Monday, July 15, 2013

MLB All-Star Game: 3 Big Points

The annual summer classic always represents a natural pause in the season. Let's look at three BIG points that are affecting the game this season:

3. The resurgent Boston Red Sox took a page from the Oakland Athletics' book (to a degree) by shedding salary since last season. 

While Shane Victorino was given $13 million for the next three seasons, the 'Sahx' retooled in rapid fashion and currently front the AL East. Their 58 wins also lead the major leagues at the break.

2. Speaking about the A's...there they are atop the AL West with 56 wins and a payroll of $61.9 million. 

1. Bud Selig is set to retire in January 2015. His legacy as Baseball Commissioner matters to him. For that reason and the 'integrity of the game' he apparently is going to impose some type of penalty on past/current PED abusers. 

This dramatic event will happen after the All-Star game, surely involve paid outrage from many players' attorneys and set a precedent moving forward. 

Hopefully, with whatever transpires, a deterrent is created. This issue must be contained as much as is humanly possible so that human strength, rather than enhanced performance, decides the outcome of all games.

(Logo courtesy of MLB through Wikimedia.)
Thank you to Stacey Stauffer (Fox 29 Philadelphia). She interviewed Maddie Woytovich, her parents (Jeff and Betsy Woytovich) and me recently about the latest chapter in this inspiring story. The feature will be shown on an upcoming newscast. 

Professional reporters and video journalists are vital in an ever-changing media world. Stacey and the Fox staff were first-rate. 

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