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NL pennant races heating up


National League pennant races are gearing up as the calendar is just days away from turning to September marking the beginning of baseball’s stretch run.

Seven different teams are within five games of a playoff spot in the NL so there should be a laundry list of meaningful games played over the final month of the season.

Although no teams are mathematically eliminated at this point, only six teams have greater than 10% chance of making the playoffs according to www.coolstandings.com. The Colorado Rockies, who have won five of their past six, have jumped on the wagon and pulled within 4.5 games of the Wild Card lead.

With only four teams making the playoffs we should expect some exciting neck-to-neck races as the season winds down into post-season.

NL East:

Competitors and Their Playoff Chances:

Atlanta Braves: 89.2%

Philadelphia Phillies: 52.7%

Stretch Run Outlook:

The Florida Marlins are a distant third at 9.5 games back in the NL East so this looks like a two team race.

Atlanta and Philadelphia have both been struggling a little over the past week. The Braves were swept by Colorado, including the game they imploded, blowing a nine-run lead, yet they ended up gaining half a game in the standings because the Phillies lost four straight games to Houston.

Injuries have played a big part in this race, as both teams have seen star players including Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Jason Heyward and Martin Prado go down. Currently, Ryan Howard is still on the DL for the Phillies and franchise cornerstone Chipper Jones will miss the remainder of the season for the Braves.

Both teams will play plenty of division games down the stretch. The Phillies end the season with 25 straight against division foes and the Braves play 18 in a row against the NL East. Additionally, the two teams will meet for six games the rest of the way, including a crucial three game series from October 1-3 in Atlanta to end the season.

Over the course of the remainder of the year the teams should stay close, meaning the division will be decided in the final series between the two clubs. In the end, I give the edge to the Braves. They have a much better run differential on the season, and if the division does come down to one final series, the Braves will be at home where they have the best record in baseball.

NL Central:

Competitors and Their Playoff Chances:

Cincinnati Reds: 88.8%

St. Louis Cardinals: 39.2%

Stretch Run Outlook:

The Reds have opened up a five game lead on the division, but surprisingly have a worse run differential than the Cardinals on the season.

Going down the stretch, the biggest question mark will be whether or not the Reds pitching staff (specifically their starters) can hold up. Johnny Cueto and Bronson Arroyo are probably the worst 1-2 combination of the six teams closest to the playoffs, and Edinson Volquez has struggled since returning from the DL.

Additionally, Mike Leake (who has already fizzled out over the long season), Travis Wood and Homer Bailey are inexperienced and may not be able to handle the pressures of a pennant race.

One interesting sub-plot of these teams battling it out over the remainder of the season is the possible Triple Crown battle between Albert Pujols and Joey Votto. Both are in the top three of all the Triple Crown categories, and will have to battle with each other and Carlos Gonzalez for a chance to accomplish the historic feat.

Despite the Reds questionable starting rotation, I don’t think the Cardinals will be able to close the gap. The two teams play their final series with each other this coming weekend, and the Cardinals will have to win or sweep the series if they want to have any chance of overtaking the Reds for the division lead.

NL West:
Competitors and Their Playoff Chances:

San Diego Padres: 92.5%

San Francisco Giants: 31.1%

Colorado Rockies: 3.9%

While the Rockies are still within five games of a playoff spot, their chances of winning the NL West are extremely thin. They just came off a big sweep of the Braves and proceeded to take two of three from the Dodgers to keep a slim hope of the playoffs alive.

The Padres have opened a five game lead over the Giants, although neither of those teams are playing extremely well right now; in fact, no team in the National League has won more than six of their past 10 games.

The Padres pitching staff has been carrying the team all year long, and while their starters have been phenomenal their bullpen has been even better. Heath Bell, Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams, Tim Stauffer, Joe Thatcher and Ernesto Frieri all have ERA’s below 3.00.

While I like the addition of Jose Guillen to the Giants offense, they too will need to rely on pitching if they are to make it to the playoffs. Both Tim Lincecum (5.17 ERA) and Barry Zito (4.72) have struggled since the All-Star break.

