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Baseball Scandals– The Outcome of the Game

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Barry Bonds could be facing two years in prison, and everyone is talking about it, and other baseball scandals in the past. Here are my takes on some of baseball’s most infamous scandals: 
Steroids Users and Abusers:
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Ever since Jose Canseco came out with that book accusing many beloved players around the league of abusing steroids, it has remained one of the most talked about topics in baseball. Then the Mitchell Report came out and many more players were accused. I cannot respect anyone who uses steroids– I can’t respect someone who doesn’t respect the game. They are setting a bad example for the future stars of baseball, and they are ruining the beauty of the game. 
Cheating is cheating and if players use steroids, then they have an unfair advantage over other naturally talented players. They still have to be able to hit the ball, but they sure can hit it harder. I do not think that the Hall of Fame should be an option for those players that used steroids, and I do not think that some of their records should stand. I believe that Barry Bonds is guilty [don’t hate me Steven!!], so I still consider Hank Aaron to be the home run king. 
The problem is that steroids affect the outcome of the game in an unethical way. I just want the game to be clean, and played with pure, natural talent. 
Pete Rose:
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Pete Rose has been ineligible for Hall of Fame eligibility because he bet on games while he was a manger. From the stories that I’ve heard and the videos that I’ve watched, Pete Rose played the game like no other. He did not cheat, he did not do anything TO the game of baseball. Betting on the game does not affect the outcome– steroids do. I don’t think gambling is the most ethical thing a person can do, and I do not condone it in any way, but I do not think that Pete Rose should be banned from the Hall of Fame because he bet on his team– he deserves to be there. He has been punished long enough. 
1919 ‘Black Sox’ Scandal:
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Everyone knows what happened. The eight players that were paid to throw the 1919 against the Cincinnati Red Stockings. This affected the outcome of the World Series because it was not just betting on winning or losing, it was paying people to specifically throw games. Shoeless Joe Jackson did accept the money, but he did not throw the series. .375 is not throwing a series, it is doing what Alex Rodriguez wishes he could do in the post season. Some of the players should be ineligible to be in the HOF, but Shoeless Joe Jackson did not throw the series. He played exactly how he was supposed to play. 
Daily Dosage of Baseball
Thankfully today’s daily dosage was not as tragic as yesterday’s. I was not harassed (yes I was), but at least I didn’t have to talk about Babe Ruth. I did get a ‘Hey Elizabeth, guess what? The Red Sox suck!’, but that was it. 
I went to the library to look for Ken Burns’ ‘Baseball’ because I would like to use it for my research paper. Unfortunately I could not find it, so my friend and I went downstairs and asked the front desk. They could not find it either, but the guy at the front was happy that my friend and I have taken an interest in baseball at “such a young age”. 
Then we went to Mr. Gedeon (in yesterday’s Daily Dosage) and he and I talked about more baseball. I told him that the Mets had personally offended me because of 1986. He also mentioned how relieved he was that Ben Sheets would not be joining the Mets because of that ridiculous elbow surgery. 
The Free Agent Files
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Like Jen, I do not understand why Sheets is having surgery now, when he could’ve had it in October or November. Was he planning telling his suitors that he would be needing elbow surgery after all of his claims that he was healthy? Well, we won’t be seeing Sheets until July or August. 
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Instead of talking about Manny Ramirez, how about Bobby Abreu? Where could he be going? He would be a nice addition to the Braves, but I think that they would be smarter to go with younger talent like Nick Swisher. I think he and Adam Dunn are in similar positions right now. Where do you think Abreu will go? 
What do you think about these HOF potentials? 
-Elizabeth

New Edition: ‘My Daily Dosage of Baseball’

I am not sure if any of you realized, but my ‘Prime 9′ (enjoy the pun Metsmainman) only had eight topics. My mistake, but to those of you who were wondering, ‘what the heck is number nine’…

