January, and in the World of Baseball, that means it is time for the
Should Be Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame Shouting Match. And I
shout. Mostly, this time of the year, I like to shout at that arrogant
Tom Verducci. Verducci doesn't think any player who used PEDs should be
into the HoF. And, while I don't agree with that, I can still respect
But I wonder, how does he know who did and who didn't? How does he
it or not, Derek Jeter will be a first-round Hall of Famer, but does
know if he used PEDs? I have often said I wouldn't be surprised to one
that Jeter got caught. Not because I think he did, but because he was
part of a
generation of baseball players who freely stuck needles in their asses
privacy of their clubhouses. The whole generation is suspect—from the
mid-eighties on. . . . Verducci can usually be found on the MLB Network
Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, ARod—always the guys who are so easy to
reasons other than steroids. But what about the guys like Jeter, Cal
Barry Larkin, or Frank Thomas? These are all really likable guys—so no
questions the possibility that they might have used PEDs at some point
I'm not too keen on the BBWAA using their Hall of Fame
vote to showcase issues
other than what their voting responsibility calls for. And I really
it when someone like Verducci makes idiotic comments like "What do I
my son?" Who cares what you tell your son? That's between you and him.
off your high freaking horse, you buffoon. Or Cubs beat reporter Carrie
says that after talking to a few Hall of Famers she is now convinced
do not belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame. They don't have a vote,
don't abdicate your vote. Besides, who did you talk to, Kirby Puckett?
anyone ever seen Carrie Muskat and Gary Busey in the same room at the
I don't think anyone could make the argument that Tony Gwynn, who died
earlier this year, does not belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame. I
mean, he had
a career similar to Derek Jeter's in that it was spotless. No Chad
scandal, no Lenny Dykstra–like missteps; he never went all Alan Wiggins
Denny McLain or Pete Rose on anyone. Like Jeter, who was beloved in New
Tony Gwynn was beloved in San Diego. Well, there was one small thing .
. . When
he was diagnosed with salivary gland cancer, he told reporters that it
was a result
of dipping tobacco, which, as most people know, can cause salivary
cancer. He made this statement having already been told by his doctors
salivary gland cancer was in his parotid gland and that there is
between cancer in the parotid gland and dipping. There is, however, a
between parotid gland cancer and anabolic-androgenic steroids use.
have no idea who used and who didn't. And neither does anyone else.
play a self-righteous guessing game, I tried to vote for the best
gets 19 points with the death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. Fourteen for
and five for the solo.
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