Doug Glanville on baseball’s ‘existential crisis’ 

February 1, 2020 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: baseball, journalism, writing.

Baseball’s cheating scandal, which I mentioned in the newsletter a couple of weeks ago, seems to have come and gone in the relative blink of an eye. A couple of days of headlines, perpetrators punished, a few days of comment and commentary, and we’re done.

Let’s move on.

But some of us want to shout, “Hey, wait a minute! These guys CHEATED!”

This is a big deal. It happened in the World Series after all. The guys who won cheated. Doesn’t that deserve more investigation, more punishment, maybe even some soul-searching? Remember the Black Sox scandal? That happened a hundred years ago, and we’re still hearing about it.

It is, of course, to Major League Baseball’s corporate advantage to have this thing swept under the rug or treated like a one-off, but is that really honest? Does that do baseball the long-term good that it needs?

I can’t claim that Doug Glanville, former Philadelphia Phillie and now a college prof and superb commentator for the New York Times, feels as I do, but I did get some sense of deep disappointment when I read his recent column concerning the scandal.

What the Houston Astros did when they cheated calls into question the whole sense of fair play that every game, not just baseball, depends on.

Getting to the top in baseball is not just a matter of being on top, he writes.

 It has to matter how you get there, how you respected the road that was paved before you arrived and how you lay down a foundation for a future game. The pinnacle is meant to be a temporary space because of the spirit of competition and the revolving door of time, but it only is human when you prioritize the importance of ensuring that the game’s greatest achievements can only be acquired through fair play. Source: Opinion | Baseball’s Existential Crisis – The New York Times

If there isn’t fair play, nothing else matters.

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