Guilty Until Proven Innocent; Baseball And Steroids. WhatTheHOFF?

Major League Baseball searches for their own “Lebron James”

Written by Josh Hoffert (@WhatTheHOFF)
 
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Chris Davis says the true home run record is 61

We are currently in a bit of a lull in the sports world, 50 days until football, basketball and hockey are off in the distance, and baseball just had its All-Star Game.  However, baseball talks never stop when it comes to talking steroids.  At this point in the season, Chris Davis is on point to break 61 home runs, which he considers to be the true record, not the 73 that Barry Bonds had set.

We are currently in a bit of a lull in the sports world, 50 days until football, basketball and hockey are off in the distance, and baseball just had its All-Star Game.  However, baseball talks never stop when it comes to talking steroids.  At this point in the season, Chris Davis is on point to break 61 home runs, which he considers to be the true record, not the 73 that Barry Bonds had set.

I am not one to get angry at the fact that a guy like Barry Bonds did steroids to be “the best”.  Nor am I saying that I agree with the use of steroids either.  What does make me angry is the fact that players are “guilty until proven innocent”.  Because of the “steroid era” in Major League Baseball, any player that steps up to the plate to chase down a record seems to be questioned.  For instance, Chris Davis is now raising eyebrows.

In 2009, Davis his 21 home runs in 113 games with Texas.  The next four seasons, his HR numbers slumped, but so did his games played; he played an average of 40 games over that four year stretch.  In 2012, Davis managed 33 homers in 139 games.  He now stands at 37 home runs through 95 games played.

But because we live post-steroid era, Davis is and will continue to be questioned, especially as he closes in on the 61 mark.  Anytime he is asked about it, he says he is not using.  Really, do you expect him to sit there and say “Yes, I am using PED’s”?  Likely not.  I just think it is completely absurd that the question is even being raised at this point.

Many people are looking for the “Lebron James” of Major League Baseball.  How the hell are you going to find a guy like that?   The second someone glances at a record they are being questioned for using.  What kind of credit does that give anyone playing the game?  Even Lebron’s image would be tainted if people were questioning him about using PED’s.  The only player comparison baseball has with basketball right now is Yasiel Puig to Jeremy Lin, minus the clever punchlines.  I honestly hope that Puig ends up making a name for himself, but for now there is no Lebron James of Major League Baseball.  This trend will likely continue until people stop accusing record chasers of using steroids.  Guilty until proven innocent is a bunch of nonsense:  WhatTheHOFF?

 

Sources:

http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-chris-davis-home-run-record-20130715,0,450667.story

http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/stats/_/id/29170/chris-davis

http://www.bohemianbaseball.com/cloud-of-suspicion-gathering-around-chris-davis/

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