From Robin To Rickie

March 7, 2006

Tuesday Thoughts

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Schmid @ 7:59 pm

Just a few thoughts today:

  • How great can J.J. Hardy be? Can we even imagine that he might be as good as Robin Yount, or is that too preliminary right now? Today, for example, Hardy went 3-4, double, homerun, and 2 rbi. While other teams would have sent J.J. back down to the minors last year, Melvin and Yost stuck with him and it seems to be paying off. Barring injury, there’s no reason Hardy shouldn’t play 150 games at short this season.
  • In the March 13th issue of Sports Illustrated, there is an article previewing a book written by two San Francisco Chronicle reporters. The book details Barry Bonds’ use of performance-enhancing drugs between 1998 and 2002. Story  While Bonds has said that 2006 could be his last year, Bud Selig certainly should hope that Barry would fade into the sunset ASAP, even if the accusations are false. As Bonds approaches some historic records, Major League Baseball could have a stigma fiasco on its hands as it tries to commemorate each event. Not to take away from Bonds’ career and his incredible career statistics and awards, it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
  • Next, Major League Baseball did not ban performance-enhancing drugs until 2003. However, we all know such products had to have been used for decades prior to the ban. I am not accusing and with all due respect to Mr. Puckett, my guess is that over the next 20 years, we will see many baseball players die prematurely. I’ll let you guess why. I still remember those pictures of Lyle Alzado at the end of his life.

Lastly, if the alligations about Bonds are true, who will have done more damage to the game; Pete Rose or Barry Bonds?

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