When it comes down to it ML baseball is a child's game played by men in pajamas. There was a time when baseball was less of a business. In light of the recent baseball steroid report I thought back to the baseball heroes of my youth in the 1960s. For the most part they played their entire career for one team. They were not coddled millionaires. Few were felons (well, OK Denny McClain). They played for the love of the game, and they did not take steroids. As a young boy they were thrilling to me. If memory correctly serves me I was sitting in the stands when McCovey, Mays, and Cepeda hit back to back to back homeruns.
Times change. I heard a commentator on TV today state, "A ten percent increase in strength will result in a four percent increase in bat speed and the potential for a 50 percent increase in home runs". I don't know if those number are accurate, but few can doubt that bigger stronger players will be able to throw the ball faster and hit the ball farther. They will be able to recover faster and prolong their careers.
Bib Gibson played 17 seasons and won two Cy Young Awards. Roger Clemmons won seven Cy Young Awards and played 23 years in addition to his college baseball years. Comparing the two one might conclude that one is clearly better than the other, and that one deserves higher stature in the baseball hall of fame. From my halcyon perspective of the 1960s I admit a bias. I just hope that justice is served to those accused, and that those possibly unjustly accused are vindicated.
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