Aaron wants past steroid users exposed, banned from Hall

Henry Aaron, here with Chipper Jones, wants all of baseball's past steroid users exposed. (AJC photo)

Henry Aaron, here with Chipper Jones, says there's no room in Cooperstown for cheaters.

The only man recognized as baseball’s true home run king — without the benefit of a laboratory detour — is finally speaking out. No more hanging back by Henry Aaron. No more letting others do the talking.

“My feeling has always been the same – the game of baseball has no place for cheaters,” Aaron said Sunday morning. “There’s no place in the Hall of Fame for people who cheat.”

He was speaking by phone from Cooperstown, where he was attending the Hall of Fame induction of Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice. Aaron has been to several of these ceremonies. But he probably hasn’t created this kind of news since his own enshrinement 27 years ago.

It started Saturday when he told a small group of reporters that he would be in favor of players from the steroid era going into the Hall with asterisks by their name, indicating their statistics might have been artificially enhanced. One excerpt: “Somewhere on the plaque or behind his name, say, ‘Hey, 73 home runs, da da da da, he was accused of …”

It was by far the strongest comments from Aaron I could remember. But those words were tame compared to what he said early Sunday morning when I phoned him. Aaron said his comments about asterisks pertained only to players suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs. But what of players who actually are proven to have taken drugs?

“That’s a different story,” he said. “If it’s proven that you took any kind of drug or substance, then you shouldn’t be there [in the Hall]. Like I said, the game has no place for cheaters.”

And then this: Aaron wants the list of 104 players who tested positive in baseball’s confidential drug tests in 2003 exposed. So far, two names have leaked out in media reports: Sammy Sosa and Alex Rodriguez.

“If there’s another 102 players on the list, that would be my position – bring it all to light now and get it over with,” he said. “The game has come through things before. It needs to come through this. If there are a hundred and some names on the list, let’s just get them out and get this over with so we can get on with the game.”

For closure?

“That’s it,” he said. “We need to bring closure to this.”

Aaron is right. It’s understandable that many have grown weary of steroids stories. But baseball never truly can move on until we understand the extent of what happened in the past.

That said, Aaron’s candidness seemed stunning. He largely had maintained a low profile on the subject, particularly during Barry Bonds’ chase of his career home run record. When I mentioned that to him, he laughed.

“Well, I’ve always felt this way,” he said. “There was just so much being said about it, I figured I would just kind of step back and listen. I didn’t want to open up any more doors that hadn’t already been opened. But when somebody asked me a question [Saturday] about, ‘Well, how do we handle this if a player from the steroid era is voted in,’ I just answered it. But I haven’t been losing any sleep at night.”

Asterisks won’t be necessary if suspected cheaters aren’t voted in. Hall of Fame voters have made their feelings clear on Mark McGwire. He has been on the ballot for three years and hasn’t received more than 23 percent of the vote (75 is needed).

Aaron hit 755 home runs. He did it the right way. He knows the difference between real and fantasy.

The 1998 battle between McGwire (70 homers) and Sosa (66)? Pure fantasy.

Bonds’ 73 homers in 2001 – and the 51.6 he averaged for five seasons between the ages of 36 and 40? Please.

But Aaron knows baseball can’t just whitewash statistics. It’s not feasible.

“There’s no way to just erase 73 home runs,” he said. “But I know some of those numbers being put up were impossible. The best thing is to just say, ‘They played in this era.’”

We’ve always known the truth. But it means more coming from Aaron.

97 comments Add your comment

NCBravesFan

July 26th, 2009
11:49 am

Good for him for saying it! After all he went through in breaking the record, it seems to me he has a right to speak his mind candidly.

And I couldn’t agree with him more.

BugKiller

July 26th, 2009
11:55 am

Remember, Jeff, how you went after Roger Goodell for “enjoying” dropping the hammer on wayward players and such what others see as his attempt to protect his league?

I know it’s beating a dead horse, but you really need to turn your eye to the worst commissioner in the history of professional sport not named Gary Bettman and excoriate him for his silence and refusal to do anything to separate the records of these cheaters like Bonds, AFraud, Sosa, and McGwire from the guys like Aaron and Maris.

Someone needs to ask Bud Selig every time there’s a microphone in front of his weasely face why he hasn’t delcared Hank Aaron and Roger Maris the TRUE Home Run Kings. You know, for the good of the game. He has the ability to do this. Not strike all of those inflated numbers, but push them off to the side. Create a separate place for them.

