Why MLB Less Successful on National Level
Why Baseball Unsuccessful on National Level
Unlike other major sports, major league baseball is failing more each
year on a national level. Last year’s world series TV viewership was the
lowest of all time.
How baseball could be doing so well at the local level but so
poorly at the national level is perplexing to many, and something
that is not being addressed. It’s not that difficult to figure out.
Baseball has been dealing with it’s ‘steroid era’ now for over 20
years. Whether it’s cleaned up or not – we believe it’s not – the effects
linger to this day.
Major market teams, in generally ‘liberal’ cities, have gotten
away with , yes, winning world series on the backs of steroids.
It’s doubtful that the the San Francisco Giants would not have won
three world series in five years without the help of known steroid
users like Melky Cabrera, Andres Torrez, Jose Guillen, Michael Morse
and other ‘under-the radar’ guys who may have gotten away with
their PED use (see www.WhereDidYouGoJoeDimaggio.downloadebooks.me).In
between, the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals won it all with
known PED users and suspects.
Meanwhile, fans in ‘cleaner’ cities without known PED users
on their teams are questioning the trust factor in baseball. While
they don’t always show it, there’s a latent, unexpressed lack of interest in so-called
‘America’s teams.’ We’ve even seen the one time ‘America team’New York
Yankees take on a black eye after Alex Rodriquez was found to have
used PEDs over a long period – caught not by major league baseball
testing but by the Biogenesis scandal. And, there were other Yankees
such as Petit and Clemens and other likely suspects.
While this has been happening, again, for over twenty years,
we’ve seen major league baseball do very little to rectify the
situation. Supposedly, tighter drug testing only caught two players
last year – and for only second tier drug use (HGH-25 game suspensions)
and the year before caught nobody and the year before that
only five players. While baseball commissioner, at the time, Bud Selig
will tell you nobody was caught because baseball is clean now,
the Biogenesis scandal in Florida found 20 players using PEDs .
Selig got a ‘lucky break’ ( when an insider
went against his boss and Selig paid him off to tell his story.
But, drug testing alone has caught few – and it’s a known, largely
ignored fact that PED drugs for ADD, such as Adderall, are authorized
by major league baseball and used by 10% of it’s players (as MLB
admitted in 2014 ( ) when less than three percent of the nation
uses the drugs to deal with attention deficit disorder.
PED drugs like Adderall. It was Adderall that Andres Torrez, of the
2010 Giants, admitted gave him a career season and propelled the
Giants to it’s first of three World Series in five years.
In 2012 it was Melky Cabrera who put the Giants enough games ahead for them
to coast to their second World Series, before Cabrera was caught for a
second infraction with PEDs. Other Giants, such as newcomers
Marco Scutaro, Angel Pagan,Gregor Blanco and even old timers like
Aubrey Huff would all have surprising career years to help the void left by Cabrera.
Scutaro, at age 37, would raise his average nearly 100 points after
coming to the Giants mid-season, while cutting his strikeouts in half.
Meanwhile, Pablo Sandoval, after hitting only six homers all season
managed to slam six in the post season -three in one game- and hit
well over .300 against top flight post-season pitching, something
he would continue in yet a third world series in 2014.
In 2013 the Giants took a break when Boston Rod Sox won the series
on the back of one ‘Big Poppy,’ who was having three career years
in a row -in his late thirties!. Though he wasn’t found out with anything
in liberal Boston, there were
still whispers that Poppy was getting a little help from his friends.
(Not surprising to see his buddy, ‘Panda’ Sandoval, join him in Boston this
year from the Giants.)
But, in 2014 , the Giants were back winning yet another World Series
with only one standout pitcher, Bumgarner, who would improve 1,000%
in the playoffs, going from the thirtieth best ERA during the regular
season to the best in the playoffs with a microscopic 1.00 ERA.
And, there again was Panda, along with most of the team performing
better in the post season than during the regular season. (For
the uninformed, one can use steroids, or PEDs, on a per game basis.
When the chips are down, pop or shoot some PEDs… The Giants, with
one .300 hitter and the one top caliber pitcher
would, again, beat a better team, Kansas City, as they had done in
previous years against Detroit and St. Louis.
So, you have a team in the Giants, that really shouldn’t have been there winning
not one , not two , but three world series. And, don’t forget,
they came close before with one Barry Bonds – and 23 other PED-indicted
players since him. Meanwhile a liberal San Francisco media
looks the other way. The two guys who finally exposed Bonds , after
10 years, were pretty much shunned after that, becoming persona non grate in
San Francisco, no longer working for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Without them, Bonds might still be hitting ‘splash’ homers to this day.
