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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Druggies Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte to honor Derek Jeter in Houston. Is that the right way?

Derek Jeter did it the right way.  That's what you constantly hear.  If you're one of the people who say that to distinguish Jeter from players like teammate Alex Rodriguez (suspended this entire season for using performance enhancing drugs (PED)), what's right about having users of PED as honored quests to honor Jeter?  One of the basic things implied by the phrase "the right way" is that Jeter did not use PED as did both former teammates Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte who are scheduled to participate in ceremonies before tonight's Yankee-Astros game in Houston.  Will recently returned executive Nolan Ryan also join those two druggies to make it a threesome?  By far my most viewed post:

Nolan Ryan: more on possible steroid use.  Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Roger Clemens has been indicted and arraigned for lieing under oath about using steroids or human growth hormones. His role model was Nolan Ryan.
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Roger Clemens June 27, 2007
by User Keith Allison on Flickr
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Other Jeter teammates implicated in PED use include Jason Giambi and Gary Sheffield.

Am I suggesting that Jeter used PED?  No.  I am stating that Jeter played with many who did use PED.  That doesn't particularly bother me but it should bother those who make a big deal about PED.

And remember Jeter is one of those star players assumed to have not used PED who remained silent for many years, pretty much all of Jeter's career.  Also silent were those recently elected to the Hall of Fame, including  two pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and managers Tony LaRussa and Jeter's Yankee manager from 1996 through 2007, Joe Torre.  Torre managed all the Yankees mentioned above as drug users.

Tony LaRussa managed Mark McGwire (twice). So why is LaRussa a Hall of Famer but not McGwire?  Thursday, January 9, 2014

Tony LaRussa managed Mark McGwire in both Oakland and St. Louis...

LaRussa's career as manager was enhanced by drugs, those used by his players.  How come LaRussa is not held accountable by the baseball writers who vote for the Hall of Fame?
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Crime and punishment.  Friday, March 28, 2014

Alex Rodriguez and Ian Kennedy ... were punished by the Major Baseball League (MBL)...

Punishment:
Rodriguez: suspended one season (2014); currently serving.
Kennedy: suspended 10 games,one start.

It seems absurd.
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Also absurd are both the farewell tour and its inclusion of PED users.  Jeter should dump both.

Kill the farewell tour, a combination one man old timers day and shotgun wedding.  Monday, February 17, 2014

No doubt when he is retired Derek Jeter will be invited to the Yankee old timers day.  That's enough for me.  Another farewell tour similar to Mariano Rivera's would be absurd in the extreme

Forget it.  Kill the tour, not just for yourself but for all time.
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