New book questions Baseball's Hall of Fame selection criteria listen07/06/09 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.
Ramirezâ€™ return is not being cheered on by many of the nationâ€™s sporting press, however.
MSNBCâ€™s Keith Olbermann slammed Ramirez over the weekend on his blog on the Major League Baseball website.
But longtime journalist Zev Chafets thinks thereâ€™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: â€œCooperstown Confidential: Heroes Rogues, and the Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fameâ€. We spoke with him last Thursday, and asked him what prompted him to write about the Hall of Fame.
Weâ€™ll hear more from Chafets later this week on the Evening News.