Steroids, Spitballs, and Greenies: a Baseball Hypocrisy

Most baseball experts and historians are drawing a hard line on players who have admitted to or have been accused of using steroids. They are calling these players cheaters and demand that they be banished from the Baseball Hall of Fame and have asterisks put next to their records. However, they choose to ignore other baseball greats who have admitted to cheating in other ways.

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Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Jason Giambi, Andy Pettitte, Roger Clemens and now Alex Rodriquez, head the list of prominent, professional baseball players who either confessed to or are accused of using steroids. It is safe to say, for every superstar that is discovered, there are hundreds of others, who used performance enhancing drugs, but just fell under the radar. It is also safe to say that more names will probably surface before it’s all said and done.

Bonds, MLB’s career and single season Homerun King, admitted to taking substances called The Clear and The Cream, even though he claimed he did not know they were steroids.

Jason Giambi, a perennial all-star power hitter, openly admitted to using steroids, claiming it was poor judgment. Andy Pettitte, one of the top left handed pitchers of the past ten years, took the same route, claiming it was a mistake.

Mark McGwire, the first to break Roger Maris’s single season record during the historical 1998 homerun chase, with Sammy Sosa, never openly admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs. During a congressional hearing, he stuck by his statement of, “I do not want to talk about the past’, which for all intents and purposes could be taken as a silent confession.

Sammy Sosa denied it. Raphael Palmeiro did too, and then wound up testing positive a few months later.

Roger Clemens, perhaps the greatest pitcher in the history of the game is still denying it, even though there is a pile of evidence indicating otherwise.

Now we have Alex Rodriguez, one of the best players in the game today, who many have labeled as the next homerun king, has also admitted to using steroids during the 2001 through 2003 seasons. This came after someone leaked out the results of a supposedly confidential drug test that was conducted by Major League Baseball back in 2003.

Whether they admitted it or not, all of these players have now been branded as cheaters because they took performance-enhancing supplements. The consensus opinion among baseball experts, historians, and fans is that all of these players should be banned from the hall of fame and asterisks should be put next to all of their statistics in the record books. The bottom line to this thinking is they cheated. And there is no room for cheaters in baseball, especially in the Hall of Fame or the record books.

Really?

In 1991 Gaylord Perry accepted his induction into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. From 1962 through 1983, Gaylord piled up some of the most impressive pitching numbers in major league history including 314 wins and 3,534 strikeouts. He won the prestigious Cy Young Award for the league’s best pitcher twice, once each in the National and American Leagues, making him the first pitcher in history to accomplish this feat.

These impressive statistics put Gaylord among the all-time great pitchers, and without a doubt earned him a place amongst baseball’s immortals. However, if you ask any baseball historian or fan what Gaylord Perry was best known for most of them would undoubtedly refer to him being one of the greatest spitballers of all time. As a matter of fact, his incredible accomplishments on the mound are to this day an afterthought. His legend and legacy are that he was a cheater.

Famous baseball manager, Gene Mauch was quoted as saying, “He should be in the Hall of Fame with a tube of KY jelly attached to his plaque”.

An anonymous ex-teammate said upon Gaylord’s retirement, “The league will be a little drier (his retirement as it relates to his grease ball) now folks.”

The most compelling and damning evidence comes from Perry himself. After his retirement Gaylord openly admitted that he used substances such as grease to doctor the baseball throughout his entire career.

The baseball almanac references several quotes by Gaylord. “I’d always have it (grease) in at least two places, in case the umpires would ask me to wipe one off. I never wanted to be caught out there with anything though, it wouldn’t be professional.”

“Grease ball, grease ball, grease ball, that’s all I throw him”, admitted Perry when asked how he got batters out in tough spots. He even described faking the spitter for psychological advantage.

For almost one hundred years, the baseball rulebook has clearly stated that intentionally doctoring a baseball to alter its natural movement is illegal. This means that during his entire career Gaylord Perry purposely broke the rules by throwing a spitter. In short he is an admitted cheater. Yet, his bronze bust sits in the Baseball Hall of Fame, and there are no asterisks next to his statistics. His cheating antics, to a point, have even been glorified.

Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, arguably the greatest third basemen in the history of baseball, dropped a bombshell a few years back, by coming clean on the use of amphetamines, during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Amphetamines, also known as Greenies, are another famous and widely used performance enhancing drug. They give athletes a jolt of energy, boosting their performance. In 2006, amphetamines were also banned from baseball specifically because they were included as a performance-enhancing drug.

