Sam Borden writes that Mark Teixeira is the polar opposite of Jason Giambi.
I haven’t posted anything about Sergio Mitre being suspended for 50 games for PED use. There has been other stuff going on and Mitre is a rehab case signed to a minor-league deal.
But Jason from It Is About The Money Stupid broke the whole thing down in his blog and has quotes from the key players.
If you’re interested in the drug-testing system, it’s a good read.
There was a time I passionately defended the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and how we go about choosing award winners and members of the Hall of Fame. Then you read stories like this and you realize it’s a waste of time.
This guy voted for Matt Williams for the Hall of Fame and not Rickey Henderson. He voted for Tommy John and not Rickey Henderson. Oh, and he didn’t vote for Mark McGwire because of the steroids issue. Never mind that Williams was in the Mitchell Report.
This comes on the heels of three (three!) people voting for Edinson Volquez for National League rookie of the year despite his not being a rookie. That is the stupidity equivalent of trying to vote for George Bush again in November.
It’s time the whole thing got blown up. People join the BBWAA because that’s the easiest way to get a credential to cover games. That shouldn’t make them eligible to vote for awards or the Hall of Fame. Let MLB issue credentials and have the BBWAA be an organization of people who actually know and care about baseball.