Disagreeing with James

Blog Critics has the most reasoned anti-James response I’ve read—by “anti-James,” I mean a response that disagrees with James’ recent article about steroids and the Hall of Fame. This well-written riposte is a stark contrast to the mad spewing we’ve seen from some in the mainstream media.

There is no easy answer to this dilemma, which is why the dialogue will seemingly never end. At the least, we should expect our commentators to be coherent, logical and consistent. Both James and Blog Critics passed the test from all angles.


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Michael
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Well-written, yes. Reasoned, no. It’s basically the same argument as Bill Madden’s but using more words. The assumption is that everybody hates “cheaters.” This has been proven wrong over and over again (the love for Manny in LA and Bonds in SF, sportswriters knowingly electing “cheaters” to the Hall in the past). Sportswriters are people, and people change as times change. Will they all make it? I do think, as James does, that it’s a slippery slope. The guys the sportswriters had good relationships with will get in first, and after that, Bonds and Clemens will have to be considered… Read more »
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I agree with the above post on one issue: the article was not well reasoned.  I’ll first admit that I read only their counter-argument to James’s initial point, that “steroids” (or continued enhancements in biotech and pharmacology) keep you young.  And because people want to stay young, steroids (in one variety or another) are the wave of the future. A good point James made there, one emphatically reinforced with any glance at America’s health industry or simply relying on that old aphorism, “The tide of technology stops for no man”.  There’s no doubt: human beings naturally grasp for enhanced life… Read more »
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I wish someone who knows about these things, someone with contacts in the world of designer PEDs, would write an article. What does the cutting edge look like these days? Are the chemists so far ahead of the testers MLBs drug testing policy is a farce? If it is a farce then why are all these minor leaguers still getting busted? Not wealthy enough to buy the really cool stuff? Sic ‘em, Dave.

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