x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Accusations flying about in baseball like so many foul balls

Major League Baseball announced its suspensions of 12 players in the Biogenesis scandal, critics had their field day, but oddly not much of it was directed at the cheaters. People with axes to grind jumped at the chance to rip other targets.

The Biogenesis scandal is still the talk of baseball and more accusations are flying about. Former MLB player Jack Clark called out  Albert Pujols, above, of the Los Angeles Angels, stating Pujols used steroids while playing for the St Louis Cardinals.
The Biogenesis scandal is still the talk of baseball and more accusations are flying about. Former MLB player Jack Clark called out Albert Pujols, above, of the Los Angeles Angels, stating Pujols used steroids while playing for the St Louis Cardinals.

As soon as Major League Baseball announced its suspensions of 12 players in the Biogenesis scandal, critics had their field day.

Oddly, not much of it was directed at the cheaters. People with axes to grind jumped at the chance to rip other targets.

The former big-leaguer Jack Clark made news in his first week as a radio host in St Louis by airing 10-year-old hearsay, accusing Albert Pujols, the former Cardinal great, of doping, and guessing with no evidence that Justin Verlander of Detroit Tigers has lost velocity on his fastball because he stopped using performance-enhancing drugs.

Some writers took the opportunity to "sympathise" with the Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis, noting that his pace to hit 55 home runs this season will attract sceptics from a now-suspicious public - thus disingenuously implicating him indirectly as a drug user, again with no evidence.

And Mark Cuban, the controversial owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, became the only human being on Earth outside New York to defend Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees' disgraced third baseman. On national television, Cuban criticised Bud Selig, the Major League Baseball commissioner, for suspending "A-Rod" a whopping 211 games. The back story is that Cuban was blocked by Selig from buying the Chicago Cubs, then the Texas Rangers, in recent years, and he despises the commissioner enough to disparage his every move.

Such a cathartic week. Does everyone feel better now?

 

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