Selig must be made to feel pressure and ridicule for his failure to restore Maris and Bonds to their rightful place.

It has to start somewhere, Jeff. Why not with you?

BugKiller

July 26th, 2009
11:56 am

Of course, that should read Maris and AARON to their rightful place.

NOT Bonds.

That’s what happens when your fingers get ahead of your brain a bit.

Joey

July 26th, 2009
11:57 am

Amen. Hank just hit another one out of the park.

Telly

July 26th, 2009
12:05 pm

Even as a grown man now who was only days old when 715 was hit, I am in AWE of this man.

Bless You, Henry Aaron. You ARE why we love sports.

Burn in Hell, Michael Vick & Barry Bonds and all who “Support” You.

Reid Adair

July 26th, 2009
12:11 pm

Thanks for the post, Jeff. I am glad to see Hank Aaron speaking his mind on the issue now. He showed a lot of class when Barry Bonds hit 73 in a single season and eventually broke Aaron’s record. He didn’t detract from Bonds’ attention.

But now, as time has passed, he is speaking his mind – and he is 100 percent correct.

Veteran fan

July 26th, 2009
12:25 pm

Aaron is the classiest act ever in MLB. He was and is my hero. Thank you, Hank for what you stand for and for your quiet and emphatic leadership!

poopdawg

July 26th, 2009
12:35 pm

Maybe the asterisk after Barry Bond’s name would say “suspected of steroid use , but hit 762 homeruns against steriod using picthers.” How many homeruns did Aaron hit against pitchers on steroids? Steroids are bad , and baseball should have tested for use but did’nt. I don’t feel sorry for the players because the player’s union fought against testing. But for Aaron to call them cheaters, its not cheating unless it’s against the rules, and it wasn’t against the rules at that time by the fact that baseball choose not to test for it.

Reid Adair

July 26th, 2009
12:46 pm

“poopdawg,” a little research on your part would let you know that the use of steroids without a prescription is ILLEGAL in this country. It doesn’t matter if it was “against the rules” in baseball. It was ILLEGAL.

Drew

July 26th, 2009
1:07 pm

Reid Adair, you are indeed correct to point out that it doesn’t matter if steroids were against the rules or not because they were illegal in America; however, what do you make of poopdawg’s other point that Bonds was suspected of steroid use, but many of his home runs came against potentially juicing pitchers? The simple fact of the matter is that we have no way of knowing who used and who didn’t, so arbitrarily throwing out player’s stats makes little to no sense. It’s a sad era for baseball, but there have been plenty of other sad eras in its past. I don’t see too many people arguing that we should throw out Babe Ruth’s stats because baseball was a racist institution and didn’t allow minorities to play.

Tim Brown

July 26th, 2009
1:09 pm

Cheating is when you gain an UNFAIR advantage. Pure talent is not unfair but chemically altering your body is an unfair advantage. This is the very essence of cheating.

poopdawg

July 26th, 2009
1:12 pm

Reid Adair , i believe marijuana is illegal also , so the players that might of , or suspected of, smoking weed need their on special asterisk. If baseball is such a gentleman’s sport , then get rid of the umpires. That would be crazy! Steroids is baseball’s black eye but to label the players using them cheaters is also crazy! Players used them to recover from injuries quicker not to hit homeruns, and were assisted by trainers employed by the major league teams.

bali smith

July 26th, 2009
1:23 pm

thanks Hank, nice work Jeff

brickman

July 26th, 2009
1:25 pm

steroids doesn’t improve hand/eye cordination.these guys can still hit even though they were on the juice.

Richard

July 26th, 2009
1:28 pm

So let me get this straight: Aaron says 755 is clean but 762 is impossible?

Schultz, next time you interview Aaron, could you ask him if he thinks people who used amphetamines, like greenies or coke, should get an asterisk? Thanks.

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 26th, 2009
1:32 pm

“If there’s another 102 players on the list, that would be my position – bring it all to light now and get it over with,”

Should have been done a long time ago.

Leon A. Daniels

July 26th, 2009
1:42 pm

With all the greater issues we have in our society, I could care less who hit how many home runs. I hear a lot of bitter people single out just those that they despise. People of all walks of life cheat ie. politicians, the banking industry, the housing industry, some of you on your taxes, exams, and your wives. Thousands cxan’t feed their families. We kill animals for shoes, hand bags, rugs, and to put trophies on our walls. What do you think happens to all the horses that dont win races? We don’t even know what really happend with the world trade center, while thousands of men and women of all races are dying everyday. You guys are worried about a home run. Give me a break!!!