The Giants and Padres have seven games remaining against each other, including a three game set in San Francisco on the last three days of the season. Although I like the Giants offense better and think Lincecum will improve on his terrible second half, the Padres will win this division and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was over before the teams met for their last series of the season.

Wild Card Race:

Unlike the American League, the National League is setting up to have a heated race to the Wild Card. The Phillies currently lead the way by 1.5 games over the Giants, 3 games over the Cardinals and 4.5 games over the Rockies.

If my division predictions hold, those four teams will be competing for one final playoff spot as we get closer to October. Of the four teams, the Cardinals have the best run differential and have allowed the fewest runs this season. The Rockies have the highest scoring offense, and the two frontrunners have shown to be solid all-around teams.

Down the stretch teams typically play more games within their division, which his bad news for San Francisco, which has a losing record against the NL West. The Phillies have been terrific against the NL East (19-9) and end the season with 25 games against divisional opponents.

I think that the Phillies will ultimately win the Wild Card, as they are currently in the lead and have played great against their division. The team has dealt with injuries all year and should be playing its best baseball down the stretch as most of their starters are playing every day once again.

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 Along with contributing to Sports Climax, Brett Kettyle is the Atlanta Braves Community Leader on Bleacher Report and maintains a Braves column for MTR Media. Follow Brett on Twitter.

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Roger Clemens arrives to court early


Roger Clemens reportedly arrived early for his arraignment in Washington, DC on Monday. Perhaps he was hoping to push up the time of his court appearance scheduled for 2 pm EDT. He’s got places to go and people to see, don’t you know? After his arraignment he is reportedly taking a private jet with wife Debbie in tow and traveling to Myrtle Beach, SC.

There, he and Debbie are expected to participate in a Golf.com amateur tournament.

Arrangements are already in place for him to arrive late and play his round with an event official to make sure he scores his round in an ethical manner. The tournament is accommodating him because they understand his previous engagement today is difficult, sometimes impossible to reschedule.

Clemens will stand up in U.S. Federal District in front of Judge Reggie Walton and take a plea. He can waive the reading of the charges against him to make it a more speedy process. They consist of six felony counts of perjury, making false statements and obstruction of Congress, all arising out of his 2008 testimony in front of a Congressional committee.

To help Roger fight the charges as he has sworn to do, The Rocket added a major player to his legal team. Michael Attanasio, a former federal prosecutor turned private trial lawyer will stand by his side. Rusty Hardin, the good old boy lawyer who managed the process that landed Clemens where he is today has not been dismissed. If he had a shred of feeling left for his client he would bow out and let the big dog maneuver the rest of the way.

Attanasio, whose time as a federal prosecutor was served in DC, knows his way around the place. He may still have friends in that local office but at the very least, he understands the process. Attanasio is not there to engage in a plea bargain negotiation because there is not one available any longer. That ship sailed after the indictment was made public. It will be Attanasio’s job to assure his client that he can produce either a not guilty verdict or a hung jury.

He is expected to issue multiple subpoenas for an obscene amount of relevant documents and to make life miserable for those that will testify against Clemens. That’s his job now and for his work he will be paid a pretty penny. But money is not the issue here; it’s all about keeping Roger Clemens out of prison. For that, Roger Clemens will spend his last dime, not that he will have to.

If he’s still being chauffeured to high profile golf tournaments, he’s still got some folks who think he’s a sympathetic figure and will pay him appearance fees.

Hit ‘em straight Roger.

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles. 

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Strasburg,sinking of the S.S. National


In the Major League satire feature films we never got confirmation from characters Pedro Cerrano or Eddie Harris as to whether or not Jesus could hit a curve ball. It is, however, confirmed in the real Major League Baseball world that the Washington Nationals “Savior” is unable to save himself from Tommy John surgery.

Stephen Strasburg showed the world what unique talent he possessed the first time he stepped on the mound in Nationals Park on June 8 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The most hyped rookie in the history of MLB proved his believers right and dazzled a national television audience, dominating the Pirates while striking out 14 hitters in seven innings.