During his career, Schmidt smacked 548 homeruns, drove in 1,595 runs, had a .527 Slugging Percentage and won several gold-glove awards. These accomplishments bought him a first class ticket to the Baseball Hall of Fame and deservedly so. Yet, in his book, Clearing the Bases, he claims amphetamines, “Have been around the game forever”. He further adds, “In my day, they were readily available in major league clubhouses.” He even states that some players got them legally via prescription then shared them with teammates. According to Schmidt, “Amphetamine use in baseball is both far more common and has been going on a lot longer than steroid abuse.”

Schmidt does not outright admit in his book that he used them, but during a telephone interview by the New York Times in 2006 he was quoted as saying, “A couple of times in my career, I bit on it.” He also admitted, “There were a few times in my career when I felt I needed help to get in there.”

During a drug trafficking trial back in 1985, names like Willie Stargell, Willie Mays, Dave Parker, Bill Madlock and Dale Berra were all mentioned as players who used greenies. If you took the approach that is currently being taken regarding the use of steroids, these players were all cheaters as well. The point here is that Amphetamines (Greenies) are performance-enhancing drugs, just like steroids. So, if taking steroids is cheating then so is taking amphetamines.

What we are dealing with is a complete hypocrisy. If we are going to punish players for cheating, even though they did not break an actual baseball rule, by banishing them from the Hall of Fame or putting asterisks next to their accomplishments, then we have to go back and kick Gaylord Perry and Mike Schmidt out of the Hall of Fame, along with countless others.

Most experts and historians admit that before steroids were banned from baseball, players who took them did not actually break a baseball rule. However, they are still crying foul labeling steroid users unethical because it degrades the integrity of baseball. This is blatantly a hypocritical stance, because these same experts voted Gaylord Perry, who cheated, and Mike Schmidt, who took amphetamines, into the Hall of Fame.

Gaylord Perry did not have proper ethics or the integrity of the game on his mind every time he went out and threw a spitball. His cheating can be categorized as more reprehensible because he broke an actual baseball rule. Anyone who takes amphetamines, just like steroids, is obviously looking to gain some kind of performance advantage. Yet, no one is calling for an investigation on the use of this drug and no one is calling Mike Schmidt, or the hundreds of others who took them, cheaters.

Throwing a doctored baseball is cheating. Taking amphetamines is cheating. Taking steroids is cheating. So what gives? Why are only steroid users vilified and admonished as cheaters?

On August 4th, 2005 during the Mike & Mike ESPN radio talk-show, Jason Stark, one of baseball’s top journalists became one of the first experts to jump into the fray with this specific point of view. When asked if he would still vote Rafael Palmeiro into the Hall of Fame, he replied, “Yes I would”. He explained his position by emphasizing, “Cheating is Cheating”, and if we condemn these players (Bonds, McGwire and Palmeiro) then we must revisit players like Gaylord Perry, who is one of many baseball heroes who blatantly broke the rules and yet went unpunished eventually gaining entry into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.”

When Stark was asked why he thought steroids seem to be more scrutinized than any other form of cheating in the past, he responded with a very simple explanation. He pointed out that homeruns are the most exciting and glorified accomplishments in baseball. Homerun records are the most recognized records in all of sports, and are held to a different and higher standard than other records. With this kind of notoriety brings microscopic analysis and extremely high expectations.

Quite frankly, this point of view can only be described as bush league. No statistic in baseball can be deemed more important than another. Be it strikeouts, homeruns, pitching victories or runs batted in, holding one to a higher regard is flat out wrong. If you are not willing to go back and punish other cheaters, regardless of what position they played or what statistics made them famous, then you cannot do it today, regardless of what type of cheating they were involved with. Steroids, versus spitters, versus greenies, if one is acceptable then so is the other.

In the end, any player with the proper numbers accumulated before steroids and greenies were banned from Major League Baseball, should take their rightful place among baseball’s immortals in the Hall of Fame, and no asterisk should appear next to their name in the record books. To separate them is hypocritical. So, until you are ready to dish out punishment to the likes of Gaylord Perry, Mike Schmidt and many others, players like Bonds, McGwire, Clemens or Rodriguez should be left alone letting their numbers dictate whether or not they should be in the Hall of Fame.