Jeff Schultz

July 26th, 2009
1:53 pm

Bugkiller – I’ve certainly banged on Selig a lot through the years. I do think he’s trying to do the right thing now, but you’re right – that’s no excuse for him, owners and all for turning a blind eye for years. … And a fine point on Maris.

Reid – Thanks. And yes, that steroid “legality” thing seems to be lost on a lot of people. Whether the sport tested or not has nothing to do with it.

Poopdawg – How many more home runs is marijuana going to make you hit? A guy gets high, he’ll probably want to EAT the bat, not SWING it.

Bali – Thanx.

Richard – It’s not the 762. Check out Bonds’ HR spike after the McGwire-Sosa race inn 1998. That’s when Barry got jealous and started juicing. It’s all documented in Game of Shadows. That’s how BB got to 762.

Paul Lee

July 26th, 2009
2:06 pm

Funny how Hank refuses, always refuses to throw Barry Bonds under the bus.

Brave1

July 26th, 2009
2:23 pm

Hank Aaron, even as homerun king, is still one of the most under rated players in baseball. People think of Aaron as just a home run hitter. A few stats for your consideration.

* RBI’S – 1st all time.
* Home Runs – 2nd all time (If you count Bonds).
* Total Bases – 1st all time.
* Extra Base Hits – 1st all time.
* Intentional Walks – 1st all time
* Runs scored – 4th all time.
* 3 Time Gold Glove Winner

I’m 50 years old. Hank Aaron was my favorite player growing up. And remains my favorite player to date.

Sidslid

July 26th, 2009
2:39 pm

Not so fast. When Atlanta Fulton County Stadium opened they had 12 foot walls and 380 power alleys. When it became apparent that Henry had no chance, they put in the infamous chicken wire fence at about seven feet high with about ten feet of clearance to the wall. Somewhat ironic that the ball that House caught would have been a fly to left in ‘66. Although Yankee Stadium had the short porch in right, Ruth hit over half his homers on the road in 1927.

The point here is you can’t compare era to era in anything so just let the records fall where they may. Hall of Fame voting is essentially based on a player’s record vs. his peer group to attempt to mitigate the differences in eras. For that reason, Bonds should probably go in anyway, but it is fairly obvious that McGwire (known as Marco Solo in his A’s days), Palmeiro, and Sosa were total products of the steroids era.

All I'm Saying Is...

July 26th, 2009
2:40 pm

Paul Lee: If Hank threw Barry under the bus with any of his comments, then he would be accused of being a jealous and vindictive old man angry that his record was broken. And as we all know Hank is way too classy for that — perfect example is the video tribute he did for BB that played after he passed 755 despite what Aaron believes.

Hank’s the best, period, end of subject.

lifetime_brave_fan

July 26th, 2009
2:41 pm

Babe Ruth didn’t have the benefit of trainers, nutritionists, physical therapists, rehab therapies. Just think how many more home runs he would have hit if he had. Should we put an asterisk next to all the players from the 1950’s and forward who have had access to all this new science?

Every player is a produce of their era. I don’t favor steroids, but baseball had no rules against or even addressing steroids, so how can baseball retroactively penalize a player who didn’t violate the rules of baseball? Indeed, baseball enjoyed lots of money thanks to McGwire, Bonds, Sosa, etc.

Like Hank said, those guys are just the product of that particular era, just like Hank had access to science therapies and rehab and, yes, drugs, that Babe Ruth did not have access to. Should Hank have an asterisk explaining his “era?”

Baseball finally started testing and punishing the steroid freaks. Those who were using steroids when baseball tolerated and encouraged it shouldn’t be retroactively penalized. Time to move on, people.

The Grinch

July 26th, 2009
3:10 pm

Baseball players didn’t just start using drugs in the 90’s; that’s been going on forever. I just don’t want Bonds in because he’s a d-bag.

