Steroids and The Media

YankeeGMContributor IFebruary 17, 2009

Sweeny Murti was on The Fan earlier talking about the circus in Tampa awaiting the A-Rod news conference, and he said something to the effect that it's amazing how the New York Yankees made all of these great moves this off-season and all anyone wants to talk about is the Alex Rodriguez mess.

I think I speak for baseball fans everywhere when I say that we have no interest in continuing to discuss the A-Rod steroid controversy - the ONLY people who want to talk about it are in the media!
If left to choose what the media was going to cover, I guarantee that each and every true baseball fan would choose to be done with steroids, who did them, who supplied them, who tested positive and who didn't - and have the media instead focus on the game, our teams, and the upcoming season.
This is a prime example of the media trying to suck every dime out of a dead story by exploiting something that real fans have moved past a long time ago.

I'm not saying that A-Rod didn't make a huge mistake by using performance-enhancing drugs; I am saying only that we know enough about it already and anything he says at this point is only to satisfy a media that will crucify him unless he plays their game.

One way that A-Rod could come out looking good in all of this would be to pay to have his blood tested once a week by an independent testing lab and have the results released to the public at the end of every week. That way we all know for sure that he is clean and anything he does here in is unaided.

As for the Hall of Famers and steroid users, I think that for the most part, it is unfair to keep guys like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens out. These guys were not only stand-outs within the steroid era, but were also Hall of Famers before their probable use of PEDs.

I do believe that there are circumstances, however where it should affect someone's election. A guy like Mark McGwire, for example, only garners HOF consideration because of the production he saw by using.
McGwire 's '88-'92 season saw him hit 33, 32, 39,22, 42 (168 total) home runs; an average of 33 per year. After essentially missing the '93 and '94 seasons to injury, Mac came back to hit 284 home runs in the next five years, an average of almost 57 home runs per year (with a high of 70 in '98). Without the 'roids, Mac would have had a nice career; with them he put up numbers among the all-time greats.

As for A-Rod, I believe that he has enough playing time left to repair the damage done to his reputation and retire a sure-fire first ballot HOF'er.
I think it would certainly help if he follows my advice to have himself tested weekly, but either way I think he should get in.