Re: ARod gets 162 Games
posted at 1/12/2014 10:47 AM EST
In response to HankukSox's comment:
In response to pinstripezac35's comment:
Peter Gammons @pgammo
When, if ARod suspension holds mlb will have legally beaten
the chemists who figured how to beat testing. 13 suspensions,
no positive tests
BT a very long read
but I think/hope U will like it
Awesome read. Thanks for that.
This is a very self-serving article; exonerating the writers for being ignorant, rather than being deliberately blind to the issue.
I wasn't paying a lot of attention to baseball in the mid-late '90's, but I know that the first time I heard that baseball players were using steroids, I thought, "no sh-- sherlock." Not that I had thought about it before, or had any insider knowledge; just that it seemed pretty obvious that some huge professional athletes hitting home runs were using steroids.
Some of these reporters in this article are claiming that they didn't even know what steroids were in the 1990's. They were either incredibly stupid, or they're lying. Steroids were an issue in professional sports for 15-20 years before they became an issue in baseball. I never followed football or any sport other than baseball, but even I knew what steroids were.
Now it's fair that the writers could not publish allegations without hard evidence. But the fact that they weren't looking is due not to simple ignorance, but in large part due to willful ignorance. I don't really understand the reasons that a journalist would be willfully ignorant of steroids. The article does point out that some journalists get too close to the subjects--even calling for journalists to be banned from the clubhouse for revealing secrets. Perhaps it's as simple as not wanting to rat out people you work with, or fear of being the whistle-blower.
On the other hand, Shaughnessy's comment is revealing: he didn't go into sports journalism to be an investigative journalist. I suspect most sports journalists go into it to be analysts. The majority of sports journalism is just analysis of what everyone is seeing on T.V. Digging up hidden facts is a very small part of sports journalism, so the investigative journalists probably gravitate to other areas.
Anyhow, what's done is done. Time to move forward. It looks like these guys are going to get their comeuppance in the HOF votes, with suspensions, and with bad press. There are still steps to take (see, e.g. Peralta, Jhonny), but they're on track and making improvements.