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All Is Forgiven.
Posted by Angelo Todaro on 1/12/2010, 18:47:13
Thank you, Mark, for setting the record straight. ALL baseball records are skewed. Just look at the homerun totals for both leagues in 1961, the pitching records that were set in 1968, the lowering of the mound in 1969, the institution of the designated hitter - in one league only, etc. Consider that Babe Ruth (nonetheless a hero of mine), NEVER ONCE faced the now-legendary dark-skinned pitchers of his era inleague play. We should no more blame Ruth for having not played against black players, as we should blame Mr. Mcguire from doing what the Major Leagues had intentionally turned a blind eye to. An unenforced rule is the same as no rule at all. The blame should lie with the Fay Vincent, Bud Selig and the team owners, all of whom were temporarily blinded by greed between 1994 and 2002. Even decent men did things they might not otherwise had done in those years - AND HAVE DONE SO throughout the entire history of the Game. Does anyone believe that many of the great white players pre-1947 were unaware they were part of an immoral systemic racism? Many knew, and most said nothing. Yet they remain heroes in our eyes, while Mr. McGuire is refused entry to the Hall Of Fame? Let us rethink this. Let us learn how the steroid era was PERMITTED to happen, and see to it that it never does again. Let us not shoot the messenger!