Quote of the Day: Bob Gibson re: steroids

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Guys have always been cheating. Period. It just takes a little
different form today. I’m just glad they didn’t have steroids when I
was playing. I don’t know what I would have done. It’s very difficult
to go out and perform when you know the guy next to you is taking
steroids or some kind of drug to make you perform better and not do it
yourself, to let this guy get an edge on you . . .

. . . I don’t know that I really criticize the guys. Whoever the
first guy is that started it, that’s the guy I criticize. The rest of
the guys just followed suit. I don’t think its OK. I’m not sanctioning
it, but I understand why it happens.

Hall of Famer Bob Gibson
(link launches a podcast), stating that while he thinks steroids is a
bad idea and shouldn’t be in baseball, the players shouldn’t be
vilified for trying to keep up with the competition. How reasonable.
Why is it that so few other people can apply a similar brand of reason to the steroids debate?

Kendrys Morales pitched a scoreless inning Sunday

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Nothing went right for the Blue Jays this weekend. The club was swept in a four-game series against the Athletics, including a 9-2 loss on Sunday. Not wanting to burn out his bullpen in a lopsided game — and perhaps thinking about the general entertainment value involved — Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decided to send designated hitter Kendrys Morales out to pitch the ninth inning. And in typical baseball fashion, he saw better results than some of the dudes who do this all the time.

Morales, who actually pitched in Cuba nearly 20 years ago, worked around a walk for a scoreless inning. He induced three fly outs and topped out at 87.4 mph on his fastball, per Brooks Baseball. He received a standing ovation on the way back to the dugout. Morales hasn’t been hearing that sort of thing for his contributions with the bat recently.

Morales, 34, is batting just .163/.248/.279 with three home runs through 32 games this season. There’s been some understandable clamoring for top prospect Vladmir Guerrero, Jr. to cut into his at-bats. For his part, Morales has been doing everything he can to break out of his slumber at the plate, including ditching the glasses he started wearing during spring training. Hey, whatever works. Morales also had two of Toronto’s four hits on Sunday.

On the heels of Morales’ first MLB appearance on the mound, it feels rather appropriate that the Blue Jays will get their first look at Angels sensation Shohei Ohtani — at least as a hitter — beginning on Tuesday.