Baseball's Hypocrisy Part II

Wednesday, March 02, 2005
I really am starting not to like Major League baseball. Several managers, Tony Larussa and Kevin Towers among them, knew that their players were using steroids. Most people are looking the other way and saying that this is OK that they knew because they themselves were not the ones doing it and all they did was turn a blind eye.

What a load of crap and what a double standard. It makes me think of the Chicago Black Sox, banned for life from baseball because they threw the 1919 World Series. Part of that story is the third baseman for that team, Buck Weaver. By most accounts Buck Weaver never took any money, his statistics bear out that he didn't throw any games, but he is banned from the game because he knew what was going on and didn't tell anybody. Then commissioner Mountain Landis proclaimed.

"Regardless of the verdict of juries, no player who throws a ballgame, no player that undertakes or promises to throw a ballgame, no player that sits in conference with a bunch of crooked players and gamblers where the ways and means of throwing a game are discussed and does not promptly tell his club about it, will ever play professional baseball."

It's the same thing. Granted I think taking steroids is a somewhat lesser offense than throwing a game but the fact remains that knowing about something and not doing anything about it are, in Baseball's eyes, equally offensive.