Bob Gibson on steroids: "I think I would have been tempted"

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Hey Bob Gibson! Would you have considered using steroids?

“Absolutely. I’m just happy they weren’t available (when he
played), because if I knew somebody else was doing it and appeared to
be getting an edge, I think I have would have been tempted.”

Gibson
is also less than impressed with the Jack Clarks and Whitey Herzogs of
the world, as well as the reporters who keep playing the “this is going
to be a distraction” card:

“Those two (Herzog, Clark) aren’t in the Cardinals family. I
don’t think that’s going to be an issue with anybody other than between
McGwire and them — which it probably should be. I don’t think it’s
their place to criticize him the way they did.  There’s always going to be somebody asking a whole bunch of questions
but I don’t think the fans are that involved with it. What gets under their skin is reporters constantly delving into it. If
the reporters leave it alone, the fans will leave it alone. That’s just
the way I see it.”

Obviously people disagree on this stuff, but since Bob Gibson is the man who once told Tim McCarver to shut up in the middle of a ballgame, I’m more likely to see the world the way he sees it.

Report: Red Sox, J.D. Martinez close to a deal

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox and outfielder J.D. Martinez are close to a deal. He takes care to note that the deal is not done yet and the details are not known yet.

Martinez, 30, entered the offseason as the top free agent hitter. Last season, between the Tigers and Diamondbacks, he hit a lusty .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 489 plate appearances. He missed the first 33 games of the season with a sprained right foot; one wonders what his numbers might’ve been like if he hadn’t been injured.

The Red Sox were the team most strongly linked to Martinez throughout the offseason, despite the relatively slow-moving market. Martinez said he wants to play in the outfield and the Red Sox are currently spoken for at all three positions with Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley, and Mookie Betts. Hanley Ramirez is also penciled in at DH. Should the Martinez deal become official, the Red Sox may try to trade Bradley and move Benintendi to center field. If Martinez is willing to concede his outfield wishes, the Red Sox could slot him in at DH and move Ramirez to first base.

The AL East is shaping up to be a familiar two-horse race between the Red Sox and Yankees. The addition of Martinez, in a way, answers the Yankees’ addition of Giancarlo Stanton.