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When is Ron Villone going to apologize to Mark McGwire?

Jan 22, 2010, 7:34 AM EDT

Ron Villone headshot.jpgEventually people will start playing baseball again and all of this will be forgotten. Until then we’ll have old timers like Fergie Jenkins saying silly things like this:

Ferguson Jenkins says Mark McGwire owes an apology to all those pitchers who gave up his home runs. The Hall of Fame ace sent an open letter* to The Associated Press
this week, telling the former home-run king: “You have not even begun
to apologize to those you have harmed.”
“How many pitchers do you think he ended their careers by hitting numbers of home runs of them?”

“You have yet to apologize to all the pitchers you faced while juiced,”
Jenkins wrote. “You altered pitchers’ lives. You may have shortened
pitchers careers because of the advantage you forced over them while
juiced. Have you thought about what happened when they couldn’t get you
out and lost the confidence of their managers and general managers? You
even managed to alter the place some athletes have achieved in record
books by making your steroid-fueled run to the season home run record.”

Best tidbit from the story: STATS LLC researched and found out that 51 pitchers gave up  homers to McGwire in what
turned out to be their final major league seasons, including Bert Blyleven and Donnie Moore.  I can only assume that Murray Chass and that crowd will now change their Hall of Fame vote for Blyleven and start blaming Donnie Moore’s suicide on McGwire.

Of course what STATS LLC has not done is analyze how many home runs McGwire hit off pitchers who were juicing.  For example, he hit two dingers off of Roger Clemens in his career, so I assume he need not apologize there. He hit five off Ron Villone, who was named in the Mitchell Report. Other Mitchell Report alumni who served up home runs to McGwire: Kevin Brown, Jim Parque, Darren Holmes and Steve Woodard.

Given how cursory and incomplete the Mitchell Report was, and given that pitchers have, if anything, been overrepresented in positive PED tests since 2004, there are no doubt many, many more to whom McGwire need not apologize. I’d compile a list of pitchers who should apologize to McGwire — ‘roiders who struck Mac out and prevented him from hitting home runs — but that would be a pretty extensive undertaking.

How about this: instead of wasting our time telling everyone who should apologize to whom, we just drop this pathetic, sanctimonious game, accept that the era in which Mark McGwire played was rotten with steroid users and figure out how to put it all in historic context?  Or is that too immature?

*Open letter?! Arrrrgghh!

  1. Matt - Jan 22, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Ahhhh……
    Now I get it……….
    Wow is this system archaic!
    LOL

  2. jason - Jan 23, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    I don’t see Calcattera as someone who’s a McGwire ‘defender’ at all, I see him as an objective observer. A guy who doesn’t feel the need to take part in a public lynching out of morbid curiosity. McGwire cheated, lots of others did it. It doesn’t excuse McGwire, but let’s not act like he acted alone. No need to make an example out of him when there are plenty others just like him but who didn’t have the sack to actually mention the word ‘steroids’ in his admission. The guys been put through the ringer enough, he’s coming back as a freakin’ coach, not a player–so let’s stop acting like he’s going to contaminate the water supply or run for President of the United States or something. It’s baseball…nothing more, nothing less.
    And Fergie Jenkins is HARDLY the shining beacon of sainthood. How many times was he busted with cocaine possession?

  3. motherscratcher - Jan 23, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Jason – Have you not read these threads? This is no place for any type of reasonable argument. I suggest you take you rationality elsewhere, bub. Come back when you are ready to admit that McGwire is the worst person ever and have a plan in place to save the children.

  4. Matt - Jan 25, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    Love the strawman argument. GMAFB.
    Nobody has said McGwire was the only one, and nobody said he’s the worst person in the world. Nobody called Fergie Jenkin some kind of saint either.
    Doesn’t change the fact that McGwire’s “admission” was full of more lies than anything he’s said to this point. It was insulting, and has been called as much by umpteen Hall of Famers and counting.
    Using the “its just baseball” argument is a total cop out. If thats how you feel, why respond to the article at all?
    McGwire’s return to baseball is contaminating to the game. Bottom line. The proud Cardinal organization is sending a message to the most notorious cheaters of an era that if you just go away for a few years, you can come back and collect a paycheck. What if the Cubs hired Sammy Sosa? Or the Baltimore hired Palmeiro? Or the the Giants hired Bonds? What message would that send?
    Tony LaRussa hired a career .260 hitter, and known cheater, to be his hitting coach because the wants people to forget his crimes, and one day let him into the hall. LaRussa is as big a liar as McGwire, and 1000 times more arrogant.

  5. funny videos - Jan 30, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    I don’t believe I’d be ready to do that. But after reading your post here makes me feel like I should do it.

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