Clearing the Bases–Prospects, not PEDs

Writing about steroids in a way that challenges people’s assumptions isn’t much different from taping a “kick me” sign to your own ass. You can expect to mix it up with a certain percentage of passers-by who are just spoiling for a fight. Some of them are articulate, some laughably not; responding is usually fun, …

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The Steroid Question(s)

If you’re like me, you’ve almost certainly got topic fatigue when it comes to steroids in baseball. Lord knows I do, even given the fact that big steroid-related news tends to put my services as a pundit in demand. Given the way the stories like Barry Bonds’ indictment and the releases of the Mitchell Report …

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Clearing the Bases — (W)Ringing Out 2007

Hello and happy holidays to you all. I’m here at the tail end of my winter trip to Salt Lake City. The snow is falling but I’m finally beginning to see daylight as far as my massive winter workload is concerned. At last count I’d delivered some 50,000 words to Baseball Prospectus, Fantasy Baseball Index …

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Now They Got Me on Tee Vee [updated]

Words I never thought I’d utter: “Hi, I’m Jay Jaffe, and I’m here to be a guest on Inside Edition.” Anybody who wants to see my suddenly-in-demand expertise in the field of yapping about steroids in baseball chopped up into itty-bitty soundbites can tune in to Monday morning’s episode of Inside Edition. In the New …

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Fear and Loathing Atop the All-Time Home Run List, or Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?

Our long national nightmare is finally over. On Tuesday night, Barry Bonds finally hit his 756th home run, topping Hank Aaron’s record, a record that stood for over 33 years as perhaps the most hallowed statistical accomplishment in the annals of sport. Surprisingly, the world didn’t end. I missed the home run. Or rather, to …

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Sammy Sosa, 600, and the Hall of Fame [BP Unfiltered]

Rockin’ the blockquote: Last night, Sammy Sosa hit his 600th home run, becoming just the fifth player in baseball history to do so. Ironically, he hit it against the Chicago Cubs, the team for whom he walloped 545 of those homers, including 243 over a four-year span. While that barrage arguably made him the game’s …

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