from the stupidity of people touting ratings as equivalent to popularity. Football is an event more than it is popular. Yes it's popular of course, but it's tv viewing is an event like atmosphere, great marketing, but it's not a direct proxy for it's popularity.

And of course using your twitch like add friends as a comparison the America as a whole is just ridiculous. But baseball is a different viewing experience than other sports, and it's going to appeal to some people and not to others. But I'm pretty confident that in cities with a major league team, the result of the game does matter to people a lot, whether they bother to watch the game or not.
   6. Bob Meta-Meusel Posted: April 22, 2013 at 01:48 PM (#4422284)
I don't get this distinction between a taped NFL game and a live NFL game. If you haven't seen it and don't know the outcome, who cares if it's taped?


It's probably not the distinction he's going for, but if I could avoid finding out who won before I watched it, I'd much rather watch a taped NFL game than a live broadcast. That way I could skip all the commercials, time outs, and wasted time in between plays and only watch when there was actual action on the field. A three hour NFL game can be cut down to about an hour that way.
   7. SG Posted: April 22, 2013 at 02:01 PM (#4422305)
The nice thing about a taped NFL game is you can watch the 11 minutes of action and fast forward through the other 4 hours of nonsense.

edit: Beverage of your choice Bob!
   8. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2013 at 02:03 PM (#4422307)
The nice thing about a taped NFL game is you can watch the 11 minutes of action and fast forward through the other 4 hours of nonsense.


I was going to say something pretty much the same.
   9. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: April 22, 2013 at 02:09 PM (#4422318)
I don't get this distinction between a taped NFL game and a live NFL game. If you haven't seen it and don't know the outcome, who cares if it's taped?

It's probably not the distinction he's going for, but if I could avoid finding out who won before I watched it, I'd much rather watch a taped NFL game than a live broadcast. That way I could skip all the commercials, time outs, and wasted time in between plays and only watch when there was actual action on the field. A three hour NFL game can be cut down to about an hour that way.

This. Being in the UK, avoiding NFL scores is pretty easy for me. So I just download them the next day. Commercials and dead time already edited out. Every play of the game takes maybe 30 minutes. It's awesome.
   10. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 22, 2013 at 03:03 PM (#4422363)

It's probably not the distinction he's going for, but if I could avoid finding out who won before I watched it, I'd much rather watch a taped NFL game than a live broadcast. That way I could skip all the commercials, time outs, and wasted time in between plays and only watch when there was actual action on the field. A three hour NFL game can be cut down to about an hour that way.


And I do the same thing for baseball. I even leave it on a slower fast forward if a slow pitcher is wasting time staring in at the catcher over and over.
   11. TR_Sullivan Posted: April 22, 2013 at 03:24 PM (#4422386)
Cheating is the way to go... Look what it did for UNLV basketball under Jerry Tarkanian
   12. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 22, 2013 at 03:29 PM (#4422393)
Cheating is the way to go... Look what it did for UNLV basketball under Jerry Tarkanian

I don't think Tarkanian did anything a lot of other big programs do. He was just upfront about it. When I was a kid I believed the hype about Tark being evil incarnate, but as I've gotten older, the more I think he was the only honest one of the bunch.
   13. TJ Posted: April 22, 2013 at 04:48 PM (#4422470)
"I have been watching baseball for as long as I can remember, and having started in the late 90s..."

Gee, that long ago?
   14. Walt Davis Posted: April 22, 2013 at 04:58 PM (#4422487)
Tark was a genius! Everybody knew he was "cheating" but they could never catch him. Cheating did a lot of good for UNLV and I bet they are drawing, what, 1/3 the crowd they did in their heyday. Not that I want to advocate cheating or anything. :-)
   15. Ray (RDP) Posted: April 22, 2013 at 05:02 PM (#4422491)

Spokeswoman for Yankees' Cano on Biogenesis list; MLB investigating: report

http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/yankeesblog/spokeswoman_for_yankees_cano_on_LJJRckopcNfpuHk5ryjHbN#ixzz2REDJYVvk
   16. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 22, 2013 at 05:07 PM (#4422495)
They should ban him on principle, for having a spokeswoman. (Seriously, what has Cano ever said about anything?)
   17. Ray (RDP) Posted: April 22, 2013 at 05:11 PM (#4422502)
Yeah I thought initially that the Spokeswoman was for the Yankees. I imagined a colon after the word "Yankees'" in the headline, i.e.:

Spokeswoman for Yankees': Cano on Biogenesis list; MLB investigating: report


Alas, the spokeswoman is Cano's. And she is on the list, not Cano. (But allegedly for Cano.)


   18. JJ1986 Posted: April 22, 2013 at 05:44 PM (#4422539)
http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/yankeesblog/spokeswoman_for_yankees_cano_on_LJJRckopcNfpuHk5ryjHbN#ixzz2REDJYVvk


That article completely leaves out the fact that the payments were miniscule and not nearly enough for PEDs.
   19. Ray (RDP) Posted: April 22, 2013 at 06:11 PM (#4422556)
That article completely leaves out the fact that the payments were miniscule and not nearly enough for PEDs.


Maybe she was running recon for him.
   20. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 22, 2013 at 06:57 PM (#4422586)
Was Cano wearing a backpack? Come on, Post, do your job!
   21. Moeball Posted: April 22, 2013 at 07:12 PM (#4422600)
Or in McGuire and Sosa’s case, they wanted to see them hit balls as far as superhumanly possible.


Baseball articles in which they spell Mark McGwire's name wrong should be outlawed.

Well, in all fairness, it was the more difficult name to spell. At least they got Sosa correct.

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