Who Exactly Has The Last Laugh?

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I’ll make this one short and sweet:  Steroid and PED users are disgraced.  It appears that most, if not all, of the users will never be inducted into the Hall of Fame.  So, how much was it worth to those players?  Was it worth throwing your reputations away?  What is your integrity worth?  Well now, let’s see: Continue reading

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Hall of Fame Voters Make A Point at Piazza’s Expense

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What kind of baseball world do we live in today? Aaron Sele, Steve Finley, and Julio Franco all received Hall of Fame votes. Franco actually received 6 votes. Six “sports” writers gave Franco a Hall of Fame vote. But the true disservice of this year’s HOF vote was seeing Mike Piazza not receiving the 75% of votes needed to gain entry into the Hall of Fame (Craig Biggio also has a case).

Numbers don’t lie.  If we compare Piazza’s stats against Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk, and Gary Carter‘s, Piazza should have been a slam dunk for the HOF. Piazza has the least amount of at-bats, yet led the other three players in homeruns. He trailed only Johnny Bench in RBI, but he had 700 fewer at-bats than Bench. Continue reading

This May Be Jack Morris’ Year to Get Into the Hall of Fame

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On July 26, 1977, Jack Morris took the hill for the very first time at Comiskey Park against the Chicago White Sox. The 22-year-old Morris pitched four innings of relief and gave up two hits and two earned runs while striking out three in his major league debut.

Little did the people of the windy city know, that day, they were witnessing the birth of a career that would compile the most wins by a pitcher in the 1980’s, become one of the best big game pitchers in baseball history, win four World Series titles, and lead the Tigers’ staff for 14 years. Continue reading

My Week Using Steroids and Testosterone Gel

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I have always been under the belief that steroids and testosterone, while helping a player return earlier from injury, did little to aid in hitting a ball further and more frequently.  I used to believe that if you hit a ball squarely on the barrel of a bat, that the ball would travel over the fence regardless of whether or not steroids were being used.  After all, I’ve played baseball for much of my life.  I had never used steroids or testosterone gels, and I would hit a ball 350 feet with consistency (in my younger days).

As I enter my fifties, I was recently diagnosed with herniated discs and sciatica.  It has been a painful experience.  And while I no longer play baseball, I have taken up golf over the past few years.  Golfing has been difficult with herniated discs.  When I first went to the doctor, and tests were done, it was discovered that aside from my disc issues, I also had low testosterone levels.  That would explain feeling tired and sluggish.  The doctor prescribed steroids for one week to ease the back pain, and a well-known testosterone gel to help with my low testosterone levels.  That same week I played golf because my back was feeling better as a result of the steroids and gel.  What happened that week was eye-opening. Continue reading

Munson Deserves The Hall

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Thurman Munson died too early.  On August 1st, 1979 Munson was killed while flying his own private plane.  He was 32.  However, at the time of his death, Munson was considered one of the best catchers in the game.  How did his stock drop so much that he is barely mentioned at HOF voting time? Continue reading

For Your Consideration: Adrian Beltre

Last week, Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers, was a regular fixture on ESPN SportsCenter, becoming the only major league player other than Joe DiMaggio to have a three home run game and hit for the cycle in the same week. Despite being a consistently good player for nearly 15 years, it’s been rare for Beltre to get this sort of attention without it involving a mischievous teammate rubbing his head. When looking at his entire body of work, it’s clear that Beltre is one of the most under-appreciated players in baseball and is moving closer and closer to being a legitimate Hall of Fame candidate. Continue reading

Logic: I Won’t Vote for Bonds Because You Stopped Voting For Morris

In the upper echelon of absurd there sits an article by Mr.Caputo where he explains, in an elementary school yard kind of way, why he refuses to vote for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa. Take a look:

In the aftermath, Peter Gammons, one of the preeminent baseball writers of all time, talked on MLB Network about how he put Morris on the ballot the first three years he was eligible, but stopped because another baseball writer had displayed extensive statistical proof to him that Morris’ 3.90 ERA was “not because he pitched to the score” but rather because he lost a lot of leads.

Right then I decided this coming year, the first time they are eligible for election to the Hall of Fame, I am not voting for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens or Sammy Sosa.

So, because Peter Gammons, the best baseball journalist of our time and possibly of all-time, stopped voting for Jack Morris thanks to advanced statistical analysis Mr. Caputo then “decided this coming year” that he will not vote for Bonds, Clemens, or Sosa in their first year of eligibility. That is akin to a school yard kid saying “you didn’t pick me and my friend for your team so I won’t pick you and your friend for mine next time we have recess. Na-na-na-na-boo-boo, stick your head in doo-doo.” Logic.

Mr. Caputo then goes on trying to defend Morris and his Hall of Fame credentials:

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