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Baseball pundits play blame game

February 20, 2009, 10:38 AM HST
* Updated February 20, 6:44 PM
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You can’t make those who write or commentate about baseball happy.  I speak from experience, because I’ve done both.

My colleagues are the self-appointed moral compasses of the game in a fashion you don’t see in those who cover other sports.  Predictably, they have taken on the roles of judge and jury in the never-ending steroids saga they refuse to let die.

On ESPN.com, columns by Jayson Stark and Tim Keown question the veracity of Alex Rodriguez’ comments during yesterday’s press conference, a follow up to an earlier interview with Peter Gammons.

Others continue piling blame on commissioner Bud Selig.  Yet others campaign for the release of all names on a list of 104 players who failed a confidential test survey that eventually led to a more comprehensive testing policy.

That’s a hypocritical position considering that these same journalists insist on protecting the confidentiality of their own sources.

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As my colleagues insist on more answers from A-Rod, I have a question for them:  If you know so much about the sport, how come you didn’t know about the rampant use of steroids in baseball?

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There can only be two answers:  You don’t really know as much as you like to let on, or – like the commissioner and the owners – you looked the other way.  In other words, you are as guilty as everyone else for this mess.

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