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  • Originally posted by brett View Post
    For the last time, '87 was a great season, but there was an extra live ball in the majors at least for the first half (when he hit 33 of his 49).
    I wonder which players got to hit this special ball???




    On a side note, excellent post Ace Venom. This Cards fan and St. Louisan salutes you....
    "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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    • Originally posted by ol' aches and pains View Post
      Yes, yes, and yes. Their records are tainted.
      I wasn't asking whether they should or not. I was making a point. The fact is A-rod will probably be in the HoF, along with several other PED users.

      Originally posted by StanTheMan View Post
      The lack of perspective on this issue is absolutely astonishing.

      Doctoring a ball, corking a bat, tipping pitch location to a batter while leading off 2B, phantom tags at 2B on double plays are freaking anthills as compared to the Great Pyramid at Giza that is Steroid use in MLB.

      Why? The players and umpires can police the acts listed above with fastballs in the ear, inspections of pitchers and of bats. There us NO in game test for Steroids, making them far more sinister.

      There is a reason the penalty for a failed PED test is 50 games and irreparable damage to one's career while the penalty for a corked bat or a doctored ball is not. There is a reason Steroid posession or distribution is a Federal Crime and stealing signs is not....
      Stealing signs isn't even cheating. You're way out in left field now. Doctoring a ball is, and there are plenty of them in the HoF. Who cares if it is not against the law? It's a serious offense in baseball, which is why the media works itself into a frenzy whenever there is a smudge on someone's hat. You're saying some cheating is ok, but PED usage is the height of baseball evil. I'm saying draw the line and either keep all the cheaters out of the HoF or have a consistent reason for the ones they do.

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      • Originally posted by YankeeDJW View Post
        I wasn't asking whether they should or not. I was making a point. The fact is A-rod will probably be in the HoF, along with several other PED users.



        Stealing signs isn't even cheating. You're way out in left field now. Doctoring a ball is, and there are plenty of them in the HoF. Who cares if it is not against the law? It's a serious offense in baseball, which is why the media works itself into a frenzy whenever there is a smudge on someone's hat. You're saying some cheating is ok, but PED usage is the height of baseball evil. I'm saying draw the line and either keep all the cheaters out of the HoF or have a consistent reason for the ones they do.
        stealing signs through mechanical means (anything other than the naked eye) IS against the rules of baseball. You could in fact be "way out in left field when you do so. Probably more like left center. Admittedly, I wasn't clear if I was talking about binoculars or an astute bench coach.


        When did I state sine cheating is ok?? I merely stated some forms
        of teangressions (ball and bat tampering) being the mist common ARE policed by in game tests and in some cases THE PLAYERS themselves to some degree.

        Simple fact.
        "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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        • btw, PED usage us not the ultimate evil.... Gambling on the game is. A
          lifetime ban for doing so has been in effect for close to a century. Compare the penalties for PED use and Gambling. It's quite simple.

          (wonders how you'll put words in my mouth next)
          "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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          • Loves how Pujols always finds his name showing up in the conversation. He is putting up numbers very similar to those of The Babe and any other star we've had in the history of the game, but since he plays in this era it's automatic to some of you. Why aren't you accusing those players of the past of doing SOMETHING that others did not do? Sure, maybe the steroids were not in existence in the form they are now, but I'm sure there were other ways to do it..

            As for the caffiene argument, I think it's a valid point. Caffiene can get you in trouble in the NCAA and I'm pretty sure the Olympics too. It's definitely what many would consider to be a "performance enhancing drug." But like was stated, it's consumed by millions on a daily basis for that exact reason...


            I'm not going to say what McGuire did was right. Or Bonds, Clemons, A-Rod and down the list. But at the same time I'm not going to get PO'd that somebody did other than the fact that I know many of the health concerns there are involving these substances...
            Mike Hopper
            Former Gateway Grizzlies Intern

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            • Originally posted by Ace Venom View Post
              I didn't always agree with this position, but I'm more inclined to accept it now. Restore the records to the people that earned them without PEDs.
              And they would be?

