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The Trickle - Steroidal Edition, Feb. 10

February 10, 2009 - Brian Ferry

I'm disappointed. I always thought Alex Rodriguez was that guy that didn't need the juice. I wish it hadn't happened. He now holds a somewhat lower spot in my thoughts. Given that... This business of keeping people out of the Hall of Fame is interesting. Did he do something against the rules of the game? No. Did he do something 'damaging' to the game of baseball? Perhaps. But, if Rodriguez did, then as much as 20 percent of the entire league did, too. Did he do something illegal? Yes. Anabolic steroids may not be taken in the United States without a prescription. Primobolan (one that A-Rod tested positive for) is not even approved for sale in the U.S. Why would the Hall keep him out? I have to assume some folks who have broken local, state and federal laws have been inducted. (At the very least, Steve Howe was re-instated to the league after several drug offenses. He would, presumably, be eligible for the Hall if deserving.) So, did A-Rod do wrong? Yes. Does that make him less appropriate as a role model? Yes. Is he one of the greatest baseball players ever? Yes. Is he one of the greatest players ever because of steroids? No. Did he do something that gave him a competitive advantage? Hard to say. Lots of guys were using at that point, apparently. Should the Hall of Fame include the greatest players who didn't break the rules? Yes. Should Barry Bonds be in the Hall eventually? Yes. Should Mark McGwire be forever banned? No.

Flexing a little too much muscle

Worse than the discussion of steroids and the HoF is that Congress keeps getting in on the action. I'm sorry, but I would think our nation's leaders could find something more pertinent to put their collective weight behind. Are these people trying to feel better about their careers by going after the popular folks?


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