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Your thoughts: Baseball & Steroids

In the wake of the Biogenesis rulings today, I wanted to switch things up a bit.

So this piece is meant to be a little different. Instead of me mostly just spilling out whatever thoughts come to mind, I want to hear what you guys think about quite a touchy subject: steroids/other substances currently banned by Major League Baseball. Why, you ask? Because I’ve heard many pros and cons about performance enhancing substance abuse from commentators and armchair athletes, but rarely from (specifically) baseball aficionados.

As an athlete myself, I can definitely sympathize with players who want an extra boost to their game. Heck, I even supplement with protein and pre-workout “energizers”. I’m no professional and so have no contractual pressure to perform at such a level, but can imagine why those who have made it to the big leagues would turn to steroids to make it easier for them to do so. At the same time, however, I am a firm believer in fair play and a clean game.

That’s where you guys come in as avid and knowledgeable fans of the beautiful sport of baseball. Where do you land on the performance enhancing substance debate? Do you think the suspensions handed down by Selig, et al. was appropriate, and why?

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Why I Have Hope for Cleveland…and Why I Shouldn’t

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Here’s the thing. I’m excited. Like, really excited, and I know I shouldn’t be. But honestly, I can’t help it. The Indians are 2 and a half games behind Detroit and only a half game back on the O’s in the Wild Card race. While, yes, that would pit the Tribe against the Red Socks, that little thing called hope has been creeping into my system lately. And on top of that, they’re playing really well. Not great, but definitely solid. And certainly good enough to get the job done (or lucky enough, as Giambi’s walk off homer in the 9th vs. the White Sox tonight shows—but hey: a win is a win).

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Baseball’s New Lucha Libre Star!

¡Señoras y señores, niños y niñas, ponen sus manos juntas para el juego más emocionante, contundente de béisbol que jamás verás! ¡Y vamos a estar listos para la pelea!

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With its proximity to the border, the D-backs would do well to recruit fans from those South of it. And what better way to pander to that fairly untapped base than with one of Mexico’s most famous forms of entertainment: Lucha Libre!

Now, I don’t know much about “free fighting”, other than that the wrestlers wear really cool masks and fight like they’re in the former WCW. But that’s not the point of this blog post.

The point is that this is a brilliant form of marketing by the Arizona team and could well be a turning point in Major League Baseball. Sure, the prevalence of Spanish-speaking players and stars has been around for a while. But other than drafting talented athletes from the Dominican or Venezuela, there has been little—if any—direct and visible marketing to the wider Spanish-speaking audience.

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Pitcher in Profile: Danny Salazar (Cleveland Indians)

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23 year-old Danny Salazar wasn’t supposed to do that well, considering he had started the season playing Double-A ball. In typical baseball fashion, his job was to play one game in place of struggling right hander Carlos Carrasco then head back down to Triple-A. That was it.

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