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Monday · November 17 2003

Alex Rodriguez won the AL Most Valuable Player award today. His team, the Texas Rangers, ended the season 20 games below .500, yet he has been deemed to be more valuable to his team than any other player is to theirs. If A-Rod was not on the Rangers, would they be 30 games below .500? Is that considered valuable? If I were the best programmer for a development team that was hemorraging cash and filled with incompetence, I would be the most valuable, but I wouldn't want an award for it. A-Rod chose to take the big dollars and go play for a crap franchise. He is an outstanding talent and probably the best all around player in baseball. But MVP doesn't stand for Best Statistical Output.
The head of the World Anti-Doping Agency called baseball's policy on steroids a "complete joke." The punishment schedule that MLB will enact next year is light compared to Olympic standards. In a recent round of testing, 5 to 7 percent of MLB players tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. A bit of quick math tells me that's 2 full teams of players failing to pass. That's significant to me, no matter what the MLB Player's Union says.

Forget the fines and suspensions; print the names. If you thought Sosa heard an earful for his corked bat, wait until we see names in the papers. For whatever reasons, fans are much less forgiving of cheating in baseball than in other sports. The records and traditions are more sacred than football or basketball. Being branded a cheater in baseball will be a bigger deterrent to continued use than any other punishment.

What you had to say:
November 17 2003

A-Rod MVP -- Can anyone say Andre Dawson?

November 17 2003

Exactly. Pleasing to the home town, but still a crock of shit.

November 18 2003

I 100% agree.

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