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Why isn't Damien Cox getting the Jerod Morris treatment for his Jose Bautista comments?

Aug 24, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

Last year a blogger named Jerod Morris made headlines for writing an article suggesting that Raul Ibanez’s career-best production at age 37 “raised questions” about whether he was using steroids.
Not only did Ibanez respond very angrily and publicly to the article, ESPN had Morris as a guest on Outside the Lines, where he was confronted by Ken Rosenthal of and John Gonzalez of the Philadelphia Inquirer. And his comments became fodder for columnists, radio hosts, and talking heads around the country.
I’m not here to argue about whether or not Morris deserved that treatment, but rather to ask why Damien Cox of the Toronto Star hasn’t been similarly ripped to shreds for his column yesterday suggesting that Jose Bautista’s out of nowhere, 40-homer (and counting) breakout season means “you’ve got to at least ask the question” of whether he’s using steroids.
I’d encourage everyone to read Morris’ article from last year and Cox’s article from yesterday, and then judge for themselves just how similar they are. I tend to think they’re pretty damn close, which is why it seems so strange to me that Cox isn’t receiving anywhere close to the same treatment that Morris did.
Is it because mainstream media members aren’t nearly as eager to pick on one of their own? Is it because Morris was mostly just a way for people to launch a larger-scale attack on bloggers and blogging as a whole? Is it because the Phillies and Philadelphia simply get more coverage in the baseball world than the Blue Jays and Toronto? Or is there something else at play?

  1. Jess_Ball - Aug 26, 2010 at 2:03 AM

    Sometimes a player will make a breakthrough where the batting coach sees something and says “look… all you have to do is lay off this one,” or, “don’t look at the ground. Keep your head straight!”
    I’ll bet, if anything, that it was some tiny mechanical tweek that was addressed and things clicked. When Corey Hart was hitting a home run every 8 at-bats for more than a month, he was able to lay off low-and-away sliders because he kept his head up. Those pitches just killed him. He’s been in a bit of a home-run drought, but the extra-base hits keep piling on. Bautista figured something out.
    Good for him!

  2. Jess_Ball - Aug 26, 2010 at 2:11 AM

    And one other thing; If Jose is in this type of groove, I’d love to see 70 home runs :) Why not? Especially if falls down to earth next year.
    Too late for 70. How about 60, at least? These guys get tested on a regular basis.

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