While the youngster conquered and it was a classic case of a star being born overnight, what concerned a lot of MLB fans was the upside-down arm action that Strasburg threw with.

Fast-forward to August from that debut night against Pittsburgh and things have certainly changed. It appears that instead of pulling the Nats out of the basement in 2011, Strasburg will instead be rehabbing and working toward returning from Tommy John surgery.

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper pointed Strasburg’s problematic delivery out after his first stint on the DL, comparing him to Kerry Wood and Mark Prior, two promising pitchers who never lived up to their hype due to a laundry list of injuries.

Despite the Nationals best efforts to protect Strasburg’s golden arm (they were going to cut him off at 160 innings and kept his pitch counts limited in the starts he made) he is now facing 12 to 18 months of rehab. That means we may not see Strasburg until Spring Training 2012.

Regardless of what the Nats did, pitching is a violent and unnatural motion, and players with certain deliveries will be more apt to get hurt no matter what measures are taken.

Strasburg’s injury is a huge blow to the Nationals. The organization has spent its time in D.C. as an irrelevant bottom-feeder in the National League East. Although they are heading toward another last place finish in 2010, Strasburg represented a future and hope; making the team and fans believe they would soon be competitive.

While it’s possible that the best case scenario suggests Strasburg could be ready to go in September 2011, the team would be incredibly dumb to rush him back since they will likely once again be far away from the pennant race.

Strasburg himself is determined to come back from the injury as quick as possible. He said, “right now I want to be the best at rehabbing and getting back out [there].”

Hopefully when he does, he brings the same heat and a bender that would even make Jesus’ knees buckle.  

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 Along with contributing to Sports Climax, Brett Kettyle is the Atlanta Braves Community Leader on Bleacher Report and maintains a Braves column for MTR Media. Follow Brett on Twitter.

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“Bark in the Park” in MLB


Bark in the Park will make its debut at Dodger Stadium and for those of you who have not heard of it, it has nothing to do with the performance of the players on the field.

In conjunction with their sponsor Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. the Los Angeles Dodgers are selling seats for pet owners and their dogs. Canines will gallop through the turnstiles after their owners have plunked down an additional $25.00 for a pet ticket with a portion of the proceeds going to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles branch.

The Dodgers’ Bark in the Park Day on August 21, 2010 is one of three for the month of August in the MLB. The Dodgers are joined by the Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants who have theirs scheduled for August 29, 2010. The Cincinnati Reds are closing out the event with the final one of the season scheduled for September 14.

In L.A. there will be a rally where ticket holders will be invited to join in the Pup Parade. All pets and owners will be given the opportunity to stroll along the warning track inside the stadium prior to game time.

Some rules for attendees: All dog owners must bring a copy of a current vaccination documents from a licensed veterinarian. Pet must wear an identification tag to gain entrance to Dodger Stadium. Each dog must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older. Attendees must bring a signed copy of the Bark in the Park release waiver to gain admittance to the ballpark.

If any of the fans situated in the designated Right Field Pavilion where the animals will sit aren’t happy about sharing the space with dogs and their owners, they will be moved to another section.

Concerned about stepping in a doggie accident?

These stadiums have made plans for that as well. Natural Balance has experience in staging these events and will provide clean-up service.

For more information on the Dodgers’ event, to view a copy of the release waiver and check out details on “Bark in the Park,” check out the Dodgers website, here.

Fans of the Chicago White Sox, Florida Marlins, Houston Astros, NY Mets and Oakland A’s will have to wait for next season since those event dates have passed but details for the other remaining dates throughout the league can be found below.

Atlanta Braves – Bark in the Park: August 29 vs. Florida

San Francisco Giants – Dog Days of Summer: August 29 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Cincinnati Reds – Bark in the Park: September 14 vs. the Diamondbacks

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles. 

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Most Bizarre Moment In MLB History


ST LOUIS – On August 19, 1951, the Detroit Tigers played the St. Louis Browns at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis in a game that many believe provided one of the most bizarre moments in MLB history.

