Friday, October 17, 2008

Shame on you, MLB

For your alleged collusion against Barry Bonds.

It is a shame that during such an exciting and wondrous time as the MLB postseason (the 2nd best around after NHL) that a potential black mark like this will come up. If this is in fact the case and MLB owners and management acted in concert to exclude Mr. Bonds, the all-time homerun king and arguably the best player to ever step on a field (look at the stats), from playing this past season, then I am at a loss for words over how ridiculous the owners are.

Granted, Barry Bonds is a circus. Steroid allegations and the (unfair) coverage would be a "distraction" (read: bring publicity and ticket sales...always a bad thing...right?). But the fact of the matter is that Barry Bonds is a great hitter. Steroids or not, the man had a career OPS of 1.051! He had the most patient and selective batting eye in baseball history. And the man could mash, even as a skinny kid from AZ State. You mean to tell me the Yankees couldn't have used him as a DH? How about the Twins? How about, I dunno, ANY TEAM IN BASEBALL!? What is really ridiculous is how teams continue to employ admitted steroid users (the Giambino, half the 2003 Baltimore Orioles, etc.) and yet they won't pay a man who's simply better with the stick something well below market price?

People will continue to look at the Barry Bonds saga as a taint on baseball history. They're right, but they're missing the point.

2 comments:

ODB72 said...

I agree 100% as I wrote something similar. As to your point about the circus atmosphere and ticket sales, the Marlins who were both in a pennant race and last in attendance would have benefited from Bonds. They went after Manny and didn't get him, why not get Bonds? Answer: Collusion.

Anonymous said...

I hate Barry Bonds and I support any collusion to keep him out of the major leagues.