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Lowell’s Recovery
After being the MVP of the 2007 World Series, Mikey’s numbers dropped, and he did not even play in the ALCS. I think the reason for that was his troublesome hip. His range over at third base was minimized, and his batting average dropped to .274 and his RBI total was diminished. Mike has had surgery this offseason, and according to some sources around the web, his rehab is going very well. I cannot believe that I forgot him after vying for his place on the team as the Red Sox pursued Mark Teixeira. 2009 is Lowell’s year to show the Red Sox that he is not done just yet! I think he has the ability to show us all that it was well worth it not picking up Teixeira. 
My Daily Dosage of Baseball
I think I’ve decided to dedicate this section of my blog to any baseball conversation(s) that I have throughout the day. Today, Mr. Gedeon, my gym teacher from last semester and I talked about the Mets. 
Gedeon: So we [the Mets] got Oliver Perez
Me: Yeah, for the same price as Derek Lowe! 3 years, $36 million…
Gedeon: Yeah, but I would rather Perez than Lowe
Me: Really? But Perez has been known to be inconsistent…
Gedeon: Well, kind of.. but at random times. And you know when he’s off, like if he’ll walk six people or something
Me: Yeah, Dice-K does that sometimes in the first inning. He always manages to get out of it unscathed though. You guys could still get Ben Sheets
Gedeon: Yeah, that would make me happy, I know they’re talking to him.
Me: Yup, but the Rangers are in the mix now too… You guys could be getting Manny Ramirez… potentially… maybe…
Gedeon: Yeah, I wish… 
Me: I don’t know, I don’t really see it happening
Gedeon: Yeah… well he could always go back to the Red Sox
Me: No, he’s not coming back
Gedeon: Don’t you miss him?
Me: Yes… 
Here is where I launch into my story about how I made a statue of his head in seventh grade, and how it hurts me every time to look at it! If you haven’t heard, Manny turned down a 1 year $25 million dollar contract from the Dodgers. I also had this conversation with my friend Cloe. She was appalled that anyone could decline $25 million, but as I replied to her, Manny does think that he is God’s gift to the baseball world. 
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I think we all know why Manny declined this deal– he wants to go long term. I think that he would be willing to settle for less money, but more years. I don’t understand why he wants to be tied down so badly, he tends to get tired of places pretty easily. This has not discouraged either side from negotiations as they are still talking. Where is Manny going to go? 
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Apparently, an offer from the Nationals has been sitting with Adam Dunn for a while. It does not seem like he is too eager to head over there. If no one else has offered him anything, it looks like he may have to settle. 
Baseball has come back faster than I expected it would. In about a week, pitchers and catchers will finally be reporting to their respective Spring Training camps. As soon as the Super bowl ended, baseball officially took center stage. For some people, March is about college basketball’s ‘March Madness’, but for us, it’s all about Spring Training. How will you guys fill the void until it officially begins? 
The Latest Leaders came out today from this past week. Julia is number one!! I think she deserves a huge congratulations from all of us, and I think we knew that it would only be a matter of time before she would be number one. She is such a wonderful, hardworking blogger. 
I dropped down to number 17, but I suppose that happens with blogging inconsistently and an annoying week. Regardless, I am always honored to even be in the latest leaders. My dedication will be coming soon! Thank you all for reading, and congratulations if you were on the list!!
-Elizabeth

An Ode to the Unsigned

It’s already January 24, and there are still so many un-signed free agents out there. The market has been so terrible this year, that these players are going to have to settle for less than they’re worth. I’d be willing to bet that all of Scott Boras’ clients regret signing with him. The fact that a lot of them aren’t signed yet is his fault. As an agent, he should be able to see that accepting arbitration is their best bet! 

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Orlando Cabrera hasn’t signed anywhere and he’s an above average shortstop. His batting average has never been astounding but he’s a pretty good fielder! 
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Sean Casey, the winner of the “Good Guy Award” hasn’t been signed either. He’d be a great presence to have in the clubhouse and would bring some handy veteran experience. If no one signs him, he plans on retiring. 
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Joe Crede hasn’t signed anywhere yet either, but I’m pretty sure that Jen wants him back. After all, he has played his entire career with the Chicago White Sox.
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Adam Dunn has yet to sign anywhere, and if people are so concerned with strikeouts, then why is Ryan Howard asking for $18 million in arbitration? I understand that Ryan Howard is more powerful, but Adam Dunn could be a great DH for someone who is lacking in the power department.
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Nomar Garciaparra (uh oh, call Tommy, I need support!!!) has not signed anywhere either. I know he has injuries but the Indians didn’t hesitate to sign Carl Pavano. The Red Sox signed Rocco Baldelli and he’s had more of an injury history than Nomar. It looks like the Phillies are interested in him though. (We’re sorry Nomah!!!). 
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No one has signed Ken Griffey Jr. and that guy is incredible. If you’ve seen MLB Network’s Baseball Seasons 1995, then you know what I mean. I know he’s getting old but, it’s Ken Griffey Jr.!!! I think it’d be great if he ended his career with Seattle. 
 

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Pedro Martinez hasn’t signed with anyone, and I know his talent has been dwindling away, but he could be one of those low risk high reward pickups for a team. Plus he had arguably one of the best seasons ever in 1999. 
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Kevin Millar (calling Tommy again) is also unsigned. Who doesn’t want this guy in their clubhouse? I would’ve taken him over Kotsay just so he and Pedroia could argue over 15. 
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Andy Petite hasn’t signed anywhere yet. I know he didn’t have his best season with the Yankees but it’s not like he’s a terrible pitcher. Not that I want him on the Red Sox by any means…
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Manny Ramirez–Manny frikin Ramirez hasn’t signed with anyone yet! The future HOF star, the most feared right handed hitter in the game. It’s his own fault though, knowing Manny, no one is going to want to offer him four years. He’s just going to have to accept lower than what he wants like everyone else. You may be good Manny, but you’re not God’s gift to the baseball world. 
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Ivan Rodriguez hasn’t signed anywhere! Has he even received an offer? I think not. I know he’s not the guy that he used to be, but he’s still a great catcher. He could be facing the fate of signing a minor league deal. A minor league deal!!! That’s outrageous. 
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Curt Schilling hasn’t signed anywhere, but I really think that he should retire. He’s definitely not going to be the same pitcher he used to be, and I don’t know if anyone is going to want to sign him so he can pitch half of a season. He’s all for signing Jason Varitek though. *Hint, hint Theo*
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It really surprises me that no one has signed Ben Sheets yet. If the Yankees pursued AJ Burnett without hesitation, then I don’t see why Ben Sheets is such a big deal. 
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If you didn’t know already, Jason Varitek hasn’t signed yet. There’s an offer on the table for this. I have some advice for him on this one: DO NOT CONSULT SCOTT BORAS. Scott Boras is a life ruiner, it’s as simple as that. 
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