“It bothers me. A lot of Hall of
Famers are very offended by this. I am starting to get affected and I
am hoping that those guys that get caught don’t get into the Hall of
A day after Bob Gibson told ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” how conflicted he and many other players would feel
if steroids were around during his era, a nuanced and surprising
sentiment that he also told Bob Costas last summer, Reggie Jackson chimes in with your stock “steroids are bad” call-and-response.
Jackson, currently 12th on the all-time list with 563 home runs, does
have reason to be peeved, as he has already been jumped by Barry Bonds,
Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Alex Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro in recent
Who’s hot on his heels now? Jim Thome — who has never been
connected to anything, by the way, which needs to be made clear — has
555 career homers while Manny Ramirez has 536.
Houston made one unexpected change to the roster for the ALDS, leaving off veteran reliever Chad Qualls.
Qualls warmed up but never appeared in the Wild Card game win over the Yankees and during the regular season the 36-year-old right-hander logged 49 innings with a 4.38 ERA and 46/9 K/BB ratio. Qualls was on the Astros’ last playoff team in 2005.
Utility man Jonathan Villar has been bumped off the roster in favor of outfielder Preston Tucker, as the Astros opted for a good left-handed bat off the bench versus the Royals rather than Villar’s speed.
It’s been a tough season for the mythology of Jonny Gomes‘ veteran clubhouse savior reputation.
First he signed with the rebuilding Braves and performed poorly while Atlanta fell apart after a surprisingly decent start. Then he was traded to the Royals, for whom he played just 12 games and hit .167. And now Kansas City has left Gomes off the ALDS roster.
It makes sense, though. Gomes’ only real use to the Royals would be as a pinch-hitter versus left-handed pitching, but manager Ned Yost rarely pinch-hits and will no doubt be more willing to use 25th man Terrance Gore as a pinch-runner in the late innings.
Beyond that, not many surprises on the Royals’ roster for their series against the Astros. They went with 11 pitchers, which means both Chris Young and Kris Medlen are on the roster. Jeremy Guthrie is not.