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Why the MLB is a joke

7/30/09 in MLB   |   nyrangers   |   192 respect

Steroids.

No, not the fact that they allow a player to quadruple his home run count by sticking a hormone-filled needle in their arm (or another place on their body that would make one wonder why a player would even do this). The morals and standards that baseball should have on the use is an entirely different argument, though.

No, the real problem is all of the extra baggage that comes along with the steroids: the coverage it gets. The amount of media coverage that steroids and the players that take them recieve has turned this league into a joke. By watching the news, SportsCenter or any sporting news over the internet, one cannot even tell what the sport of baseball actually is. Every feature story about the MLB? Steroids. Any breaking news topic? Steroids.

The fact is that steroids recieve more media coverage than any other topic. How about Mark Buehrle's perfect game? We can all agree on what an amazing feat that is; the rarity of the occassion speaks for itself. How much media coverage did that actually recieve? Less than coverage that any single steroid scandal recieves, that's for sure. Personally, I did not even hear about the perfect game until a few days after it happened. I did, however, hear about the most recent David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez steroid-using fiasco seconds after it was released. And hear about it I did. That is apparently important enough to shove down the common sports fans' throats until that is all we care about. Remember Josh Willingham's recent two grand slams in a single game? Also very impressive, and has in fact occured FEWER times that a perfect game being thrown. Now, you can debate about which feat, the perfect game or double grand slams, is more impressive or difficult, but the media will have us believe that neither of those are very significant when it comes to steroids.

Basically, the MLB has gotten to the point when the release of the name of one player who tested positive for steroids takes precedent over a perfect game or hitting two grand slams in a single game. In a few years, what are you going to remember? The perfect game, the two grand slams in one game, or the fact that Papi took steroids in '03? It's sad that great feats like these are being overshadowed by the use of performance-enchancing drugs. A sad day in baseball indeed.

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8/3/09   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

nyrangers wrote:

WHAT??????

I am so shocked that you said that. I think this conversation is over, because clearly you didn't even read what I wrote

There are two main reasons it gets the coverage it does.  First, MLB, while its popularity has been declining over the last decade or so, it is still mildly popular.  And next, in the summer MLB is essentially the only show in town according to the media since they refuse to perceive MLS even exists.  The same story gets more coverage in June than it does in December since the NFL dominating everything at that time.

8/3/09   |   nyrangers   |   192 respect

ML31 wrote:
So...  You are unhappy that MLB is somewhat popular?

WHAT??????

I am so shocked that you said that. I think this conversation is over, because clearly you didn't even read what I wrote

7/31/09   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

nyrangers wrote:
You missed my point. I don't care about steroids, but I care about the media coverage that the MLB recieves, which is what this is about.

So...  You are unhappy that MLB is somewhat popular?

7/31/09   |   nyrangers   |   192 respect

ML31 wrote:
But...  Judging by fan reactions to the players you are in the minority.  The vast majority of fans just don't care.  I'd even go so far as most are probably happy their guys doped up.

You missed my point. I don't care about steroids, but I care about the media coverage that the MLB recieves, which is what this is about.

7/30/09   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

But...  Judging by fan reactions to the players you are in the minority.  The vast majority of fans just don't care.  I'd even go so far as most are probably happy their guys doped up.