Last year presented a ho hum World Series with, again, a mediocre
team doing ‘it’s thing’ to a very good team. While the local
San Franciscans loved seeing their Giants doing unlikely things
never done before which they couldn’t do in the regular season,
fans around the country were, by now, catching on to the smoke and
mirrors of the Giants. Some called them lucky, but you don’t get
lucky three world series in a row. There was more to it that that,
in our opinion – and many others who didn’t even watch the lowest-rated
world series of all time. This in a baseball season that had the
BEST overall attendance of all time. Quite a dichotomy.
Most fans around the country don’t know the half of what goes on
behind the scenes – or in front of the scenes- in San Francisco .Even Bay Area fans may have forgotten – or never knew -about the 2013 rape allegation againstSandoval, that was settled out of court, or the molestation charge against new, sudden Giants star’Chad Goudin And, then many of them don’t care. Certainly, in San Francisco, it’s win at all costs -and even if they don’t win we love them.
Same type of media as on the political scene that rarely calls
out the administration, or whomever, for obvious mistakes.
Same thing for Boston. How could a team sign an overweight,
slightly immature guy with a sub .300 average for $20 million
a year, after the Giants tried and failed? Because Boston is
a lot like San Francisco. REAL fans of yesterday
are being replaced by pseudo-science fans based more on the
chemistry in the players than the science of natural hitting, pitching
So, today, one never knows if it’s REAL or is it something else.
But, if THEIR player is doing well , and THEIR team is doing well, that’s
all that matters to them. The rest of the country could care less
about possible PED-aided players on OTHER teams. It’s one big
cartoon, going back to the days of the Popeye-caricatured Bash Brothers
and Bonds. McGwire and Conseco quickly fell by the wayside, later
admitting to their mistakes.
But Bonds continued on for many years, spawning many more players
in his image – an image so artificial and pathetic that would have
been unimaginable to a Stan Musial or Willie Mays. Sure, there
were ‘greenies’ and other things to keep players awake during earlier
eras -and many, like alcohol, that did them in. Only in the last
20 years, has modern ‘technologically’ and new chemistry gotten so
out of hand as to not only change/ruin the game but to, literally,
change people, both physically and even in terms of their personality.
And, not for the better. Unless, it’s all about long, fake home runs
AS GIANTS RE-SIGN SABEAN AND BOCHY
OTHER TEAMS PERPETUATE THE PROBLEM
And, now, we learn that the longest running general manager-coach
combo has been resigned by the Giants through 2019. Unheard of
for a GM to be with the same team for 15 years. And, it’s known
that Sabean isn’t well regarded around the league. It’s not for
jealousy that he didn’t even rank in the Exec of Year voting.
Other teams will tell you Sabean doesn’t return phone calls
and, frankly, isn’t very good at what he does… Lots of bad, long-term
moves like Zito, Rowand, etc. Today , Sabean continues to re-sign
over-the-hill players like Lincecum ($20 million) perhaps because he’s
not good at acquiring other, better players – for less. He need only
look across the Bay at Billy Beane.
It’s a fact that Sabean hasn’t been able to make a successful free agent
signing in all those years – unless you consider Hunter Pence.
It’s no surprise he didn’t sign Lester or any other top
flight player this year even offering more than other teams.
Sabean’s only real success , if one can call it that, is signing
marginal players nobody else wants because of their questionable pasts.
We’ve documented elsewhere (www.WhereDidYouGoJoeDimaggio.downloadebooks.me)
the shenanigans that go on in San Francisco that one probably doesn’t hear
about across the country.
Bochy is a slightly better manager than Sabean is a GM. Coming into the three
world series in five years, Bochy had a below .500 record – even with Bonds.
Bochy is a nice guy but he’s not a great manager. The reason he’s done well
in recent years is because of the players and culture, ie PEDs, on the team.
He’s good with pitchers because they’re good at getting other teams out,
and we believe some of that is due to PEDs. We know about Mota and there
are other pitchers who have suddenly improved for no good reason
after coming to the Giants
The Giants have perpetuated the steroid problem and continue to this day,
in our opinion. In a better-disciplined sport, Sabean would have been gone
years ago after being at least partly responsible in signing 23 players
who would be indicted for PED use. True, they weren’t all his responsiblity,
but he signed many of them knowing not only the Giants reputation beginning
with Bonds and, probably not scrutinizing them better. Some, like Guillermo
Mota, Guillen and Cabrera had already been busted before coming to the
Giants and Sabean knew that.
