Archive for the ‘Major League Baseball’ Category

George Steinbrenner was bombastic, when lesser inclined owners sat quietly behind the scenes. He spent millions on players while his peers failed to successfully utilize free agency like he did. Most importantly – he won. He demanded it. But the ways he went about winning were often over the top, cartoonish at times and occasionally even cruel.

Share on Facebook

Sammy Sosa, the man who until now has only had to fight steroid rumors, has a completely new look. And I am startled by what I see. I’m not feeling Sammy Sosa as Michael Jackson’s little brother. Sammy’s new skin tone is shocking and creepy. And I’m being nice. It’s a lot easier to deal […]

Share on Facebook

Ernie Harwell: Still Living

Posted: 18th September 2009 by DavidBurnett in Major League Baseball
Tags: , , ,

I don’t live in Detroit but I know about Ernie Harwell. He is 91 years old yet only a couple of years retired as the longtime, captivating voice of Detroit Tigers baseball. Ernie had a way of making any game seem special and interesting. It’s probably why he lasted so long. Sadly, the other day […]

Share on Facebook

Here we go again.   The drip, drip, drip of unsavory leaks in Major League Baseball’s steroid scandal continues. Now we learn that Big Papi, aka David Ortiz, and his former Red Sox teammate, Manny Ramirez, both tested positive for steroids 6 years ago.   Ortiz and Ramirez are according to the New York Times […]

Share on Facebook

The steroids/performance enhancing drugs (PED) debate in baseball lost me a long time ago when I became convinced that it really is all about statistics, particularly home runs.  And more specifically I believe, the debate has been fueled by the Cult of Babe Ruth.  The steroids/PED issue is often discussed by baseball purists, crusading sportswriters, and […]

Share on Facebook

Hindsight being what it is, it’s beginning to look like Alex Rodriguez should have told reporters to get lost rather than hold that press conference the other day.  From the moment A-Rod said his unnamed “cousin” helped him to procure and then inject “boli” as he called it, the floodgates of doubt opened up. Now it […]

Share on Facebook

We have now entered into the theater of the absurd. MLB commissioner Bud Selig tells USA Today that he is considering a suspension of Alex Rodriguez. It doesn’t get more ridiculous than this. Okay, I get it. An unnamed someone with unknown motives leaks A-Rod’s 2003 steroid test results to a national magazine, which of […]

Share on Facebook

Why Only A-Rod?

Posted: 11th February 2009 by David Burnett in A-Rod, Drugs, Major League Baseball, Steroids
Tags: , , , ,

Let me get back to a question I asked the other day about the latest steroids scandal: Why Alex Rodriguez? Why only him? What was the motive for releasing his name and his alone when there are 103 other players who also allegedly failed the test for steroids. Why weren’t other names leaked? Something is […]

Share on Facebook

I’m glad Alex Rodriguez has now come clean about steroid use while with the Texas Rangers. Unlike many athletes, the ever image conscious, Alex Rodriguez is often thoughtful, poised, well-spoken and generally well-mannered. That A-Rod came out in the confessional-style interview with Peter Gammons on ESPN. It was a measured and impressive performance, the kind […]

Share on Facebook

Et Tu A-Rod?

Posted: 8th February 2009 by David Burnett in A-Rod, Major League Baseball, Steroids
Tags: , , , ,

Baseball’s latest steroid revelation now fingering the Yankee’s Alex Rodriguez leaves me with a lot of questions. Such as: Why only A-Rod? Who else is on the list of 104 players who allegedly tested positive for steroids in 2003? Who leaked the details of the test results to Sports Illustrated and why? Why weren’t the […]

Share on Facebook

It’s official, Mark McGwire did not get elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame. More than 75 percent of the baseball writers who cast votes for induction into the Hall made a statement against the alleged steroid user. Meantime those same voters had no problem voting in Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn. Both Ripken and Gwynn […]

Share on Facebook

A ruling by a US Court of Appeals panel will now open up a can of worms that was promised to be sealed. The names of more than 100 or so major league baseball players who apparently tested positive for steroids may eventually be publicly revealed despite a promise that the test results of all […]

Share on Facebook

Lynching Barry

Posted: 12th March 2006 by David Burnett in Major League Baseball, Steroids
Tags:

The lynch mob is gathering for Barry Bonds. With excerpts in Sports Illustrated released from a new book about Bonds’ alleged steroid use they now have the “proof” they need to drum his uppity, sour ass out of baseball, and perhaps strip him of his records. Heading the lynch mob is former baseball commissioner Fay […]

Share on Facebook