Drew

July 26th, 2009
3:31 pm

Jeff,

You asked “How many more home runs is marijuana going to make you hit? A guy gets high, he’ll probably want to EAT the bat, not SWING it.” What about a guy like Darryl Kile? He used to get high before pitching to calm his nerves. Better yet, what about Dock Ellis? He famously threw a no-hitter while high on LSD. Or what about the entire era of “greenies,” or amphetamines? Baseball has been dirty in some shape or form since it began. You writers need to get off your high horse and just accept the fact that you were equally complicit in the steroid era as the owners, players, fans and commissioners office.

Bubba

July 26th, 2009
3:34 pm

It would kind of be a shame, from a sportswriter’s standpoint, to go ahead and call the names of the 102 others. Speculation is such an integral part of sports, after all.

What I find hard to fathom is Selig’s apparent belief that baseball cannot withstand the scrutiny of coming clean, talking about it and moving on. I think Selig worked out a deal with Fehr in the heat of all this, to say, “Look, you get the players on board to start testing moving forward. In return, the owners won’t come down on the ‘cheaters.’ We were enablers, after all.” And then when the testing got put in place, and a couple of people were caught and suspended, and the future of baseball was viewed through a more “steady” view as things calmed down, then they start naming the 102.

Whatever. Baseball’s stronger than what Selig thinks it is. As a former car dealership owner, he’s good with schmooze. As a commissioner, he needs to focus more on the strength of his product.

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 26th, 2009
3:43 pm

Babe Ruth and Henry Aaron would have hit a lot of home runs no matter what era they played in. They played when they played and their numbers are what they are. That’s what makes baseball great; the arguments can never really be settled about who would have been better if they’d played at the same time.

I remember in Leo Durocher’s book that he had one pitcher that he had to give a drink to before he brought him in to pitch (can’t remember his name) or he’d be so nervous he couldn’t get anybody out. Nothing ever really changes. But those who get caught have to pay the price, just like in the real world. (Unless of course they’re politicians, then they usually get away with it.)

Whopper Dawg

July 26th, 2009
3:59 pm

Agree with Mr. Aaron 100%.

Jeff

July 26th, 2009
4:13 pm

poopdawg: Barry Bonds is not “suspected of steroid use”. He has ADMITTED to using ‘the cream’ and ‘the clear’. He only claims that he did not KNOWINGLY use steroids, which is the distinction he used to peddle his hilariously inept ‘flaxseed oil’ explanation.

Secondly, the “it wasn’t against the rules at the time” excuse is asinine. It was AGAINST THE LAW. That AUTOMATICALLY makes it “against the rules”. Baseball also doesn’t have a rule that bans breaking into another person’s home at night with the intent to commit a felony therein. You know why? Because it’s called Burglary, and if you do it, you are breaking the law.

Third, I don’t know what percentage of pitchers were/are juicing. However, I do know that the vast majority of players that have been pegged as steroid users are position players.

Ashley

July 26th, 2009
4:17 pm

Well, I TOTALLY misread your headline at first glance. I thought it read” Aaron wants past steroid users exposed, BANNED TO HELL.”

Ken Stallings

July 26th, 2009
4:37 pm

Thank you, Jeff Schultz for having the courage to write this column!

Henry Aaron is the most influential player today in baseball history, with the recent passing of previous greats. What he has to say on this issue bears considerable influence. So, I am very happy you persued this story and reported on it.

Because I’ve long suspected this is what Aaron really thought about the steroids cheaters. I am glad he finally chose to share it so frankly.

The full list of 104 players should be released and frankly to hell with what the players’ union says. On no other issue has the players’ union so miserably failed to put the game first. But also in this effort they have undercut the honest players who deserve to have their accomplishments honored and the guilt by association removed.

And once again, Jeff, let’s have the AJC sports reporters re-energize the discussion about getting Dale Murphy into the Hall of Fame. When he retired, he was widely talked about openly as being a future Hall of Famer. Only the inflation of offensive statistics kept that from happening.

I repeat again, from 1981 to 1990, no other player in Major League Baseball hit more home runs and RBI’s than Dale Murphy. Combined with 5 Gold Gloves, 7 All Star appearances, Back-to-back MVP’s, and third ever to hit 30 HR, steal 30 bases, and hit over .300 in the same season, the man’s statistical achievements in his era make selection earned and obvious.

Chauncery Peirpoint O'Brien, Sportswriter

July 26th, 2009
5:36 pm

I used to work in the field, Jeff. I got downsized. Now, I go from site to site reading good stuff from my old contemporaries. Your stuff is amazing. You actually talked with Hank Aaron? Amazing! My last interview was with Dan Kolb. That was not so amazing.