During the second game of a double-header, Brown’s owner Bill Veeck inserted Chicago-born Eddie Gaedel into the line-up to pinch hit.

Unusual? In this case it was . . . Gaedel was a midget who  stood 3 feet 7 inches tall.

The crowd of over 18,000 rose to their feet to give the little newcomer a standing ovation as the shortest man to ever play in a MLB game waddled to the plate. Gaedel, who was wearing a St. Louis uniform donning the number 1/8 and a pair of elf shoes, stepped into the batter’s box.

The Tigers immediately protested the move and after a long, heated conference with both teams and the umpires, it was determined that Veeck had covered all the league’s requirements and it was legal for Gaedel to bat.

Bob Cain was on the mound for the Tigers and had the challenge of hitting Gaedel’s one-and-a-half inch strike zone. Nearly an impossible feat, Cain delivered four consecutive balls, walking Gaedel triggering a roar of approval from the crowd.

Gaedel was replaced by a pinch-runner and the Tigers eventually won the game 6-2.

Veeck was verbally reprimanded the following day by the American League office and Gaedel’s contract was voided by the league.

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Roger Clemens indicted for perjury


Roger Clemens, former MLB pitcher, is back in the news and the news isn’t good.

According to a report in the New York Times, Clemens will be indicted by a grand jury in Washington, D.C. for lying under oath in front of Congress during steroid investigations in 2008.

He strutted into Washington, DC, arm and arm with the architect of his strategy, his attorney, Rusty Hardin. With cameras trailing him through the halls of Congress he met individually with some members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Then he testified under oath that he never used performance enhancing drugs, including being injected with Human Growth Hormone.

That performance followed one on CBS’ 60 Minutes during which Clemens did what we have seen from others in his position. He told a network news person that he was clean as a whistle and was shocked that his friend and former trainer Brian McNamee would tell such lies. It’s one thing to lie to the 60 Minutes’ host but it’s another to think you can get away with it under oath.

Many believe that the road show was a way to counter the media storm produced by the publication of MLB’s “Mitchell Report” about the use of steroids and other performance enhancers by baseball players. Clemens was one of those named in the report, based on the tales of his former trainer, Brian McNamee.

During his testimony in 2008, McNamee said that he injected Clemens with HGH and even kept medical waste, including a used syringe to prove that it had come into contact with the pitcher’s DNA. He stood in and took every shot by some Congress members who clearly thought he was trying to defame Clemens who, in their eyes was a national treasure.

Others, however, gave Clemens a good old fashioned grilling and it was then he uttered the words that will be the center piece of an indictment. He came off as so unbelievable that the committee chair suggested that a federal probe be commenced to look into whether he had perjured himself.

McNamee was under investigation by federal prosecutors for procuring and distributing substances that were either illegal or illegal to have without a medical prescription. In exchange for leniency in what they promised would be a tidy sum of years in prison, he went on the record about Clemens.

Rusty Hardin didn’t stop there however. Athletes who refute claims against them are judged by whether they are willing to sue the snitch. Thus, a defamation suit was filed against McNamee, which has twice been gutted by the presiding judge. Hardin used to strut around like a peacock, telling the world that his client would never be indicted. I’d say Clemens got some bad advice, just my opinion of course.

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles. 

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K-Rod busted after pulling out can a’ whoop-ass


Another New York athlete became a Jock Behind Bars member after Mets pitcher Francisco Rodriguez was busted and accused of pulling a can a’ whoop-ass out on his girlfriend’s father.

That can a’ whoop-ass was said to include hitting the victim in the face several times and banging the victim’s head against a wall. The incident led to K-Rod in handcuffs cheesing for a mugshot and charges being filed.

The altercation is said to have taken place at Citi Field shortly after Wednesday night’s game and include third-degree assault and second-degree harassment.

The Mets responded by suspending their 28-year-old closer for two days while a Queen’s courtroom set the next court date for the player for September 14.

Doing the math associated with the two-game sit-down equates to $125,683 according to ESPN, our “world leader in sports.”

