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mlb is to blame

Posted on: February 9, 2009 9:56 am

I don't even know where to start.  I can't stand A-Rod but always felt he was just that gifted one like Jordan.  I would love to come on here and blast him but the epidemic that hit baseball for the late 80's, 90's  and into the 00's  really takes an era of baseball and throws into question every person that played.  Think of this...The hits leader is not in the hall of fame.  The homerun record holder(by some the greatest record in sports) will not go into the hall of fame.  The person who everyone looked at to take that record in a Yankees uniform and bring it back to New York and was thought of as is tainted and by some accounts won't go into the Hall of Fame.  The greatest pitcher of the modern era may go to jail and not into the hall of fame.  What has happened to baseball?  It seems as though Baseball's arrogance and ignorance will truly scar a generation of players.  Baseball ignored its problem.  They did not test and they did not punish.  They allowed a Union to get so strong that it ran the league.  They ignored all the accounts and rumors and allowed homeruns and high K totals to dominate because it put butts in the stands.  Players in retrospect probly did it to keep up with the jones's because the player they were once better than was putting up numbers that made them lose their job and livelihood.  The great players were looking normal and probly got frustrated by average joe now putting up better numbers.  It was an epidemic that was not solved by one big iron fist that kicked players out of the league for violations.  But Steve Howe got a million chances so who would have even thought anyone would have been held to any standard.  This problem is due to the poor leadership and poor organizational standards of MLB.  It is like not disciplining your child for 15 years and then trying to because the police showed up because he stole a car.  It is too late for that one.  They have not been bound to any rules so they will not follow any rules and you have a wild child.  I don't feel bad for the players who have to live by the consequences of their actions but there were no consequences because no one told them it was wrong.  There were no penalties for it until 2003.  So they played under the rules of MLB.  Is it illegal?  Yes!  But so is cocaine and heroin and I don't see people not listening to the Doors or Nirvana because they did illegal stuff.  As a matter of fact Woodstock is celebrated for its drug use and freedom.  So MLB this is on you, not A-Rod, Clemens, McGwire, Sosa etc... The consequence of the homerun era is that none of it really existed due to drugs

Category: MLB
Tags: Steroids

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2009 9:55 am

mlb is to blame

Did the Union have a choice but to be complient?  Fehr was undressed out front of Congress and do you really want to send the mesage to the fans to try and condone the use?  Cover up the use? or even try to find a way to escape the wrath of the use.  The Union is not dumb and picking your fight is a huge strategy.  Picking this fight with those who pay your salaries by going to the game would not be a good business decision.  THe Union really had no leverage in this one because the snowball turned into an avalanche with the govt threatening to pull its anti-trust exemption and also to bring in an independent drug testing program in which MLB loses all power in controlling it.  I still think this is going to happen.  A government organized professional sports drug testing agency that will oversee the testing in all sports.

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2009 4:38 pm

mlb is to blame

I agree with you on all points except this:

They allowed a Union to get so strong that it ran the league

At one time this was true, But I am very surprised that the Union has been so quiet recently.

In 2003 they did "Anonymous" testing to see if they needed to have a steroid policy in Major League Baseball. They decided that with those results that they did need to do something, but the Union allowed those anonymous results to leak to the press and they have had a field day. I am by no means a Yankee fan, and I hate ARod but he should not be defending himself right now. This should never have been released. MLB is shooting itself in the foot by allowing their greatest players to become tarnished for something that A) Happened in the past. B) Was not tested for or Disciplined for at the time and C)They promised confidentiality. If I were any of those 104 players on the 2003 list I would sue both MLB and the Union.

I am not sayiing that MLB should cover it up, dont get me wrong, but the Union should never have let the league throw their players under the bus.

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2009 12:37 pm

mlb is to blame

Here is the problem with the MLB, nothing has changed since hank aron was playing exept now it is illegal untill the late 90s, if you go back in time a test aron after he broke the record there is a 95% chance he would fail so dont tell me that these players deserve any less than what Hank Aron ened up with

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2009 11:41 am

mlb is to blame

Lets blame everybody. MLB just came off a strike and they needed something to reenergize the game. Letting these jacked up bomemouths crank tape measure HR's got fans excited, because according to MLB's ads, "Chicks dig the longball". Players started seeing that the way to the huge contracts was to have video game numbers so they started juicing up and the 15-25 million dollar a year contracts followed. Pitchers started getting pissed that they we getting lit up, so they juiced to throw the 98 mph fast balls by the already juiced up hitters. Owners were signing guys for hundreds of millions of dollars and they expected the players to perform anyway they could. Even ESPN signed a huge contract with MLB and didn't want any controversy, so they were turning a blind eye also. Finally, the fans were loving seeing 5-6 HR's a game, so they were going to the park paying record ticket prices, not caring that the Mac and Sosa show of 1998 was chemically enhanced. Lets give a little of the blame to everyone, because right now, everyone is getting what they desserve.

Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2009 11:23 am

mlb is to blame

Couldn't agree more. The ultimate blame for steroids in MLB belongs to Bud Selig and the team owners. "Juiced" players were great for business and the profiteers were all too eager to look the other way. Blaming individual players for this tragic comedy is an injustice.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2009 9:03 am

mlb is to blame

Excellent response and I do see your point. However, you do not play baseball forever and honestly I have higher morals than that. Would it be a difficult decision? Absolutely, but being the best at something is never an easy road, nor should it be. I look at Aaron, Mays etc. Did they need PED,s to be the best? NO!!!!! It can be done just look in the past.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2009 8:42 am

mlb is to blame

THough I agree that they are responsible for their actions no one held them responsible.  SO you could literally watch a person on the bench and not better than you Juice up and take your job or beat you out in spring training for your spot on the team thus leaving you jobless.  Is that the way you want to leave the league?  Because someone juiced up and took your spot?  You couldn't even tell any one because it wasn't illegal in Baseball.  So you have a choice.  Do it and keep your job or not do it and go to the minors for 3 seasons until your age becomes a problem and they don't see you as a prospect anymore and a lifer in the minors like dude in Bull Durham.  So let me just put it to you this way and answer honestly.  If in a league where they don't test and your competition is quickly passing you because they are using PEDs that no one will ever stop them from doing would you use PEDs to save your spot in the league to make that one contract to set up the rest of your life?  Would you use PEDs for a three year period knowing that you won't get caught and it will get you the spot on the roster and a 10 million dollar contract.  Let's see 4-5 years since 18 in the minors struggling to get by.  No college education.  23 years old and either PEDs and 10 million or working @ Olympias and coaching junior high baseball in your hometown while becoming a softball legend...It is an easy choice.  Don't fault these guys fault the system that was created to allow these people to make a very easy decision.  You would make the same one too.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2009 8:20 am

mlb is to blame

While there is enough blame to go around, I ask this simple question. What ever happeneed to personal responsibility?

While MLB did turn a blind eye to the ever increasing problem of roids, it still is the individual resposibility of each player to dope or not to dope. Just because you thought you could get away with cheating does not make it right or acceptable. This problem has tarnished the great game of baseball for thousands upon thousands of fans. I still love the game but the players that have been caught doing this should be banned for life.

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2009 2:11 am

mlb is to blame

Sure steroids played a role. What did you expect from players when usage was legal? Anyone who knows the history of the game has to admit that stretching the rules or cheating as many might have it was always a part of the game. From doctoring pitches to stealing signs, what ever gave you an edge could be expected. But anyone who thinks steroid usage was the main culprit is whistling Dixie. How about five man rotations when at best three of the starters would be in the league if you had 16-20 teams. How about absolute abysmal relief pitching innings prior to the setup man or closer. How about really small ballparks. How about a more livelier baseball. How about hitting in Colorado prior to the humidor. The configuration of the bat has meant more homeruns and more strikeouts. Like they lowered the mound to give hitters a prayer, they could enforce the use of bats that would disallow spindle sticks with two-thirds the weight in the top foot length of the stick. This allows for whip like action. Like I said - more homers and more whiffs, and not necessarily a better game.

Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2009 11:34 pm

mlb is to blame

The players are the ones that are untimately responsible for their actions.  In this case it is the choice to use steriods, performance-enhancing drugs, or HGH whatever it may be.  However, I think that MLB knew it was going on and did nothing to prevent it until the Government stepped in and said something.  The MLB strike in 1994 was nearly the end of pro baseball in this country.  The game lost billions of dollars in 1994 as fans turned away in disgust.  So with MLB down and almost out they needed something to help revive the game.  MLB got a little help in the summer of 1995 when Cal Ripken Jr. was closing in on Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played streak.  But it just wasn't enough.  Then came the summer of 1998, the Home Run Race that caught the nation and the worlds attention.  The summer of 1998 could almost be credited for saving the MLB.  After the historic race between Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa we got to see commercials featuring the likes of Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux in which the coined the phrase "Chicks dig the long ball."  MLB realized after that that fans would rather see a game with 4-5 homeruns rather than see a perfect game or a no-hitter pitched.  Thus they turned a blind-eye to the fact that the players were using steroids, PEHs and HGH.  The MLB and Bud Selig just were making money so no one said a word.  That is why all there were no drug testing policies until the 2
004 season.  Major Leagu
e Baseball and Bud Selig just need to step up and acknowledge that they knew what was going on in the clubhouses all around the league  

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