Here’s how I feel about juicing . . . a guy who wrote for the Post started with the growth hormone when the cutbacks started, felt he needed an edge. They moved him to a blog and required three new posts a day, Monday-Friday. He turned pretty quickly. We buried him last week. I tried for the replacement assignment but they outsourced it to India – some guy named Shalimar Patel O’Brien (no relation).

Well, back to baseball. Hank Aaron is right.

Bill

July 26th, 2009
5:53 pm

The media is not blameless in this mess.They could have exposed it long before and probably changed things.They knew about the whispers in the clubhouse.They saw bodies magically change of just a coupe of months.

How about ban all media from the media section of the Hall of Fame for not doing their job and bringing this to light this problem.All media from this era should be considered for the ban.

Now I know the media votes who gets in.So my idea will happen about the time Congress votes themselves a pay cut.

JuicedUp!

July 26th, 2009
6:09 pm

Barry Bonds and A-Rod have powerful attorneys and will not permit baseball to keep them out of the hall of fame. They’ll sue for millions if that happens! They can buy their way in if needed.

clyde

July 26th, 2009
6:13 pm

Hank Aaron was a gentleman ball player.He never should have had to congratulate the likes of the steroid using Bonds.

Island Dawg

July 26th, 2009
6:26 pm

Aaron, Chipper and Dale are the best offensive Braves ever and all deserve a place in the HOF. However, steroids don’t magically grant supernatural powers to hit 95 mph fastballs. Did these guys cheat? yes. Even if I filled my body with HGH and test there is no way I could touch a Rivera or Soriano fastball. There is talent and the right ways to enrich it. They did not. If anyone has questions I have an 87 Topps Traded Bonds card I’d be glad to sell you. The resemblance to the guy now is marginal at best.

Paddy

July 26th, 2009
6:28 pm

POOPDOG…YOU MAY WANT TO RETHINK WHAT YOU SAID; Players only used steriods to recover from injury not hit homeruns. Where have you been, in jail? The steriod era made millions and millions of dollars for those that used. Many past their prime. Unbelievable statement on your part. No one who has investigated this subject has come to the conclusion that you have.

Island Dawg

July 26th, 2009
6:31 pm

Correction: 86 Topps Traded and I did not mean my beloved Braves touched that crap. Chipper is and shall remain my favorite ATL Brave ever.

Headlines

July 26th, 2009
7:10 pm

Just a sad old man with sour grapes. Hey Hank, go back in the closet where you belong. You are not number one any more but if you are starting to smell like number two.

Mr. A

July 26th, 2009
7:51 pm

While I agree with Hank Aaron on banning cheaters , we need to ban ALL cheaters in all eras. And as far as Hank……. I met him one time on a road trip during a playoff game in the 90’s. My children very politely ask him for a auotgraph while he was satnding alone in the hotel lobby. I make them ask nicely and he never would even look their way. My children thought he did not hear them so they again very politely ask him again. Again no response!!! About a minute later a few kids walked up and asked him and he gave them a autograph and ignored my kids.
My children learned a very important lesson that day about racism and how it effects so many people. They wouldn’t take a auotgraph from Hank if he handed them one. They have never forgot that. So I called them a little while ago and ask them to read this on AJC and they both just laughed!!

poopdawg

July 26th, 2009
7:56 pm

paddy we could pump your a$$ with steroids for 3 yrs and you still couldn’t hit it out of the infield . Believe it !

Savannah Dawg

July 26th, 2009
8:14 pm

Sorry Hammer, but your still trying to be politically correct. I wish you and other greats of the game would call out the Barry’s and Sammy’s of baseball. You did what you did thru your talent and gifts. Barry, Sammy and others decided to drug up and keep denying it. It’s time for our legends to call out the “cheaters”. Who’s feelings are you worried about? You don’t owe them anything. We and they owe you! Barry and others insult you everytime they make another denial. Where is their respect for you? Cause I don’t see it.

