09 February 2009 by Published in: Rants 12 comments

This post has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the Civil War. I apologize to those of you who come here exclusively for the Civil War content since you will be disappointed by this post. However, I feel the need to rant about this.

Alex “A-Roid” Rodriguez at least fessed up and admitted that he had made abundant use of illegal anabolic steroids from 2001-2003, which included one of his MVP seasons and a year when he hit a career high 57 homers. All of this calls into question the validity of any of his statistics and taints his entire career. And this from the golden boy who was supposed to lead the Yankees back to the promised land. A-Fraud’s propensity for choking in the post season is already well known. I will be curious to see how he responds to hearing the chants of “A-Roid” from the faithful at Fenway Park. The worst part about it is that somewhere, Jose Canseco is snickering and saying “I told you so,” for he’s been saying for several years that A-Roid was a juicer.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t that now make four major juicers from the recent editions of the New York Yankees: Jason Giambi, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettite, and now A-Roid? As if the Steinbrenner family has not done the game irreparable harm already, isn’t their real legacy now paying ridiculous salaries to juicers? There is simply no excuse and no justification for it or for them.

Is there any better possible reason for the imposition of a salary cap in major league baseball than what has happened this off-season with the Yankees? First, in a year when the economy is in the toilet, they spend $400 million on three free agents. And now, their golden boy–the guy with the largest contract in the history of baseball–has proved himself to be just another useless juicer.

It’s time that the rest of baseball impose a salary cap and rein in the Steinbrenners. Perhaps that way, some of the tremendous damage that they have done to the game might be undone.

I also believe that if Commissioner Selig had any cojones, he would declare that any player found to have cheated by using steroids is forever ineligible for admission to the Hall of Fame. That’s the best way I can think of to send a message to a guy like A-Roid, who desperately yearns for love and recognition, that cheating and juicing carries a large penalty. But Selig doesn’t have the stones to do it, meaning that guys like Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmiero, and now A-Roid will get into the Hall of Fame even though they cheated to get there. That’s not a good message to send kids, is it?

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Comments

  1. Richard Welty
    Mon 09th Feb 2009 at 9:55 pm

    One of the Ray’s blogs made a good argument against a salary cap — The lack of a cap means that the Yankees will likely continue to over spend on free agents who are near or past their sell by date. If there were a cap, they might spend money fixing their farm system instead. So for all the rest of us, please permit the Yankees to continue to spend stupidly.

  2. Mon 09th Feb 2009 at 11:52 pm

    In addition to the four you mentioned, Gary Sheffield was a fairly recent Yankee (2004-06) who was named in the Mitchell report.

    David

  3. Steve Basic
    Tue 10th Feb 2009 at 12:08 am

    Eric,

    Am trying to understand how this is a Yankees problem. I understand and agree with the call for a salary cap, but if you wish to place blame, lay it at the feet of Donald Fehr, Gene Orza and the union. The union fought forever to not have any testing done, and did the best they could to keep this nonsense hush hush. Mr. Orza supposedly tipped off A-Rod about an upcoming drug test in 2004?? How is that the Steinbrenner family’s fault??

    This is a baseball problem, and while I agree the Yankees are the cause of many baseball problems, on this issue it’s a stretch to just blame them. Clemens, Pettite, and Giambi all left the Yankees and yet had no problems getting contracts from the Astros and the A’s.

    As for A-Rod’s explanation, if I hear one more ball player say they had no idea what they were taking while apologizing shows how much they care for the integrity of the game, and the fans who are the ones who pay their outlandish salaries.

  4. Tue 10th Feb 2009 at 12:24 am

    That’s why I root for the ‘NY’ logo, not the guy wearing it.

  5. dan
    Tue 10th Feb 2009 at 2:30 am

    Eric,
    Isn’t this a bit like getting all upset when one discovers that WWE/WWF isn’t “real”?
    8^>
    Daniel

  6. Bill
    Tue 10th Feb 2009 at 10:40 am

    MLB has set records for attendance for the last 2 years at least, until that drops off….no changes for baseball. That means that the strongest union in the USA ..the players union…will never allow a cap. This is the same union that tried to use this 2003 test to find false positives to diminish the validity of the testing to eliminate any need to test …EVER !

    Also, if we use McGwire as an example, Bonds, Palmiero, and Arod will never get to the Hall of Fame. Most writers I’ve read have already said that they would not vote for Arod. They should also release the full list of the other 103 names.

    Keep an eye on attendance this year. With the economy and possible fallout over steroids this will be a telling barometer of the future of MLB.

    Bill

  7. RJK
    Tue 10th Feb 2009 at 11:19 am

    Well said once again. Disappointing to say the least, for a sport struggling against Football and Basketball to be America’s Sport. Say it ain’t so Alex…say it ain’t so!

  8. Rick Allen
    Tue 10th Feb 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Eric, are you saying that Brady Anderson didnt legitimately jack 50 HR’s ??? :-)

  9. Phil
    Wed 11th Feb 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Brady? The guy who did not hit fifty in any other two years combined?

  10. Ed Flanagan
    Fri 13th Feb 2009 at 4:26 pm

    All these cheaters belong in the Hall Of Shame and not in Cooperstown! And to have Peter “Charlie Hustle” Rose decry A-Rod “……I’m a little disappointed that A-Rod took (steroids), but he’s probably disappointed that I bet on my team to win back in the ’80s . . . .” Hey Pete what about all those Greenies & Reds(pep-pills) you took back in the the day! Some people never learn that steroids are no good, just ask Lyle Alzado and Ken Caminiti….. What a bunch of frauds!

  11. Jeff
    Tue 17th Feb 2009 at 8:02 pm

    You are operating unde the assumption that the Hall of Fame is meant as a place where the best players are enshrined. I think if you read the Bill James book ‘Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame’ you’d know that isn’t the case.

    I’m certainly defending A-Rod or any other juicer, but there are players in the Hall (most of the 50’s and 60’s players) who used greenies and other amphetamines to increase their play. Their are pitches who cut, spit, and did countless other things to the baseball in the hall. There are countless players in the hall largely based on cronyism.

    So, the Hall has numerous problems with the way it’s viewed. The simple solution is to change it’s charter to that of a museum, and view it that way. It’s not a pantheon, it is history. You get the Shoeless Joe Jackson’s, the Pete Roses, and the A-Rod’s warts and all…

  12. Jeff
    Tue 17th Feb 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Sorry, in the above it should read ‘I’m certainly NOT defending A-Rod or any other juicer’

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