Albert Pujols and the State of Baseball

My Hardball Times column usually runs on Friday, but this one was delayed because of a glut of articles we had. It’s not so much analysis-based, though it does include a little number crunching. The basic point is that the Albert Pujols injury is good for baseball. If he was chasing Bonds’ home run record, we would have been distracted from the still-serious steroid (and other PED) problem in baseball, which most fans want to be. But in reality, if people are serious about cleaning up the sport, we can’t just close are eyes and ignore the still-prevalent problems. Pujols’ injury means we won’t be able to do that, and that’s a good thing. Enjoy the article!


3 Responses to Albert Pujols and the State of Baseball

  1. I don’t mean to be rude, but there’s a pretty glaring error in the update to your article. You say Mihlfeld was named as “someone who told Grimsley where the pitcher could obtain HGH”, which is not accurate. Grimsley only asked Mihlfeld where he could get amphetamines, and the source he was given wound up being his source for HGH. Even if Mihlfeld is the guy named in the affidavit, which he disputes, there’s no evidence that he even knew this source also had HGH.

  2. Braden says:

    Perhaps fans don’t really care about cleaning up the game and would prefer token actions (such as those done in the NFL) so they can pretend to care and not talk about the situation.

  3. derek says:

    hey albert this is derek flaugher i’m one of your fans but i was thinking how you always hit all thos homeruns everytime is it the lemonade! well got to go and hit some balls with my friend sean in my backyard write back as soon as you can.
    Your friend
    Derek Flaugher!¡¡!

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