A-Fraud Steals The Spotlight This August

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As the MLB season reaches a crescendo, one unsavory story- complete with one very unsavory character- has stolen the headlines. Despite all the exciting and enticing storylines to be found across the league this August, fans and sportswriters alike have been forced to discuss the ridiculous Tao of A-Rod. Yet instead of discussing why a profoundly guilty PED-user is still playing while his cohorts (including those players he allegedly informed upon) are suspended for a minimum of 50 games, Baseball Revival would like to point out all the reasons we should ignore Alex Rodriguez, and focus on the game itself.

We should be talking about the Pirates return to relevance, as they sit atop the tough N.L. Central with 72 wins. We should be discussing how outfielder Andrew McCutchen leads a long list of candidates for the N.L. MVP award. We should be talking about young arms like Jeff Locke and Gerrit Cole, as well as old ones like Mark Melancon and Francisco Liriano, as we analyze an astonishing, year-long performance by the best pitching staff in the majors.

We should be marveling at the historic winning streaks around the majors. The Royals have also returned to relevancy after spending the last 20 years in the cellar of the American League East. They now sit 5 games out of the second wild card spot after winning an astonishing 19 of their last 22 games, including a double-header sweep of the first place Tigers on Friday.

And of course the Dodgers, who are 41-8 over the last eight weeks, have become the first team since the 1944 St. Louis Cardinals to accomplish such a feat. It’s been over a century since this storied franchise went on such a run, and thanks to the electric play of Yasiel Puig and the consistent contributions of Hanley Ramirez, they’ve managed to go from worst to first in the N.L. West in only two and a half months.

We could be debating whether Max Scherzer’s astonishing 17-1 record is more impressive than Felix Hernandez’s A.L. leading 2.28 ERA when considering who is worthy of the American League CY Young award. The newly minted divide between new-age sabremetricians and “old-school” baseball folks came to a head during the close A.L. MVP race between Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera last season, and it appears to be here to stay.

Then there is that Cabrera fellow, who is not only the greatest hitter of our era but perhaps, one of the greatest hitters in the history of this game. And we should be talking about how he has a chance to pull of an unprecedented back-to-back Triple Crown if he can surpass Chris Davis for the A.L. lead in Home Runs.

With everything else going on it seems absolutely insane to even mention a despicable cheat like Alex Rodriguez. Yes, he is contributing for a Yankees team that is trying to make a late push for the playoffs, but at the same time, he’s not even the most impressive performer on his team. Alfonso Soriano’s historic tear (which includes five home runs and a share of the major league record with 18 RBI over only four games) has taken a back seat to the Rodriguez debacle.

Even though we have given lip service to A-Rod by making him the premise of this article, which seems to be all he deserves at this point. His legacy will serve as an example of how statistical achievements mean very little if you don’t play the game with integrity, yet even that seems unworthy of discussion during such an exciting time.

 

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About nweitzer7

Nate Weitzer is a die hard Celtics and Red Sox fan although he has little love for the New England Patriots. Currently a graduate student at Boston University looking to earn a Masters in Sports Journalism, Weitzer blogs weekly for Baseball Revival (See link below), covers high school sports for local start-up paper Boston Urban News, and writes on the Celtics for http://thenosebleeds.com/category/sports/celtics/

Posted on August 17, 2013, in 2013, Dodgers, MLB, Pirates, Royals, Yankees and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Excellent article.

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