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Slammin Sammy Another Name On The List; But Could The Dialogue Change?

SammyIt is both completely expected and stunning that the New York Times report today regarding Sammy Sosa’s positive drug test is garnering so little attention. It’s expected because Sosa’s career progression and statistics smack of performance enhancing drugs; there’s such a dramatic spike in his power later in his career it almost moronic no one though to question Sosa at the time. Sosa’s halfhearted denials and severe drop in performance after baseball began drug testing only amplified the expectation that his superstar turn was aided by the juice.

However, it’s fascinating how jaded we baseball fans have become regarding our sports’ stars propensity to use steroids that someone with Sammy Sosa’s career stats testing positive measures a mere blip on our radar.  In fact, perhaps the most telling tidbit from Sammy Sosa’s career is this: he was the only player to hit at least 60 home runs in three separate seasons (1998, 1999, 2001). However, not once during any of those years did he lead his league in home runs.

Mark McGwire, who of course bested Sosa in home runs for two of those seasons, has had a miserable time in his bid for hall of fame enshrinement. As everyone knows, his career stats should have made him a shoo-in on the first ballot, but his suspected use of steroids has put his vote totals at minuscule levels – and that’s without a positive test on record.  Given that he’s the first superstar of the steroid era to be eligible for hall of fame induction, it makes sense the cranky BBWA would seek to vent their frustrations, and hold him up as a poster child for what happens to your hall  hopes when you take ‘roids.

But Sammy Sosa and Alex Rodriguez are just two of the 104 players who tested positive for steroids in 2003.  Given that they are two of the more successful players of their generation, it’s naive to think that among the other 102 there aren’t several players worthy of hall consideration. Add them to Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens and Ivan Rodriguez (all of whom may or may not be on that list), and you have to start wondering, are there going to be years with no one to induct?

I think we’re a long way away from how I’d like to see the “steroid era” perceived, which is just that, as an era, like the segregation of the game or the deadball era. Under this guise, the stats and accomplishments are judged by the circumstances in which they took place, and nothing else – no asterisks, no special wing, just an understanding that it was a different point in the game’s history. Nevertheless, perhaps Sammy Sosa’s positive test, and the comparativley ho-hum response it’s generating is an indication that all this PED fuss has ground us into a state of complacency. And maybe that’s a good thing.

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