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              • Originally posted by YankeeDJW View Post
                I wasn't asking whether they should or not. I was making a point.
                So was I...
                Shalom, y'all!
                What's the rumpus?

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                • Put the man in the Hall of Fame already!!!!

                  He is more than deserving... This was the steroid era. The majority of major league players during that era were using Illegal perfomance enhancing drugs. If you are going to keep McGwire, out then Ripken and Gwynn should be kicked out too. They are not above suspicion.
                  My top 10 players:

                  1. Babe Ruth
                  2. Barry Bonds
                  3. Ty Cobb
                  4. Ted Williams
                  5. Willie Mays
                  6. Alex Rodriguez
                  7. Hank Aaron
                  8. Honus Wagner
                  9. Lou Gehrig
                  10. Mickey Mantle

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                  • Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                    Put the man in the Hall of Fame already!!!!

                    He is more than deserving... This was the steroid era. The majority of major league players during that era were using Illegal perfomance enhancing drugs. If you are going to keep McGwire, out then Ripken and Gwynn should be kicked out too. They are not above suspicion.
                    This was "the steroid era" because people like McGwire made it the steroid era. You want to honor him for it?

                    Nobody is above suspicion, but McGwire is an admitted violator.
                    Shalom, y'all!
                    What's the rumpus?

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                    • Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                      Put the man in the Hall of Fame already!!!!

                      He is more than deserving... This was the steroid era. The majority of major league players during that era were using Illegal perfomance enhancing drugs. If you are going to keep McGwire, out then Ripken and Gwynn should be kicked out too. They are not above suspicion.
                      I completely agree with you. Until the list of 100 or so players who failed drug tests has been released everyone is suspect.

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                      • Hall of Fame enshrinement is an honor, not an entitlement. Voters are under no obligation to promote the membership of any player, regardless of on-field performance. The McGwires and the Roses of the world will always have their stats, but I hope we never see the day when they get their own plaques in the Gallery.

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                        • Wow

                          Mark McGwire did steriods? You could knock me over with a feather! And appareantly he doesnt think it helped his on the field performance? Yeah Mac you started hitting 600 foot homers and cut your HR/AB rate in half later in your career by accident, nice try. Also, since when did steroids turn your neck into cottage cheese? I hadnt heard that side effect before.

                          G Rizzle

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                          • Originally posted by StanTheMan View Post
                            stealing signs through mechanical means (anything other than the naked eye) IS against the rules of baseball. You could in fact be "way out in left field when you do so. Probably more like left center. Admittedly, I wasn't clear if I was talking about binoculars or an astute bench coach.
                            Touche. That made me smile.

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                            • Originally posted by StanTheMan View Post
                              btw, PED usage us not the ultimate evil.... Gambling on the game is. A
                              lifetime ban for doing so has been in effect for close to a century. Compare the penalties for PED use and Gambling. It's quite simple.

                              (wonders how you'll put words in my mouth next)
                              I was just making natural assumptions off of your own posts. You insinuate a spitballer is less of a cheater than PED user and I disagree. Regardless of the "ultimate evil" in baseball, I think it's hypocritical to induct one type of cheater into the HoF and not another.

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                              • Originally posted by ol' aches and pains View Post
                                This was "the steroid era" because people like McGwire made it the steroid era. You want to honor him for it?

                                Nobody is above suspicion, but McGwire is an admitted violator.
                                Mcgwire did not make it the steroid era. The availability of steroids and MLB turning a blind eye made it the steroid era. If steroids were available in the times of Ruth and Gehrig, they would've taken them too. To think otherwise is naive.
                                My top 10 players:

                                1. Babe Ruth
                                2. Barry Bonds
                                3. Ty Cobb
                                4. Ted Williams
                                5. Willie Mays
                                6. Alex Rodriguez
                                7. Hank Aaron
                                8. Honus Wagner
                                9. Lou Gehrig
                                10. Mickey Mantle

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