Article: Talk to Contact, Ep 15: Getting Denarded with Seth Stohs
Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:53 AM
Posted 04 December 2012 - 04:50 AM
Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:53 PM
I also enjoyed your discussion of Hall of Fame balloting, though I take some issue with it. I just don't see the Barry Bonds/steroids issue as quite so clear cut (although ultimately, I might come down on the same side as you). On one side, you have the idea that the Hall of Fame is where you go to see the greatest of the great and so of course players like Bonds and McGwire should be there. On the other hand, there's the idea that the Hall of Fame is where you go to celebrate baseball, and you shouldn't have to stare at its blemishes and think about the cheaters and rule-breakers; it should be about a sentimental look at baseball in its purest form.
I read Eight Men Out earlier this year and was similarly torn over whether players like Shoeless Joe Jackson should be admitted. On the one hand, fixing games had a major hold on baseball at that time and I'm sure there's someone in the Hall who took some gambling money at some point. On the other, baseball fans across the nation felt so betrayed to learn the World Series had been fixed. I see steroids in a similar light.
I'll be surprised if Bonds makes the cut this year. In six ballots, McGwire's never received more than 23.7% of the vote--a far cry from the 75% needed to make it in.
A quote to leave you with:
The greatest hitter and pitcher of the past 50 years were cheaters and our all-time hits leader bet against his own team. Ladies and gentleman, America's pastime! Is it time to remake Field of Dreams and include a scene where Shoeless Joe sells $3,000 of HGH to Moonlight Graham? --Bill Simmons
Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:47 AM