Ethics Doesn’t Care That Pete Had 4,256 base hits

Pete Rose

The commissioner of Major League Baseball had a clear choice. He could have satisfied legions of fans, autograph hounds and several “on-air’s” by lifting the permanent ban on Pete Rose, or he could have taken the ethical route and respected the game enough to keep the ban in place. He chose ethics. Rob Manfred, not Pete Rose, is our hero. We are living in an era where people are more concerned with talking over each other rather than to each other and where the perception of good ethics are often […]

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Suppose Bobby Valentine is Right?

It was very intriguing to read an article by Adam Wells for the Bleacher Report (September 25, 2015), entitled: “Bobby Valentine Says He Thinks PEDs Will Eventually Become Mainstream in Sports.” Stated Mr. Valentine: “This idea that because it’s a drug, and you’re taking it from the outside, that’s bad. But there’s a lot of really good drugs out there that we do take that make us feel better and perform better, and I think these PEDs that people talk about, that are performance-enhancers, will eventually get into the mainstream.” […]

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Who Cares About a Player When They Are “Gone?”

In 2009, Sports Illustrated arrived at the statistic that 78 percent of all professional football players declare bankruptcy within a 24 month period. The statistic has been proven to be false. In April 2015, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) re-worked the numbers and found that it was more like 1.9 percent of players go bankrupt after two years, and after 12 years, it is closer to 16 percent. This news is not cause for cheering and celebration. Jordan Weissmann, writing for (April 13, 2015) pointed out a […]

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Idiot Adults Playing Kids Games

The other day I came across an online piece and naturally, the embedded clip of a fight that broke out at a baseball game in the Alaska Baseball League. I had never heard of the league, but now I know the league for a pretty good right cross thrown by one coach into the face of the other coach. Next year, if I want my MMA fix, maybe I’ll watch baseball from Alaska. Unlike MMA combatants, these two clowns would have run out of steam after a few minutes. Nevertheless, […]

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Pete Rose and the Time Bomb

We have an exercise we play at Sports Ethics, though it is hardly a game. We take a famous sports scandal, sometimes going back 75 years or more and we analyze it from an ethical perspective. In fact, we are coming out with a book on the topic in about six months. However, the intention of this blog is not to promote a book, but to mourn in a sense, arguably one of the greatest infielders who has ever lived. When we analyze a sports scandal, we go back and […]

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Hello, “Ground Control” to “Redbird!”

For the sake of clearing up any nervous questions out there, “Redbird” is the name of the St. Louis Cardinals computer network; “Ground Control” is the name of the Houston Astros computer network. Baseball has become well established in the cyber world. In fact, this post could signal the launch of a new MLB Sports Trivia Game: “Name that Network,” or maybe: “Who’s Your Hacky?” Yesterday we heard the news that the Cardinals “staff” (allegedly) hacked into the Astros database. Why? It looks like spite. It (allegedly) looks like Millennial-intern […]

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Marlins and Other Sucker Fish

Miami Marlins Uniform

As I sit here looking at the paper (yes, I still read the paper when I’m on the road), I note the Miami Marlins are in full command of the NL East basement. Right now, the best thing they have going for them is their spiffy logo. Still, they are major league ball players, many of them are multi-millionaires and they possess a skill set that most of us mere mortals can only dream about. I need to say something else at the outset of this blog without sounding like […]

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Ted Lilly: What’s Fraud Got to Do with It?


We should start with the usual boiler-plate. The charges of insurance fraud against Ted Lilly are alleged. What is not alleged is that over his 15 seasons in the MLB, pitcher Ted Lilly made around $80 million. That is, as a friend of mine likes to say, a nice chunk of change. What he has done with the $80 million is none of my business. What is also not alleged is that last year Lilly bought a $200,000 RV. That amount of money to pay for a RV kind of […]

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The Past and the Demons Catch up with Tony Bosch

The Associated Press ran a piece by Curt Anderson on October 16, 2014 (“Ex-clinic owner pleads guilty in MLB drug case”) about the former owner of Biogenesis of America, Anthony Bosch. Just a couple of years ago, this was a very big deal. It brought down some of baseball’s biggest names. Biogenesis was the Florida-based company that supplied performance-enhancing drugs to players such as Alex Rodriguez. After much legal wrangling and maneuvering, Bosch finally pleaded guilty to his role in distribution and in exchange for his cooperation with prosecution and […]

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Fanning Flames: Immature Aspirations of Greatness

In a recent article (August 5, 2014) for USA Today by Gabe Lacques entitled: “Tony Bosch to plead guilty; 9 others charged in PED bust,” we learn that: “Tony Bosch, the former director of the South Florida anti-aging clinic that became ground zero for baseball’s biggest doping scandal, was one of 10 people charged Tuesday with distributing illegal drugs to professional and high school athletes.” You will well remember Bosch; he was the big shot from the Biogenesis clinic in Coral Gables, Florida. Bosch and the others charged with distributing […]

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