I'm talking about the MLB network, specifically, the countdown they've been airing about the 40 greatest individual seasons since 1940.
Four of those seasons belonged to Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds. Bonds was ranked #1 for his 2004 season.
Well, MLB network, I'm not sure how to tell you this but, um, uh, er, well, those guys cheated.
Steroids? Human Growth Hormone? Performance enhancing drugs? Any of that sound familiar MLB network?
There was no mention in the countdown that Clemens', Sosa's, McGwire's and Bonds' seasons may have been tainted.
No hint that any of their accomplishments were anything less than legitimate.
I've been racking my brain trying to figure out why MLB network would include those players in a countdown like this. Maybe they were taking an "innocent until proven guilty" attitude.
But I think these guys have pretty much been proven guilty.
At the very least, McGwire should have been excluded, he has admitted using performance enhancing drugs.
By treating Clemens', Sosa's, McGwire's and Bonds' accomplishments as legitimate, MLB network is being disrespectful to the players who played by the rules.
Even worse, it sends the wrong message to kids.
It says to children, "If you cheat, we'll not only look the other way, we'll glorify your illegitimate achievements."
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