Hall of Famers are disappointed

Needless to say, Rafael Palmeiro has disappointed all of us — myself, his team, the fans and baseball in particular. Jose Canseco’s book is looking better all the time. Now we also know the steroid that Palmeiro took. It is all starting to fit together. In May, they were talking about releasing Palmeiro for not hitting and all of a sudden he just got it back together and started hitting and now we discovered that he has tested positive for steroids.<p>

Rafael

For me, the weakest answer he could have provided is that "I did  not knowingly ever take steroids." My suggestion to him is not only to come clean with Congress but also to come clean with the public. There is no reason he can’t come clean. He would not be violating any confidentiality policy. Major League Baseball and the Players Association can’t say a thing. Obviously someone leaked it from somewhere and that’s too bad, but I don’t think we would have ever known if it was not disclosed.

I understand there are two Bills in Congress — one by Jim Bunning and one by John McCain. It looks like this is going to come to fruition one of these days when Congress is going to set the law for steroids and they’ll be a lot tougher than they are now. Ten days is not the right number of days. I’m thinking if Congress does it, the penalty will be two years for the first offense and a lifetime ban for the second offense.

Palmeiro owes the fans an explanation. Stanozolol is something you can’t buy over the counter so Palmeiro’s argument gets even weaker. You have to know what you put in your body. I’m getting tired of hearing people say they didn’t knowingly put anything into their body. That’s the weakest answer.

If there is another side of the story, then we, the public, would sure like to know it in a hurry. There are a lot of disappointed Hall of Famers.

This Week

My wife Connie and I left Cooperstown and drove to Traverse City, where I’m doing an appearance for Ernst & Young. Ernst & Young sponsors the Baseball As America traveling exhibit. The exhibit goes to 12 different cities. It started in New York a couple years ago and has traveled to such places as the Smithsonian and this year to St. Louis and Houston. It goes to Oakland next, and it will be coming to the Detroit area in March. This is a wonderful exhibit and anyone in the area should visit it. It talks about everything that has happened in baseball for the last 100 years. Ernst &Young has been a wonderful supporter of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

After Traverse City, I’ll be on my way to Detroit for a family wedding. In the meantime, I look forward to reading more of your comments here on my MLBlog, and please be sure to visit my official website at brooksrobinson.com to see what’s over there.

5 Comments

Mr. Robinson,

As a young man watching my team, the St. Louis Cardinals and listening to Jack Buck on KMOX, I never thought we’d come to this sad state of baseball.

People like you played baseball because you loved it. Probably still do. I do. I loved watching the games and I loved listening to them on the radio all through the late 60’s and the 70’s.

Now I get every game on TV, but I still listen to the radio a lot.

The money has spoiled the players. It has become too big for it’s britches.

Like Mama said, ” A man shouldn’t get above his raisin’. ”

We’ve taken average and sometimes well below average human beings and made them too big for their raisin’.

Sorry that drugs, alcohol and money have invaded and taken over our once proud pastime.

Thanks for the years that you and your peers gave us. It was special. We’re only finding out now how special it was.

Mike Sigers

Mr Robinson,
Lifelong Oriole fan and Brooks fan. Would like to ask you a question? We have a very unique photo of you in our home and it is signed by you with the notation “The Human Vaccum Cleaner”. Would you ever sign with this caption or is this a fake?

Thanks

Kevin

Dear Mr. Robinson,

I completely agree with your sentiments for many reasons. I am a 33 old professional who still plays baseball on weekends. I grew up in Nicaragua, where we had a “community” bat, and shared gloves for fielding on rocky grounds. I was blessed to have been able to migrate to the us at age 12 and play ball here as well. It just insults me how the sport has become a business, and how the players now look at themselves and their gifts as “investments” where they feel they must make the most money possible through any means possible, which results on steroid use as means to get stronger, or remain healthy. Did they forget where they came from? I can see where these events insult you and make you sad. It also saddens me and makes me long for other times, when we looked forward to getting better through only hardwork and determination. By the way I want to thank you for inspiring me to become a third basemen, I always remember your style and grace on the field.

Dear Mr. Robinson,
I had the pleasure of meeting you in Cleveland at a show recently and want to say I wish more of today’s athletes were like you and your fellow peers. I am a 28 year old business man and I also coach a local High School Varsity Baseball Team. I love the game of baseball and the history that goes with it. I get disappointed when I mention a players name like Harmon Killerbrew, Duke Snider or Brooks Robinson to my players and they do not know who I am talking about. They love talking about the big hitters and how many home runs someone hit last night. I hate what is happening with the game of baseball and hope they get things back the way the need and should be. I do not want to see a guy’s record go down to someone who may or may not have used steroids. My Uncle and grandfather were huge Orioles fans and talked about you all the time with me. I wish I could have seen you play. Again, thanks for taking the time to meet with your fans on this website and at shows across the country.

Thanks,

Jason

It seems like the only guys who’re willing to speak-out against Palmeiro’s hypocrisy are former players from the pre-steroid era. I don’t know whether the current players are afraid to break some unwritten/unspoken players’ code, or whether things like this have just become so common-place that they’re not shocked anymore, but I’d like to hear more of ’em speak up.
It’s always good to hear guys like you (former players who conducted themselves with dignity and integrity) speak out against the cancer (steroids) that is killing baseball.

You’ve got a great blog here and it’s nice to know that you still care enough about your fans to interact with us.

Thanks,

Scott

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