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ARod, Mays, Kiner, Mantle, Steroids & PEDs
7 years ago  ::  Aug 27, 2013 - 6:14AM #1
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It is well known and accepted that the modern steroid and PED users take these drugs to ease the aches and pains caused by the daily impacts caused by sports.  ARod, Mays, Kiner and Mantle are examples of four players who sufferred from the aches and pains of the arduous aspects of playing Major League Baseball.  These players are so reknowned, that like super celebrities Cher and Elvis, they can be immediately identified by only a portion of their names. 

ARod is about to shatter the home run count of Mays.  And so its time to address Mays accomplishments as it relates to ARod.  After Mays began his MLB career, in what was his most productive years, he was drafted into the Army where he missed the vast majority of one, and all of a second season because of millitary service during the Korean war.  It could be argued that he missed as many as 80 home runs because of this service.  Late in his career, his knee injuries  curtailed his productivity in the field as well as at the plate.  In fact, starting at the age of 37, the media constantly questioned whether Mays should be in the game citing his age and jinjuries.  Mays finally ended his career with the NY Mets with a whimper and pain. 

And so the question becomes, "had steroids and PED been prevalent at the time, how might this have affected the career of Willie Mays?"  

Ralph Kiner was on pace to be among the greatest Home Run Hitters of all time.  He was forced to retire at the age of 32 due to back pain and injuries sufferred while playing baseball.  

And so the question becomes, "had steroids and PEDs been prevalent at the time, how might this have affected the career of Ralph Kiner?"

Every time I watch a replay of Mantle after he hit his 500th HR, my shoulders bounce back and forth with each limp as he  progressed between first and second when he rounded the bases.  I  suffered from the same knee pains and can  identify with each painfull limp of Mantle.   However, unlike Mantle, back in 2000 my doctor gave me a series of shots in the knees of steroids.  He commented that I can only get TWO of these treatments in a lifetime.   Since 2000, I have not had to get a second treatment.  The stuff really works.   The injury that ended Mantle's career occurred  back in the 1950s.  

And so the question becomes, "had steroids and PEDs been prevalent at the time, how might this have affected the career of Mickey Mantle?"

ARod is well beyond the numbers of Kiner and Mantle.  At this point, his numbers are approaching Mays, Ruth and Aaron.  These are the three super-stars of baseball.  Will the placement of an asterisk next to ARod's numbers be enough to remember the greatness of the stars he is about to pass?   Or will ARod's numbers serve to bury the accomplishments and memmory  of Kiner, Mantle, Mays and the many great players who defined baseball as our national sport? 
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