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Saturday, August 13, 2005

I Hate the Phillies

The Double Standard

Normally, ESPN is terrible, but I found Jayson Stark's article, The Double Standard, rather interesting. It's a question that has probably crossed the minds of most baseball fans, but this is the first I've seen anyone write about it. Why don't we care when pitchers cheat, but are incensed when hitters do? Stark claims that it's due to worshipping the home run. I don't have a better answer, so I guess I'll work on that assumption. The other original point Stark made was that while people talk of placing asterisks on individual records, not one person ever suggests doing the same to wins and losses. After all, Barry Bonds was a major reason for the Giants making the World Series. Perhaps they should take down their NL Champions banner.

Then again, I don't think steroids have anywhere near the effect people claim they have on performance, so I don't particularly care. I just thought Stark's point of view was interesting.

Link Added

Noticed another regularly updated Padre blog: Josh's Baseball Blog.

3 Comments:

Blogger Lance Richardson said...

I stop by Josh's Baseball Blog a couple times a week. He doesn't post much, but his love of our Pads is endearing. Go Josh, you scrappy little blogger!!!

Richard, you MUST add http://firejoemorgan.blogspot.com/
to the links. Totally sabermetrically oriented and totally hilarious.

5:21 PM, August 15, 2005  
Blogger Richard B. Wade said...

I'd explain that you could do it yourself (I'm pretty sure you have the power), but it's a little more difficult than activating a blogger account.

10:38 PM, August 15, 2005  
Blogger Lance Richardson said...

You bastard.

2:47 PM, August 16, 2005  

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