Anyhow, Reggie was quoted last month griping about players strutting (What!?? People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones!) He said, among other things, that "If some of these guys were as concerned with getting base hits and winning games as they were Twitter, maybe they could perform better and earn some style." Oh, please. C'mon, Jax, don't be a hypocrite. You strutted with the best of them back in your day!
Now Mr. October is lashing out against PED users, including at his friend Alex Rodriguez, the player he was a mentor to. Reggie has some rather incoherent comments about steroids and the Hall of Fame in the latest edition of Sports Illustrated. First of all, he attacks current HOFers, saying:
He believes that the Baseball Writers Association of America, whose members vote for the Hall, have adopted too low a standard. "I didn't see Kirby Puckett as a Hall of Famer," he says. "I didn't see Gary Carter as a Hall of Famer. I didn't see Don Sutton as a Hall of Famer. I didn't see Phil Niekro as a Hall of Famer. As much as I like Jim Rice, I'm not so sure he's a Hall of Famer." What about Bert Blyleven? "No. No, no, no, no," Jackson says. "Blyleven wasn't even the dominant pitcher of his era -- it was Jack Morris."
That's where Reggie's argument completely falls apart. If you are against PEDs, then you can't say, "Well, keep out the guy with three MVPs and 600+ home runs, but put in the extremely borderline candidate because I like the guy." That's just silly.
If there was any retired player, though, that could have broken the mold of criticizing today's players, I thought it would be Jackson. Too bad he, too has come down with Good Old Days Disease!
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