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HBT Extra: Talkin’ PEDs

Aug 24, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

Tiff and I wrap up a week’s worth of PED news. Sadly, however, you can’t see my Livestrong bracelet in this video. Because I was totally wearing it.

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  1. townballblog - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Nice office, Craig.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    The anti-PED hardliner’s train of thought is that the system not working is because catching guys is evidence that players aren’t deterred enough in trying to cheat. So they call for more draconian measures in the pursuit of the illusion of a clean game.

    What these folks want is something like a PED red-light camera on every single corner or applicable street light, a system that is designed to catch an offender 100% of the time such that no one will even think of trying to run a PED traffic light. Thus you create the flawless system: a test that catches all offenders but no one is actually caught because they are discouraged from attempting to cheat. This is the anti-PED ideal.

    The problem with drugs there is no way to create a system that will catch 100% of the offenders. I think that’s impossible. There will always be cheaters. It’s almost a baseball tradition really.

  3. natslady - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Some baseball “cheating” traditions don’t bother me–stealing signs, being in the “neighborhood” of second base on a double-play, etc. Those are on the field and if you get away with them, fine. Also agree you are never going to catch 100% of chemical-cheaters, any more than you catch 100% of criminals. But some cities do a better job than others. And over time, some cities that were doing a bad job improve. That’s all I ask of MLB, be honest that there is a problem and do a better job.

    As was pointed out by another poster, if you have a prison wall and 100 people escape but you catch 4 of them, that’s not a good job. I’d like more towards the Shawshack Redemption percentages…

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      I don’t think the analogy is apt. What you really have is a prison where you don’t really know how many inmates are in there, you just caught four that escaped but you have no idea how many in total have escaped. How can you say they are doing a good job or a bad job?

      When it comes to crime, you have reported and unreported ones. You can build statistics on reported ones, and evaluate performance based on how many cases where successfully closed. But really, steroid cheaters are more in the unreported crime column. You only know about the crime after the fact. The number you catch doesn’t tell you the story but can’t know with absolute certainty how many are/have been cheating in the first place.

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:15 PM

        “You only know about the crime after the fact.” I meant to say, you only know about the crime after you caught the guy after the act.

  4. natslady - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    See, this is what’s sad, Craig. Hundreds of comments about some flake on ESPN, and three comments on your video which is to the ACTUAL issue. Thanks for trying, anyway. Appreciated.

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      Of which one doesn’t actually deal with the issue at all.

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