Keith Helms

July 26th, 2009
8:58 pm

Aaron is exactly right. The users should be banned from baseball just like Rose and Joe Johnson were for gambling on the game with Barry BONDS BEING THE FIRST ONE PUT OUT THE DOOR.

junebaby

July 26th, 2009
9:14 pm

the only person on this posting i agree with is bill@5:53 pm.the writers knew what was going on and said, and did nothing. there were reports about the old oakland a’s players and others, using peds as early as the mid-80’s. and if i heard of those reports, i’m sure the writers had even more knowledge about it. they were complicit in the cover-up, so they should be banned from the hof, or enter the hall with an *. for the rest of you, it only seems as though barry bonds and sammy sosa are the only people to use steroids(those seem to be the only names people are listing), and none of the lighter-skinned players. it seems to be 75%-25% lighter skinned people taking performance enhancers(from the new accounts that i read)!!!! hmmh! i wonder why there are no comments about this percentage? i guess no one wants to open up another can of worms. these are also the players who benefit most from black americans forsaking the game,as between them, black and latin players playing so well during the late 70’s and 80’s, jobs were getting kind of scarce. so, who wants a bunch of talented blacks re-embracing the game of baseball? certainly not the players who could stand to lose their gravytrain!!!! AGAIN AS I GLANCE THROUGH THE POSTINGS; ALMOST EVERY POLLSTER IS ONLY MENTIONING BARRY BONDS; AND NOT BIG MC OR THE ROCKET!!!!

Mr. A

July 26th, 2009
9:44 pm

june baby……… this is the response that you deserve from your post

Bye!

boots

July 26th, 2009
9:47 pm

Barry Bonds sucks. So does Sosa, McGuire and Clemens. They are all a stain on baseball and should NEVER see the Hall of Fame. It would disgrace the players who earned it with their play and make a joke of the hall. Let’s hope the writers do the right thing. Baseball SHOULD do the right thing and ban them like was done to Rose, but they won’t. Playing by the rules matters.

junebaby

July 26th, 2009
10:05 pm

MR.A…, why not discuss the points i raised? i’m sure if i was bashing barry bonds or sammy sosa, you wouldn’t hesitate to leap right in! the rocket, big mc, andy pettit, jason giambi(and his brother), brady anderson, brett boone, ken caminini, jim edmonds, lenny dykstra, etc, etc. there, i even gave you some names to start with

Michael

July 26th, 2009
10:06 pm

Richard, as Jeff kinda pointed out to you, it’s not the overall 762. It’s the fact that Bonds’ numbers peaked when he was 37 years old! He hit 73 homers at age 37. He hit 49 at age 36. Go look back at his stats and look at the big power spike he had starting in 2000. A consistent 35-40 home run hitter all of sudden is hitting 49, 73, 46, 45, 45 — way past his prime. Go find another power hitter who had such a spike at that age. Hank Aaron had his best season when he was 37 (47 homers) then dropped off as he neared age 40.

Tbones

July 26th, 2009
10:16 pm

Here’s my feeling. MLB and the writers are a bunch of hypocrites!! First, when baseball was extremely suffering after the 1994 strike, McGwire and Sosa along with a lot of others help save MLB. The HR’s were flying out left and right because fans love the long ball. We saw their bodies changing, but the owners and writers all turned a blind eye to the situation, because these steriod guys was saving the sport that they love so much. Fast-forward to now when MLB is doing well, the very same guys that saved the beloved MLB are now being vilified. It can’t be both ways. Second, you cannot do anything about the past. You have tougher measures in place going forward. Continue to crack down on performance enhancing drug use and let the past be the past. Third, It’s impossible to use specualtion to determine who should or should not be in the Basebal HOF. I believe Barry Bonds and Roger Clemons were HOfers before their alleged use. How much did the PED help Palmeiro or Sosa? We really don’t know. McGwire hit 49 homers in his rookie season. Do we really know how much PED helped him in his career. We have specualtions, but their numbers are facts. They should get voted in based on their numbers, however, you can place a note, not an *, but a note for each situation under their plaque.

Jeff Schultz

July 26th, 2009
10:22 pm

Paul Lee – Oh, I think by the reference to 73 home runs, he pretty much did this.

Brave1 – Well said.

Drew – To use your logic, then we should ban coffee because it wakes up players. I think it’s safe to assume that coffee and pot are not the problem in baseball. Coffee and pot don’t lead to ridiculous statistics.

Ken Stallings – Thanks.

Chauncey – Thanks.

Bill – I media takes a hit too, and should to some degree. But there’s only so much that can be said/written without proof and getting someone to talk. Should media have pushed more for answers? Absolutely. But it’s not like any media outlets were sitting on evidence and not reporting on it. Media doesn’t sit on huge stories like that. At least, I don’t and nobody I know does.