The difference between good cheating and bad cheating

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USA Today’s Christine Brennan on A-Rod, in a column which argues that A-Rod’s PED use should cause Major League Baseball to dock him home runs:

During those three tainted seasons in Texas, A-Rod hit
more home runs than in any other three-year period of his 17-year
career: 52 in 2001, 57 in 2002 and 47 in 2003. (Are there really still
people out there who think performance-enhancing drugs don’t affect home
run totals?)

So, the years he admitted to cheating yielded 156 home runs. From there, we can do the math: 600 minus 156 equals 444.

USA Today’s Christine Brennan on the New England Patriots’ video tape cheating scandal from a few years ago:

But no one should be surprised. There’s cheating in the NFL? That’s
news? Wouldn’t it be more newsworthy if there were no cheating in the
NFL? New England, in particular, has developed a bit of a history for
this kind of antic. Once every 25 years, the Patriots produce a head
coach who decides that he must use all the technology available to him
to win a football game.

I could not find any sentiment on Brennan’s part to deprive the Patriots of their Super Bowl titles back then.  I’m curious as to what has changed.

Report: Braves sign Kurt Suzuki

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 20: Kurt Suzuki #8 of the Minnesota Twins hits against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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The Braves reportedly have a deal in place with free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal adds that the contract is for one year, $1.5 million with up to $2.5 million in additional incentives.

Suzuki, 33, completed a three-year track with the Twins in 2016, slashing .258/.301/.403 with eight home runs in 373 PA. The veteran backstop likely won’t provide an offensive or defensive upgrade over current starter Tyler Flowers, but should give the Braves some depth at a position they’ve been looking to strengthen since the start of the offseason.

The team has yet to confirm the deal.

Jason Kipnis could join Team Israel for 2017 World Baseball Classic

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians throws during batting practice prior to Game Seven of the 2016 World Series against the Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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With the 2017 World Baseball Classic around the corner, Team Israel has reportedly reached out to Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, per MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. Tournament rules stipulate that a player’s roster eligibility can be achieved in one of several ways: they were born in the country in question or hold citizenship/permanent legal residence there (or are simply capable of qualifying for citizenship), or one of their parents was born in the country or holds citizenship/permanent legal residence there.

For Kipnis, it’s the latter. Kipnis’ father, Mark Kipnis, is Jewish. That gives Kipnis the status he needs to suit up for Team Israel, despite the fact that he is a practicing Roman Catholic. He has yet to confirm or deny his participation in the competition.

Fifteen players have confirmed for Team Israel so far, including Mets’ infielder/outfielder Ty Kelly and free agents Sam Fuld, Nate Freiman, Jason Marquis and Jeremy Bleich. Per MLB.com’s Chad Thornburg, eight minor leaguers will also appear for the team. Like Kipnis, at least three other major leaguers are eligible for Team Israel’s roster but have yet to accept or decline involvement in the WBC: Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson, Mariners infielder/outfielder Danny Valencia and free agent left-hander Craig Breslow.