There are no hypocrisies in baseball.

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80 Comments
  1. Yovita
    Posted March 11, 2009 at 6:54 am

    interesting read!

  2. Posted March 11, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Interesting article.

  3. Posted March 11, 2009 at 10:37 am

    I think steroids is unhealthy and unethical but like you said leave the records stand.

  4. Posted March 11, 2009 at 10:38 am

    …you sold me

  5. Posted March 11, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Very interesting article,
    and it is true,
    steriods are
    definately bad

  6. Posted March 11, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Very interesting article, thanks for sharing, steroids are never a good week.

  7. Posted March 11, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    sorry I pressed submit instead of correcting! I meant steroids are never a good way to achieve results!

  8. Posted March 11, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I agree–cheating is cheating, and no form of it should be treated lightly. But admittance into the Hall of Fame and other records should be based on performance only.

  9. Mr Ghaz
    Posted March 11, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Excellent! great advice for all. Thanks for sharing..I agree with you. ..avoid steroid..its very harmful stuff

  10. Posted March 11, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    You’ve done your homework!

  11. merita holley
    Posted March 11, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Wonderfully written article…Very nice Pete

  12. Posted March 12, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Brilliantly written article, good information.

  13. Posted March 12, 2009 at 11:52 am

    I found myself reading your article from title to end. nice and well detailed stuff.You have good introduction in your topic before shifting to the main content and with very good finishing touches.

  14. Posted March 12, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Yes, I wrote about the drug testing and MLB and you are so right……….they need to put a lid on it……great read….and well researched.

  15. Annie Hintsala
    Posted March 12, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    I am so glad you included Gaylord in this article! Yeah, man. Cheating is as old as baseball. Or any other organized sport. Once you ban something, they will just start taking something else, till that gets banned, and so on and so forth. And don’t take away something that has already been given before the ban!

  16. Posted March 12, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Very interesting and well written article. I enjoyed it!

  17. Posted March 12, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Very interesting srticle, it is very true. i thoroughly enjoyed reading it as i found it to be well researched and i personally agree with what you are saying here. thanks for sharing, it is really nice.

  18. Posted March 12, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    That’s interesting.

    Thanks,

    Inna

  19. Anne McNew
    Posted March 13, 2009 at 12:36 am

    this article very informative. thanks for sharing…

  20. Posted March 13, 2009 at 6:33 am

    really great article with lots of great information.

  21. Posted March 13, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Hi, Peter, how are you?
    I have to agree with your line of thought; a call of judgement should be fair straight across the board, whether they vote yay or nay on the issue of performance enhancers.

    Personally, I happen to think that performance enhancers should be banned from every sport, and cheating should be punished, not rewarded.

    In your fourth paragraph, you mention that Mark McGwire’s statement could be taken as a confession of sorts. However, the continued questioning could also be taken as an affront on an already buried issue. His statement could thus come to be interpreted as meaning “the past has already been dealt with, we do not need to revisit it.” In order to be sure that this statement has not been taken out of context, we need to hear more of the interview surrounding the line of questioning. Otherwise, your angle on this topic becomes jeapordized if you give us biased segments of debate, or force perspective.

    Also, your very last statement is confusing. You just finished an article on the hypocritical views of some of baseball’s highest officials. Your last one sentence paragraph just threw all that out the window because according to your article there is hypocrisy in baseball. Perhaps you meant to say something else? Like; There is no room for hypocrisy in baseball, or, There should be no hypocrisies in baseball. If you’re going to expound on the hypocritical thinking that some cheaters should be stricken from the records while other cheaters should be kept, then you shouldn’t conclude with a statement that there is no hypocritical thinking. That does not make logical sense for the body of the work. No offense!

    Other than that, this is a great article. Hopefully that means something to you, because I don’t care too much for sports. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Posted March 13, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    very interesting!

  23. Posted March 13, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    you have really worked hard on this fab read nice work well done you.

  24. Posted March 13, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    While I agree that cheating is cheating, I feel that performance enhancing substances do not belong in sports. They are a threat to one’s health, and create poor messages to our youth, but then so does cheating. They need to clean up the sport.

