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Letter: FITS Inconsistent On Steroid Issue



RE: “Hammer Falls On A-Rod

Dear Editor, I find Fits News to be a refreshing and consistent voice. Your website tackles corruption and ineptitude in state government with an entertaining and accessible tone. Fits News also tackles stories other media outlets ignore, for which I applaud you and your staff.

However, I would humbly suggest you have committed a judgmental “error” in your interpretation of the most recent steroids scandal to engulf Major League Baseball.

In your recent post recapping the scandal you conclude by saying “(b)aseball isn’t just a sport – it is America’s national pastime, and its integrity must be protected.” You then go on to opine “(MLB commissioner Bud) Selig should go a step further and strip these tainted stars of their records.”

I am curious how you reconcile this condemnatory language with your prior statements in another column supporting the legalization of drugs?

“There is absolutely no compelling reason to restrict this individual liberty (which was enjoyed by the founding fathers, it’s worth noting),” you wrote in this post. This raises a question: If you support the legalization of drugs, as you say you do, why not extend this liberty to baseball players regarding the substances they choose to put into their bodies? Moreover, as to your contention that the statistics of steroid users ought to be stripped from baseball’s record books I am also confused – did not a great number of “juiced” hitters accumulate these statistics against “juiced” pitchers? Does it all not come out in the wash?

No disrespect intended, I merely wish to raise these points given the remarkable degree of consistency with which you traditionally advocate on the issues. I await your response eagerly.



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Thanks for the kind words! And thanks for reading. You raise a REALLY good point. I guess the first thing I would point out in response is that baseball isn’t just our national pastime, it is also a workplace – and businesses get to set the rules for their employees in the workplace. Moreover, every major league baseball player has agreed to abide by these rules. Having said that, your basic point – “why shouldn’t ballplayers be free to use steroids?” – is a perfectly valid one. I’m going to have to give that some more thought for sure! Thanks for raising the issue and I look forward to similarly thought-provoking letters from you in the future!