According to the authoritative Jewish Baseball News, the 15 Jewish players on major league rosters batted .254 during the regular season that just ended.
One of American Jews' great traditions -- not found in the Bible or any other sacred book -- is fretting over whether Jewish Major Leaguers will play on the high holidays, particularly Yom Kippur, the most sacred day in the Jewish calendar.
The PED issue, which has now dogged baseball for well over a decade, has been exacerbated by an appalling lack of courage on the part of nearly everybody involved. Cowardly denials, insincere apologies, failing to take responsibility and efforts to scapegoat individuals.
I'll leave it to the pundits to sort out, but there's definitely something wrong when the defense of the integrity of the game played and cherished by millions for over a century comes down to one man and his personal opinions on an individual player.
Although A-Rod faces the loss of enormous amounts of money, whatever is left of his reputation and his livelihood, this story is only somewhat about him. It is also a reminder of what a complete, and neverending mess MLB, led Bud Selig, has made of the steroids issue.
When it comes to sports in the States, America's "National Pastime" is still considered to be baseball. While American football may have surpassed it ...
My faith in baseball is rocked. My trust and confidence in the humans who play this game -- and make millions of dollars for hitting, catching, throwing and pitching a baseball -- has lessened.
What do baseball player Ryan Braun and rock singer Scott Weiland have in common? Answer: They are both entertainers who have lost their jobs at one time or another due to drug allegations!
"Performance-enhancing" or "History-erasing"? ...
As Alex Rodriguez's return to the Yankees continues to be delayed the question of whether the aging superstar will ever play again has begun to loom. There are other questions surrounding Rodriguez as well.
Every time I hear news about the steroid scandal's impact on the game of Major League Baseball I cringe. I don't know why, but even after all of the revelations I still find it shocking.
Psychologically, MLB is banking on the public applauding the penalties and expecting that they will reward the game with an increase in attendance. But, at this point do the fans really care?
For those of us who are fans of Ryan Braun, we hope that this will not define him. But if he is not honest with the world about what he did and why, and, most importantly, honest with himself, then his legacy is already set.
This continues the pattern of shattering public trust in the credibility of athletes. Young people look to them as role models and they have been exposed as liars.
Though Braun was able to bluff his way past MLB officials for the better part of two years, they clearly suspected something was up. Sometimes those suspicions are intuitive; sometimes they come from a trained eye.
Whether it's a baseball MVP or one of us mere spectators, deceit and punishment must go hand-in-hand. After all, trust is at stake.