  25. Posted March 14, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Good article. Keep up the good work!

  26. Posted March 14, 2009 at 5:10 am

    This is definitely an issue throughout the sports world. There are also other examples. Good job you are writing about this…

  27. Posted March 14, 2009 at 9:21 am

    This article is alarming in the beginning… However, as the climax is reached, the theme opposes and it just lose the controversy. Well done… Interesting piece.

  28. Posted March 14, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Very good article. Sports is like politics, cheaters get away with everything (almost always). Fortunately some do get caught.

  29. Posted March 14, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    great information here very interesting…. good job

  30. Posted March 14, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Great article Peter filled with information. Keep them coming!!!

  31. Posted March 14, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Wow interesting. Very good article!!

  32. Posted March 14, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I agree with you completely. These players are already making so much money for a game they should play for free. They are looking for the next best thing to make them more valuable to their teams and to put more money into their pockets. That’s why I stopped watching baseball. They are all way to greedy.

  33. Posted March 14, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Well, I know absolutely nothing at all about baseball and have never heard of any of the players you mention, but I think you’re right in saying that players who employed practices in the past that weren’t specifically banned, but now are, shouldn’t have their records retrospectively altered it’s a whole can of worms. But that Gaylord bloke should definitely not be in any Hall of Fame if he knowingly broke the rules for years and admitted to it! He should be ashamed of himself!
    Great article by the way – it must be good if I was captivated to the end despite never having seen a single second of a baseball game in my entire life!! lol!

  34. Posted March 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Well said!

  35. Posted March 14, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    a very interesting and useful article well done may more folks read this article its tooooo gggooooooddddddddd

  36. Posted March 14, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Awesome article and very informative as well;keep up the great work.

  37. spiritwalker
    Posted March 14, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    i am torn on the subject. Yes, one way it is bad because in a form it could be considered cheating but how much different is it really from any other inhancement drugs or stimulants.

  38. Likha
    Posted March 14, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    I’m no baseball fan but your article transcends the sports arena to encompass life itself where justice and equality are essential virtues we must possess to improve the quality of our lives. Great write and welcome back!

  39. Posted March 14, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Great article! There are indeed a lot of players who have stretched or broken the rules … but then you look at the great ones — I mean the GREAT ones — like Hank Aaron (best home run hitter), Brooks Robinson (I like him better than Schmidt at #1 third baseman), and Nolan Ryan (the pinnacle of pitching) … as far as we know, those guys are clean … and we have no reason to suspect otherwise. All 3 of them lived clean lives, played hard, and were consistent for years and years.

  40. Posted March 14, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    You’re very much right in the source of the outrage. The fact that Babe Ruth and Willie Mays were getting wiped off the map is what made it such an urgent issue.

  41. Posted March 14, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    not a big fan of sports…but great articlre! well put together! great information! thank yuo for sharing your talent!

  42. Posted March 14, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    That’s always bothered me about sports. All the fanatics make it seem like playing the game, you have to be some kind of “purist” which just seems like B.S. to me (excuse me for saying). There are many, many athletes out there who use some kind of performance enhancing drug, even if it’s not admittedly. Even when my brother played ball (football) it was the norm, if not expected. The kids had to bulk up to meet certain expectations for the team. And while everyone wants to make such a big stink about it, I say “Really?” Hey guy, could you throw a ball, a bat like they do, even if they weren’t on drugs… probably not, and last I heard sports were for entertainment, so get over the judgement already.. Ee cripes!

  43. Posted March 15, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Using performance enhancing drugs is just ridiculous. It’s like a desperate attempt by these people to get somewhere that they know they really just don’t belong at.

    Good article.

  44. Posted March 15, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Matt, You did a great job putting this article together. It is obvious that you follow the game and keep tract of all the isues. You also did great research. It is well written. You gave both sides of the issue. There is only one small concept that I would not have included if I had written it. You made the article political with two words :bush league.” If you were referring to W Bush, which many readers probably caught, you may have lost some support. Writers must always remember that no matter their own political beliefs and feelings, unless a political article is being written, references to a political person is a no no.

  45. Joni Keith
    Posted March 15, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    This is an extremely well written article. It’s obvious you’ve done your homework and stand strong in your position on this issue. I do agree with you, there is no “good cheating vs. bad cheating.” Cheating is cheating. Gaylord knew what he was doing and he knew that it was wrong. He took precaution so as to be exposed on the field. There is a huge gray area when players do something that has not been clearly banned but for ethical reasons the players know is wrong. I agree with your conclusion however, Gaylord is as guilty as the guys using steroids, maybe even more so.

