New book questions Baseball's Hall of Fame selection criteria

07/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
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Baseball star Manny Ramirez returned back to playing this weekend with the Los Angeles Dodgers after being suspended 50 games for using a performance-enhancing drug.

The reaction by the fans in San Diego was mixed, but more positive than negative. That could have been because so many Dodger fans attended the game.

Ramirez’ return is not being cheered on by many of the nation’s sporting press, however.

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann slammed Ramirez over the weekend on his blog on the Major League Baseball website.

But longtime journalist Zev Chafets thinks there’s been too much hysteria by the media when it comes to baseball and steroids, and who qualifies for the Hall of Fame.

Chafets, a former news columnist for the New York Daily News, has just written a new book: “Cooperstown Confidential: Heroes Rogues, and the Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fame”. We spoke with him last Thursday, and asked him what prompted him to write about the Hall of Fame.

We’ll hear more from Chafets later this week on the Evening News.

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