“Ownership and the organization are very disappointed in Francisco’s inappropriate behavior and we take this matter very seriously,” said Mets exec Jeff Wilpon.

The New York D.A. handling the case described the incident and said other violent outbursts between K-Rod and his girlfriend are being investigated in South America and California:

“There seems to be a history of violence.” 

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Jay Donetelli is a Tampa-based freelance sportswriter and contributor to Sports Climax. With an opinion sharper than an Ovechkin skate blade with the sting of an Ali jab, Donetelli has a loyal cult of readers who have found a way to love him.

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Braves will debut Top 50 prospect, hurler Mike Minor


In 2008, it was Jair Jurrjens. In 2009, it was Tommy Hanson. Now 2010 is here, the Braves are in need of another rookie pitcher to fill a void, and they may have found their man.

With Kris Medlen injured and Kenshin Kawakami trying to stretch himself out after rotting away in the bullpen for the past month, Bobby Cox and the Atlanta Braves will turn to highly touted prospect Mike Minor to start game one of their series with the Houston Astros.

Their first round draft pick just a year ago, Minor has progressed extremely rapidly as expected and will be the fourth player from his draft class, following Mike Leake, Stephen Strasburg and Drew Storen, to reach the majors.

But even though he is just a year into his professional career, Minor has already given plenty of indication that he will exceed the expectations that were originally placed on him.

When the Braves originally picked him out of Vanderbilt, they thought they were getting a “safe” college arm that would rapidly rise through the organization and quickly be ready to help out at the Major League level. Some even criticized the pick, as the Braves used the seventh overall selection on a player who projected to be a reliable, but unspectacular, third starter who never would dominate or strike many batters out.

Although Minor did dominate in his first taste of professional baseball, he didn’t change many people’s opinions of him. After all he had only pitched 14 innings in 2009. Although he allowed just a single run and struck out 17 batters (while walking none), it was expected the strikeouts would decline when Minor faced stiffer competition.

2010 has turned into a coming out party for Minor. Starting at AA Mississippi, Minor quickly showed that he might have a higher ceiling than originally expected. Minor added a couple ticks to his fastball, and went from being a finesse pitcher to a dominant strikeout artist seemingly overnight.

Although his initial numbers (2-6, 4.03 ERA) at Mississippi don’t show anything special, you notice something else when you look deeper. Minor struck out an incredible 109 batters in just 87 innings and posted an FIP of just 2.78.

Although Minor’s star was quickly rising, it wasn’t until he reached AAA that everyone saw the dominant pitcher he could become. In 33.1 innings there, he has allowed just seven earned runs (good for a 1.89 ERA) and continued to strike out more than a batter per inning.

On the year as a whole, Minor has struck out 10.9 batters per inning and posted an FIP of 2.64. He has actually posted a better strikeout rate and FIP than Tommy Hanson, who finished third in Rookie of the Year voting despite being a mid-season call-up last year.

In just a year, Minor has quickly become a stud prospect in a Braves system loaded with young pitching talent (also be on the lookout for Julio Teheran next summer). He made Baseball America’s mid-season top 50, and will look to be the next young Braves pitcher, following Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson, to burst onto the scene with a terrific rookie season.

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 Along with contributing to Sports Climax, Brett Kettyle is the Atlanta Braves Community Leader on Bleacher Report and maintains a Braves column for MTR Media. Follow Brett on Twitter.

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Cubs end 7-game losing streak with 15-3 win


After losing seven consecutive games, the last two to the Milwaukee Brewers, a different Cubs team took the field yesterday. Who were these guys? Who cares? They won 15-3.

How do you start to explain this team? You can’t. There is no rhyme or reason to how these guys are playing right now, and there are so many things going on with the team, it makes it harder still to comprehend how a team can be so bad for a few games and suddenly break free like they did yesterday.

The team is now without Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot, who were traded to Los Angeles last week for Blake DeWitt and two minor leaguers, who was inserted into the lineup upon his arrival to the Cubs. Manager Lou Piniella returned to the dugout on Tuesday after taking three days to attend a family funeral in Florida. Derrek Lee rejected a trade to the Angels before the trade deadline, reportedly angering some in management.