  46. Posted March 15, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Cheating is cheating is cheating! Period!

  47. Posted March 15, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    To Westbrook….first off, my name is not Matt. It’s Peter. Second, the “bush” league reference is not political. It is a baseball reference to the minor leagues, meaning it is not a real top notch professional stance. You took it out of context. Baseball fans know that reference. George W Bush has absolutely NOTHING to do with this article.
    Thanks for the support and comments.

  48. Posted March 15, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    No matter how its dressed up – with some lube or drugs – cheating is cheating. Its almost as ugly as jealously…

  49. Posted March 15, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    I agree with the overall premise of your article – nicely written.

    On a smaller segway, I disagree with the statement that it is bush league for fans to think the homerun is the most important stat. While all the other statistics are important and have meaning behind them, the homerun is the one thing that every boy dreams about as they grow up. I would imagine every kid who has experienced baseball to some degree had the dream they were in the 7th game of the World Series, bottom of ninth, two outs with bases loaded and down by three, when they hit the winning homerun. The homerun is glorified beyond any other accomplishment in baseball – I believe this to be an accurate statement. Watch the ESPN highlights and you’ll see more homeruns than wins, strikeouts, or great catches.

    Lastly, and almost everyone will disagree with me on this one, is that why should steroids be illegal? They should be treated like alcohol or cigarettes where you legalize them at a certain age. Both of them are bad for you from a health standpoint, just like steroids and growth hormones (though some gh have never been proven to be bad for the health). Don’t tell me it is to save the integrity of the game – there is no integrity. We can’t let our kids have sports figures as role models or heroes – they, as a group, have proven that is misplaced trust. Then under proper doctors’ care, the use of steroids and growth hormone can be monitored to let the players know what is actually happening to them. Afraid of historical stats beig broken? Too bad – better facilities, better training facilities (even sport specific training), better video for technique breakdown, better and legal painkillers, better nutrition, not having to hold another job while playing (like they did in the old days) and so on and so on have been creating stronger, faster and more athletic athletes for years. It is an ever-evolving sport and many of the records will continue to be shattered. Lastly, with the outrageous salaries these guys get, I don’t want to see them on the sidelines. I want to see them out there earning their money (though I have a hard time justfying their salaries no matter how well they do). Steroids and growth hormones will help them continue to play. Sure it may cut down their longevity in their sport – maybe, but at least we get the best out of them while they are taking our money and running to the bank

  50. Posted March 16, 2009 at 12:40 am

    Great article!

  51. Posted March 16, 2009 at 1:59 am

    Nice write Pete. Poor bastards are under too much pressure. It’s the only reason that they pump drugs.

    They hope as hell they don’t get nabbed but there is no way you can stop it.

    Take care. Good one . j

  52. Posted March 16, 2009 at 4:12 am

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  53. shafi choudhury
    Posted March 17, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    a lot of good information! Well done!

  54. Posted March 17, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Interesting- certainly creates an unfair advantage, but can it make you a better catcher, or jump higher than previously? Natural ability is enhanced by steriods? if so, Bring them on! – But its not a fair playing filed. I accept that.

  55. Moses Ingram
    Posted March 19, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Cheating is cheating and I’m in agreement with you here. I found this an informative and well written article.

  56. Posted March 20, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Hey buddy ,
    Like all your work. Peter this is another very well written piece! i truly enjoyed this article. in life i met a few kinds of people and the ones i came across lately,were those who have the gift to gab,and those whom have no right to accuse nor judge.however through are days of trials and tribulations nomatter who we are, we are subjected to somebody elses opinion.now for the record before these people that today are famous ,well they were once like you and I,and whatever they were before that nobody really cared .so in other words i am i fan for the player the became,what the do before or after the game i dont care,as long as the play thier part for those innings i devote my time to,but thats me,anyhow it`s ashame but the whole world lives for gossip………
    take care buddy,cant wait for the next piece,
    i have 2 recent things out but plan on a bunch more by sunday
    take care,stay blessed
    your devoted fan,
    Rich

  57. Posted March 20, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    its so not fair on others who truly do it outta pure love n passion for the game…

  58. Posted March 22, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Thanks for sharing this interesting article.I never really understood what steriods had to do with strategy and focusing.

