Articles matching tag: Baseball Ethics
- Column: Preller Suspension InadequateSeptember 29, 2016
San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller can’t seem to distinguish between ethical and unethical behavior. It recently came to light that Preller instructed his medical staff to maintain two sets of records on Padres players, one that was submitted to Major League Baseball and made available to all clubs per MLB rules, and one that was used for internal purposes only. The clear intent was to deceive his fellow GMs and obtain an advantage over them in trades. After a number of teams complained that they were not receiving accurate medical information on Padres players, MLB initiated an investigation. After reviewing the facts, the League slapped Preller with a 30-day suspension without pay for failing to provide the Red Sox with complete medical records prior to the consummation of a trade in July.
- Column: MLB's PEDs Policy A ConundrumMay 19, 2016
The 80-game suspension of Miami Marlins’ second baseman Dee Gordon for violating MLB’s drug policy may have set the stage for a discussion about the purpose of penalties: Deterrence or punishment? Like every other athlete who has ever tested positive Gordon issued the obligatory apology, saying he had no clue why the test results were positive and he had never knowingly ingested a tainted substance. Maybe he’s right, or maybe he’s lying. We may never know. There are so many chemicals in the food we eat and who-knows-what in the supplements most athletes consume that it’s possible, although highly unlikely given the substances found in Gordon’s sample, that he’s telling the truth. But here are four takeaways from Gordon’s suspension that we know to be absolutely true.
- Column: The Bat Flip Seen Round the WorldOctober 21, 2015
“Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate)… Let’s celebrate, it’s all right.” Kool & the Gang Play the game right. Respect the game. Don’t show up your opponent. These are among the Unwritten Rules of baseball that are handed down from one generation of ballplayers to the next. But what, specifically, do they mean? Because they aren’t written down, players interpret the rules differently. Which brings us to Jose Bautista’s bat flip. In the seventh inning of the fifth game of the best-of-five American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers, the Toronto Blue Jays’ right fielder crushed a three-run homer off pitcher Sam Dyson. The blast gave the Blue Jays a 6-3 lead, propelling Toronto to the League Championship Series for the first time in 22 years.
- Column: Cardinals Hack AstrosJune 29, 2015
If it can happen to retailers like K-Mart, Target and Home Depot, and even the U.S. Government, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that it happened to the Houston Astros. But in this case, the perpetrators weren’t a criminal element in Eastern Europe or the Chinese government but apparently employees of another MLB team, the St. Louis Cardinals. In what is the first known case – security experts believe it has likely happened before - of computer espionage in professional sports, the FBI is investigating several Cardinals’ employees for allegedly hacking into the Astros’ computer system. The obvious questions are which employees are responsible and what was the purpose of the nefarious activity? Perhaps an answer to the first question will shed light on the second. What we know for now is that there is animosity tinged with jealousy between the two organizations.
- Column: Pete Rose Is Lying - Once AgainMarch 17, 2014
In a new biography titled: Pete Rose: An American Dilemma, author Kostya Kennedy and Rose make the case that gambling on baseball is less of a crime than the use of PEDs. They’re wrong. Gambling is the number one crime in baseball. It has been since the Black Sox scandal in 1919 when eight members of the Chicago White Sox conspired to throw the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. All eight were banned from baseball for life, despite being acquitted in a court of law. Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis knew that gambling by anyone associated with baseball could erode faith in the integrity of the game, something that the sport – any sport - could not abide. Absent the element of competition – where fans know every player is trying his or her best to win – sport is reduced to mere entertainment, nothing more than a movie, professional wrestling or Chris Berman yukking it up on SportsCenter.
- Column: A-Rod's LawsuitsOctober 7, 2013
If a good defense is indeed a good offense, then Alex Rodriguez and his high priced team of lawyers have the playbook memorized. On Thursday A-Rod filed a lawsuit against MLB and Commissioner Bud Selig claiming they have attempted to destroy his reputation and career. The legal basis for the lawsuit is called “tortious interference,” which in this case means the defendants interfered with A-Rod’s ability to perform his contract with the Yankees, action which may prevent him from collecting the $116 million remaining on the contract. The suit was filed on the fourth day of an arbitration hearing to determine if the 211-game suspension A-Rod received for his various roles in the Biogenesis case - alleged by MLB to include the use of performance enhancing drugs, the attempted destruction of evidence, and the recruitment of additional players as clients of the South Florida anti-aging clinic - should be reduced or overturned. Thirteen of the fourteen players who were suspended by MLB accepted their fate without an appeal.
- Column: There's No Celebrating in BaseballSeptember 22, 2013
“We gonna celebrate and have a good time.” Celebration, Kool and the Gang 1980 “There’s no crying in baseball.” That line, uttered by Tom Hanks as manager Jimmy Dugan in the 1992 movie A League of Their Own, a tribute to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, is rated 54th on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest film quotes of all time. As we’ve learned in the past week, along with no crying in baseball you can add “no celebrating” to the list of prohibitions. With the highest payroll in MLB, the Dodgers were in last place in their division on June 21 with a record of 30-42, 9 ½ games behind the first place Arizona Diamondbacks. Shortly thereafter the team caught fire, going 58-23, a streak of historic proportions. When the team clinched the National League West crown on September 19, the players understandably wanted to celebrate. But as luck would have it, the Dodgers were denied an opportunity to celebrate with their hometown fans, finishing off their worst-to-first run on the road against the D’backs. After a brief celebration on the field, the Dodgers retired to their clubhouse to drench each other in champagne. When most of the fans at Chase Field had left the ballpark, about half the team emerged from the clubhouse - dressed in their championship t-shirts - and made a beeline for the swimming pool in right center field for an impromptu pool party.