• Chass Not Piazza’s Champion

    Posted by on June 15th, 2012 · Comments (4)

    (No Sam pun intended.) Here’s what Murray Chass has recently offered on Mike Piazza and his new book -

    The moment of truth is set for Mike Piazza. His book, “Long Shot,” is scheduled for publication next February, the publisher, Simon & Schuster, said Thursday.

    About six hours after my column about Piazza and other steroids suspects was posted on this site, an aide to Bob Bender, the book’s editor, called with the answer to the question I asked a day earlier. Because the book had been in the works for three years or so, I sought to learn its status.

    Now I know, and while I am not a conspiracy theorist, I smell a conspiracy here.

    The only question relevant to pre-publication is does Piazza write about steroids and if so, what does he write? No one is giving away that information. But sometime last year a Piazza associate said he would cover his entire career, whatever that means.

    It seemed unlikely that the former catcher would admit to steroid use and jeopardize, even for an $800,000 advance, his chances of being elected to the Hall of Fame. The publisher, however, will not issue the book until after the Hall of Fame results are known.

    I wonder what the Hall of Fame would do if something negative, like PED use, was disclosed after a player was elected? I’m guessing that there’s not much that they would do? In fact, maybe they would welcome it? Once there’s a known PED user in the Hall, then it makes it easier down the line for others with this in their history to get in…

    Comments on Chass Not Piazza’s Champion

    1. Evan3457
      June 15th, 2012 | 1:01 pm

      The Hall of Fame has no expulsion mechanism.

    2. MJ Recanati
      June 15th, 2012 | 1:58 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      The Hall of Fame has no expulsion mechanism.

      Nor should it, if I may editorialize.

    3. June 15th, 2012 | 2:13 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      The Hall of Fame has no expulsion mechanism.

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      Nor should it, if I may editorialize.

      I don’t know…

      Say someone is elected to the Hall of Fame. And, then, afterwards it’s found out that they were part of the plot to blow up the White House, and, once that news was found out, he went on a shooting spree and killed 29 kids in a day care center.

      You really think the people in Cooperstown are going to leave his plaque up there an honor his work on the baseball field?

    4. MJ Recanati
      June 15th, 2012 | 2:39 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      The Baseball Hall of Fame is to educate fans and to help celebrate the game of baseball. What individuals did on their own time, outside of the game, is irrelevant.

      Among current Hall of Famers you have drug addicts and alcoholics, wife beaters, philanderers, Klansmen, degenerate gamblers, anti-Semites, and any other lousy attribute you can ascribe to humanity. While I wouldn’t particularly wish to honor or celebrate a terrorist or mass murderer, those actions would nevertheless not take away from that individual’s baseball accomplishments. We can think less of that person but that wouldn’t change the fact that he was deemed to be a great baseball player.

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