Carlos Silva experienced a rapid heartbeat in Denver, was taken out of the game in the first inning, spent a night in a Denver hospital being monitored and is currently on the disabled list awaiting word from his doctors about when he can play again.

Carlos Zambrano returned to the team and supposedly made his apologies to his teammates. He was used as a pinch hitter in Denver over the weekend and in relief yesterday, but will return to the starting rotation on Monday in San Francisco. And Aramis Ramirez has been in and out of the lineup with a sore thumb. The team is also playing with many rookies especially in the bullpen. That’s a lot for a team that has struggled to have to deal with.

Statisticians will tell you what the team should look like on paper, but these changes and distractions have been showing in poorly executed play on the field. Perhaps now that Lou and a hopefully calmer Z are back the team can turn its full attention to the game and winning.

Everyone knows this team is going nowhere this year, and evidence of fan apathy is really settling in. Promotions for available bleacher seats are ongoing, but Tuesday night, those sitting in the bleachers had room to stretch out. Empty seats in the stands are starting to become the norm. The Cubs aren’t likely to go on a huge winning streak and suddenly find themselves in contention for a playoff spot, but they need to start winning in order to keep from ending up in the cellar.

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Miriam Romain is a Chicago-based sportswriter and national columnist covering the Chicago Cubs for Examiner.com. The Windy City native is also the Associate Editor for SBNation Chicago and has been published in the Maple Street Press Cubs annuals. In her free time, Romain is working on a book titled “Summers At Wrigley With My Dad.”

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A-Rod Finally Hits No. 600, anybody notice?


The wait is over, and we can all breathe easy.  No, the BP hasn’t gotten the oil leak completely plugged just yet.   

 The second-longest wait in America is over – Alex Rodriguez finally hit his 600th home run today, blasting a 2-run shot off Toronto’s Shaun Marcum into straightaway center field.  Luckily for the Yankees, the ball landed in a net that hangs above Monument Park, thus enabling the team to retrieve it and auction it off online.  Commemorative infield dirt, anyone? (the actual ball is pictured here).

 A-Rod becomes only the seventh player in MLB history to do so.  In addition, at age 35, he is now the youngest player to hit number 600 (Yankee legend Babe Ruth was the previous record-holder, hitting his at age 36).  While this is an impressive accomplishment, what’s even more astounding is the lack of interest in A-Rod’s home run.

Let’s face it – “A-Fraud” is probably only second behind “BALCO” Barry Bonds in terms of the fans’ least-favorite modern slugger.  Rodriguez is always going to have the stigma of prior performance enhancing drug use (or as he called it in his infamous 2009 press conference, “Boli”), so this should come as no surprise.  There has been very little buzz about #600 outside of the New York tri-state area.  And even there, some of the local media, such as ESPN’s Ian O’Connor, aren’t afraid to state this fact.

In fact, a lot of baseball fans were openly rooting for him to have a prolonged home run drought, similar to the anti-Bonds backlash as he prepared to break Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record.  The opposite was true in 1998 during the McGwire/Sosa home run “chase.”

The bottom line is that no one cares.  America in 2010 is a lot different than it was in previous decades.  The majority of sports fans don’t much care for athletes that cheat (Tiger Woods), think they’re above the law (Ben Roethlisberger) or are even the least bit narcissistic (LeBron James). 

At least now we can move on to more important things, like the story that stole A-Rod’s thunder − Brett Favre’s latest retire/un-retire debacle.  Now there’s an athlete who has his finger on the fans’ pulse.

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Chris Lardieri covers the Los Angeles Dodgers for Examiner.com and has written about Major League Baseball for Inside Edge, a scouting company that provides content to ESPN Insider and Yahoo Sports. He previously wrote for 1766, the Rutgers Alumni Magazine, and popular blog, ‘The Outer Loop’.  Be sure to follow Chris on Twitter for more MLB and sports observations.

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