If players and fans do not like Rodriquez because of his lying and steroid use, it is understandable. But remember that he is only in the league because Major League Baseball and the baseball players’ union have allowed it.
Dempster is a veteran pitcher. He knows that it was his union that fought for, and won, the appeals process that put Alex Rodriquez on the field during the investigation. The league wound up suspending Dempster.
The most vocal critic of the Rodriquez situation has been Boston pitcher John Lackey. Lackey has an earned run average (ERA) of 3.17 (as of Sunday), which is very good. Dempster’s ERA is an uncomfortable 4.77. Did the Red Sox tell Lackey to hold off on any intentional infractions so they could have Dempster plunk Rodriquez instead?
It seems like a conspiracy theory, but Boston knew a suspension would follow. Why not have the most ineffective starter on your staff be the fall guy? They also may have figured the Yankees would respond by having C.C. Sabathia retaliate, a good way to get the New York ace out of the rotation for a start as well. But Sabathia and the Yankees let it go.
The flaws are in the administration of the game. The league seems far more interested in expanding instant replay and futzing with the playoff system than enforcing common sense rules about performance enhancing drugs.
Why can't this league simply say that all contracts are null and void when a player is found guilty of using banned substances? How weak is a league that cannot enforce that rule?
If players are angry at Rodriquez, they better take a look at themselves; it is their union that allowed for this circus. A commissioner like Kenesaw Mountain Landis, commissioner from 1920-1944, would have banned everyone on that list. Any players who want to strike would also have been replaced.
It would take three years to have top quality players back in the majors, but the league would be clean afterward. The league allowed for this, and the Boston Red Sox (who are not without sticky hands in this controversy) are way off on the way they handled this.
Good for Rockaway
The extended use of the Rockaway ferry for residents commuting to and from Manhattan is one of the best moves the city has made in response to the hurricane.
Of course, getting homeowners back home and helping them rebuild is the most important part of the recovery process, but Rockaway residents are too close to Manhattan to make that dreadful rail commute to the city every day.
The ferry will most likely not continue beyond 2014, but this part of the city deserves all of the subsidies they can get to make life easier. I supported the idea of a ferry back in 2000 as an Assembly candidate, and I still love the notion of making commuting easier.
The service will not be around long enough to see the impact on the Rockaways with such improved transportation, but it would be great to see what businesses would sprout up and what the real estate market would look like because of permanent ferry service.