Zev Chafets on 'hysteria' over steroids

07/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
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The issue of steroids in professional baseball reared its ugly head again recently with the revelations that superstars Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez were revealed to have used performance-enhancing drugs.

Ramirez was suspended for 50 games this season, but has been playing for the last week with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He seems to be receiving more criticism from members of the press than opposing fans.

Zev Chafets is the author of the new book, “Cooperstown Confidential: Heroes, Rogues and the Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fame”. In this 2nd part of our interview, Chafets says that there’s been a hysteria promulgated by baseball writers about performance-enhancing drugs. In his book, he argues that the Hall of Fame is hardly a bastion of morality, and that sports writers should consider the players based on their performances on the field, not off.

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