OTHER TEAMS FORCED TO ‘PLAY THE STEROID GAME’
So, meanwhile, other teams see Sabean and the Giants getting away with
it, and, to make for an even playing field they almost have to play the same game.
The difference between the Giants and other teams is that the Giants, with
their long history of PED use, have perfected it, in our opinion.
Today, there are fewer and fewer clean available players. Known users like
Nelson Cruz and Jhonny Peralta are courted and even paid higher salaries now
after their indictments. Some of the best players available have been the
indicted players – and one isn’t sure about others.
FEWER BLACK PLAYERS, MORE LATINS – IS THIS A REAL ISSUE?
And, of course, MLB and the sociologists of America are concerned that there are
fewer blacks in baseball. They don’t address that there are more
It’s just life today that basketball and football appeal more
to blacks and baseball has become more popular with Latinos. This could
and probably will change back in years to come
but to try to start getting too concerened and making racial quotas is wrong.
Fact of the matter is, to be quite politically incorrect,
most of the PED players have been Latin, with an emphasis on Venezuelan.
If we really cleaned up the sport there would probably be fewer Latin
players, leaving more spots open for blacks and other races.
PEDs are, apparently, more accepted in Latin culture, where people struggle
harder to live and are more inclined to break rules to get ahead.
It’s understandable to some degree, but should not be tolerated.
And, this , again, is more of an MLB failure than that of players.
Players, whatever color, are allowed – and even sometimes encouraged-
Just as you have older players desperate to ‘make it’ who will try almost anything
to get ahead, you have teams like the Giants who may say one thing but act another way.
Giants president Larry Baer came out last year saying the Giants would be more careful in signing players with PED pasts only before signing Michael Morse.
FUTURE NOT LOOKING GOOD – ‘ UP TO 50% OF PLAYERS USING ‘
Perhaps the new commissioner will
finally do something but, so far, there are no signs of it.
In fact quite the opposite. He’s willing to give Pete Rose another look at the Hall of Fame – which
we agree with – but perhaps only because players have been allowed to get away with the more ingredious – ion our opinion-
crime of steroid use, which involves altering the game results.
Today, it’s easier to get away with steroids than ever. No longer are PEDs always detectable by outside appearance(extra weight, baldness, etc). We know that 10% of players are using PEDs designed for ADD.
Other Designer steroids like testosterone can be in and out of one’s system in hours. Remember the Giantsgrew up around the BALCO labs where owner Victor Conte, himself, has told us how he easy it is, undercurrent testing procedures to beat the system in which he estimates ‘ as high as 50%’ of
today’s players are using PEDs. Sure there may be more tests given now, but they’re still announced ahead of timeso players can react accordingly. And, just because we’re not seeing big homerun numbers don’t fool yourself. Playersare doing it in other ways like hitting for average, ie Giants new Sandoval replacement,Casey McGee,who has replaced homeruns with average (in fact, at age 32 he hadn’t even hit homeruns OR average -not above .230in 2010-2013 before suddenly hitting .285 for Miami last year-before the Giants acquired, yes, another suspicious player, in our opinion.)
Commissioner Manfred and most may not see the connection
between steroids and disinterest on the national level as we’ve tried to outline here.
We thought the travesty of the tainted Giants winning a third world series with known steroid players
would finally cause some concern in the commissioner’s office, but no.
Only, perhaps, if the Giants win a fourth world series this year will the microscope finally
Even with a blind-eye media and blase fans there’s enough out there realizing that something is going on at least on the local level of major league baseball teams .Yes, there are actually stil fans who still care that players – at least on the other side- are for REAL and not loaded up performance enhancing drugs.
Only nce that’s taken care of will you see REAL dynasties, not every-other-year ‘winners’ with largely new casts of very questionable talent.
REMEMBERING LON SIMMONS - TOO HONEST FOR TODAY'S BASEBALL
The loss of former Giants announcer Lon Simmons brings home above points even more. With his unpolitically correct approach to announcing, Simmons could never be a Giants announcer today. Recalling when the Giants were going bad, he called a Giant players' '3-2' count ' a rally' , something both humorous but something that wouldn't go over with Giants administration, which hires the announcers now. Perhaps because of his honesty, Simmons had two previous run-ins with management, of the Giants and San Francisco 49ers, which he also announced. Simmons left both jobs rather than toe the party line. Simmons was the antithesis of the steroid era. He was honest and forthright old school . It would have been interesting hearing him announce Giants baseball today - if in fact he would agree to the more rigid style of announcing today, which includes being a 'homer.'
Why MLB Unsuccessful on National Level