  59. Posted March 24, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    I don’t know how this problem could be solved when we learn about these athletes’ actions until they are famous and their fans don’t seem to care what their favorite athletes have done.

  60. Posted March 26, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    A very interesting article. The problem with all this is that there must be several players who have gotten away with illegal usage. At the same time totally innocent players will always be under suspicion. Its a difficult situation. Human greed for success sometimes brings out the worst in us…

  61. Posted March 26, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Peter, I am not really into baseball, however, you sure seem to know your stuff here! The most terrible thing about steroids to me is that people are willing to risk their health and life only to be recognized by someone…that is so sad. This article is very well written and you can tell you really did your homework, Peter!! Great Job!!!
    Vickie

  62. Posted April 5, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Hello again, Peter. You have out done yourself yet again. Very interesting piece. I hope you don’t mind, but I am adding a link to this read on my blog. Check it out under writers corner…
    http://luzanie09.wordpress.com/

  63. Posted April 5, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Hi, Peter,

    Sorry it took so long to get over here to read this. You’re very talented. Keep doing what you’re doing! And keep me posted on what you write. See in other places, at other times!

    Mary
    http://www.maryjdresselbooks.com

  64. Posted April 8, 2009 at 1:17 am

    yup. what a bunch of hypocrites.

  65. Posted April 9, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    a very well written article…you have done a lot of research on tis one this one and thanks for that…
    and could u plz read and comment on my poems…?
    thanks

  66. Posted April 10, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Peter, the sort of article I love – raises questions, inspires further thought. I am going to go away and think about the points raised and may come back to you.

    Please keep this sort of thing coming- makes my world go round.

  67. Posted April 10, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    So I know pretty much NOTHING about baseball besides the things I see make headlines. Cheating is cheating….no one should be rewarded for getting ahead if it isn’t done the right way

  68. Posted April 12, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    There are no free rides, and steroids take their toll. How baseball wants to deal with it is up to them. To me it is a form of cheating, but hey, that’s only my $0.02 worth!
    Good article,
    Thanks,
    Clay

  69. Paul
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 4:31 am

    Actually, there isn’t much hypocrisy. The same guys who used steroids used greenies. We aren’t punishing them for using greenies but for the ‘roids. And so they stand on equal with footing with all the other greenie only users.

  70. Posted April 17, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    I know nothing of the sport, but enjoyed a well written article.

  71. Posted May 5, 2009 at 4:48 am

    Peter,
    Nice article. This subject always gets me going. I enjoyed this write up.

  72. nms72
    Posted July 26, 2009 at 7:48 am

    “Mark McGwire, the first to break Babe Ruth’s single season record…”
    Um, in 1998 McGwire broke Roger Maris’s home run record. Set in 1961. Made all the papers.

  73. nms72
    Posted July 26, 2009 at 7:49 am

    “Mark McGwire, the first to break Babe Ruth’s single season record…”
    Um, in 1998 McGwire broke Roger Maris\’s home run record. Set in 1961. Made all the papers.

  74. nms72
    Posted July 26, 2009 at 7:49 am

    ‘Mark McGwire, the first to break Babe Ruth’s single season record…’
    Um, in 1998 McGwire broke Roger Maris’ home run record. Set in 1961. Made all the papers.

  75. nms72
    Posted July 26, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Um, before 1998 Roger Maris held the home run record. Set in 1961. Made all the papers.

  76. Nick
    Posted July 26, 2009 at 7:54 am

    “Mark McGwire, the first to break Babe Ruth’s single season record…”
    Um, in 1998 McGwire broke Roger Maris’s home run record. Set in 1961. Made all the papers.

  77. Posted October 15, 2009 at 4:22 am

    I would never have linked this sport with the use of steroids but I guess you learn something new every day.

  78. Posted December 3, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    This is a very interesting article. Great article. Keep up the good work.

  79. Posted January 13, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I have not looked at this article in ages, but with Mark McGwire’s admission of taking steroids, this piece suddenly has a ton of hits! Anyway, I cannot be believe I had an incorrect statement in this article all this time. It has been corrected…finally! Being a baseball NUT you’d think I would have picked up on my error from the beginning. LOL! Oh well…thanks to those who pointed it out. I do appreciate it.

  80. Posted April 5, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Good writing really I am amazed by your talent

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