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The Next Baseball Commissioner's Biggest Challenges

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 08.18.2014 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

Figuring out a way to replace that revenue and continue to adjust to the new media world, rather than determining ways to make the game more exciting or figure out the best post-season formula, will be the criteria by which the next commissioner will be judged.

Who Might Get into the Baseball Hall-Of-Fame Over the Next 4 Years?

John A. Tures | Posted 09.28.2014 | Sports
John A. Tures

What can the Major League Baseball Hall-of-Fame do for an encore of 2014? It needs to continue to honor those who played the game the right way, and still shun those who brought dishonor to the game of baseball.

Barry Bonds Back With the Giants

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.12.2014 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

When faced with a tough decision following MLB's celebration of the steroid-laden feats of Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire in 1998, Bonds made the wrong one. That reality cannot be ignored or changed, but it also should not be overstated. At a time when cheating was rampant and all but encouraged, Bonds cheated too.

Fat Elvis and the Hall of Fame

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 04.02.2014 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

Lance Berkman, known as among other things Fat Elvis, retired this week ending a 15 year career in which he was for many years one of the top hitters in baseball. Berkman is a strong candidate for most overlooked great player of his generation, but is also a symbol of the problems facing the Hall of Fame.

The Alex Rodriguez Suspension Is Bad for Other Players Too

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 03.19.2014 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

The latest Alex Rodriguez suspension is one of those events that at first glance appears to be poisonous, making everybody associated with it -- Rodgriguez, MLB and the New York Yankees -- look bad. That may be an accurate first take, but there are also clear winners and losers here.

How to Make A-Rod Sympathetic

Ron Kaplan | Posted 03.15.2014 | Sports
Ron Kaplan

Say what you will about Alex Rodriguez -- hate him for his arrogance, disdain him for his ego, be jealous of his salary, etc. -- shouldn't he nevertheless be accorded the same due process as anyone else?

A Step in the Right Direction for the Hall of Fame

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 03.10.2014 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

The voting for the Hall of Fame is still hamstrung by a flawed electoral system, a backlog of good candidates and myriad steroid related problems, but the election of these three candidates is possibly a step in the right direction.

Jack Morris, Mike Mussina and the Hall of Fame

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 02.02.2014 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

Because of the BBWAA's failure to vote many players into the Hall of Fame in recent years, including none last year, this year's Hall of Fame Ballot has well over ten candidates who have solid to excellent Hall of Fame credentials.

Jhonny Peralta and PED Inconsistency From Major League Baseball

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 01.30.2014 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

The St. Louis Cardinals, after winning the NL pennant, have been reasonably active in the post-season. Perhaps their highest profile move was signing shortstop Jhonny Peralta, formerly of the Detroit Tigers, to a four year $52 million dollar contract.

David Ortiz and the Hall of Fame

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

David Ortiz, like many of the great players of his generation, has been linked to steroid use. Had Ortiz not been so good with the media, and such a likable player, the Hall of Fame discussion, and the discussion of his recent World Series performance, would be very different right now.

Sport and Society for Arete: World Series Musings

Richard Crepeau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

It is time for the baseball officials, sportswriters, congressman, and self-appointed guardians of truth, justice, and the American way including baseball, to end the hypocrisy on PEDs and develop a rationale approach to the legitimate use of drugs in sports.

Are Fans Losing Interest in Steroids?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

One of the underreported stories of the post-season has been Jhonny Peralta's return to the Detroit Tigers lineup.

Baseball Is Boring

Andrew Nackerud | Posted 11.25.2013 | Sports
Andrew Nackerud

It's time to re-evaluate America's beloved sport and the way it's played. These players should not be punished; they should be applauded and revered for trying to make baseball watchable.

Baseball, Steroids and Cowardice

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 10.26.2013 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

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.

Alex Rodriguez And Yankees Drama Takes Another Turn Against Red Sox

Jordan Schultz | Posted 10.19.2013 | Sports
Jordan Schultz

On a 3-0 count with the bases empty Sunday night, Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster tagged Alex Rodriguez in the back. In that same at-bat, Dempster threw a ball behind him. His message -- whatever it may have been -- was sent. Not long after, with New York trailing 6-3, A-Rod made his own statement, blasting a near 450-foot home run to dead center field, as if to say, "How do you like these apples?"

Rams LB Suspended

AP | Posted 08.14.2013 | Sports

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams starting linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing d...

For Baseball, Questions Will Linger After Biogenesis Case Vanishes

Richard Crepeau | Posted 10.13.2013 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

The Biogenesis case raises many other questions concerning drug use in sports. We live in world in which science and technology have altered the definition of what is normal, and blurred categories of what is or is not possible. These questions are not going away after the Biogenesis case vanishes.

Banning Drugs in Sports Does Not Reduce Drug Use, Makes Things Unsafe for Players

Derek Rosenfeld | Posted 10.08.2013 | Sports
Derek Rosenfeld

The logic, if you can call it that, behind banning substances in professional sports is rooted in the same kind of intentions as our 40-plus year war on drugs.

Thanks A-Rod, Thanks for Nothing

Terry Lyons | Posted 10.07.2013 | Sports
Terry Lyons

Baseball's black eye from the steroid-era seems to have no ethnic nor socio-economic boundaries. Monday's suspensions were levied on minor leaguers, journeymen, role players, utility infielders, All-Stars and superstars.

It's Not Just About A-Rod -- It's the Failure of PED Testing in MLB

Stanley H. Teitelbaum | Posted 10.07.2013 | Sports
Stanley H. Teitelbaum

I do not believe that the use of PEDs among major leaguers is over. What is needed is a more effective drug testing program which eliminates the false negative issue, and more stringent penalties in order to make the risk/reward ratio less appealing.

Why Baseball Still Needs Steroids: A Sociological Perspective

Jill Weinberg | Posted 10.05.2013 | Sports
Jill Weinberg

I am not endorsing athletes to use PEDs. What I am advocating for is keeping the specter of steroids in the background. If we don't, we may forget about a period in baseball history where we must second-guess whether a player's impressive statistics were the result of hard work or pure athleticism.

After A-Rod Ban, Time to Talk More Seriously About Commissioner Selig's Own Tarnished Legacy

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 10.05.2013 | Sports
Jonathan Weiler

Now that Commissioner Selig has thrown the book at Alex Rodriguez, it is past time for sports media to stop giving a free pass to the man who is most responsible for having allowed the steroid problem to fester for as long as it did -- the commissioner himself.

A Lifetime Ban for A-Rod Would Be Bad for Baseball

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 10.04.2013 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

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.

Faith in Baseball? Tougher With A-Rod and PEDs

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

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.

Drugs in Baseball: It's All About the Numbers

Rick Horowitz | Posted 09.26.2013 | Sports
Rick Horowitz

"Performance-enhancing" or "History-erasing"? ...