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A kinder, more contrite Bonds might be the Dodgers' hitting coach. A less loathsome Sosa might be Mr. Cub for the new millennium. Had Palmeiro said to the congressional panel investigating PED use, "I'm not here to talk about the past," instead of that fatal finger wag, maybe he'd be working for Peter Angelos, an area code away from Williams.
No matter the race, nice matters. Texas manager Ron Washington tested positive for cocaine and survived, winning consecutive AL pennants. What cannot be so easily finessed is who is allowed clemency and who is banished for the same offense. Selective justice is the ultimate price of the steroids era -- a reminder to stay in line and to have powerful friends. And as Alex Rodriguez has now discovered, perhaps too late, selective justice means no justice at all.
A kinder, more contrite Bonds might be the Dodgers’ hitting coach.
Thus far, the determining factors of redemption have been race, power and personality.
But the thing is that Bryant is really only partially gung-ho when it comes to the racial issue
This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's March 3 Analytics Issue [...]
Howard Bryant · Senior Writer, ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine at ESPN
Now hold on a minute: those three commendable managers [La Russa, Torre and Cox (?)] won a lot of games off of PED using players. They get in to the HOF, but he players don't. That must be part of the discussion, no?
I would like to see a breakdown of steroid suspects + known users by American Whites - Latinos (B&W) and African Americans against their percentages in the game. I suspect Latinos lead the list by a wide margin.
IOW if anyone differentiates between steroids and greenies, they're beyond the pale.
The issue of Latin players getting caught more at a higher rate than others is something that needs to be looked into. It doesn't mean it should be excused but the MLBPA should be looking closely into why that is happening.
Maybe it's just selective memory but does Bryant ever write an article about sports and does he enjoy them at all?
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