We’ll get to him in a moment, and why his case is different from Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens (maybe not how you’d expect). We’ll start here, though. Every single person who has submitted a Hall of Fame ballot over the past few years has dealt with the same dilemma: What do we do with the PED guys? I wrestled with that question, on an abstract basis for years and pointedly for months before I dropped my first Hall of Fame ballot in the mail on Dec. 28.
The crux of the issue is Rule 5 of the BBWAA rules for election: “Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.” It’s the “character clause” that has sparked so much debate when it comes to PED-connected players. After all, a fine, upstanding young athlete would never try Cheap Authentic Jerseys to gain an edge on his competitors if he has true character, right?
Noah Syndergaard may need to succumb to his nagging injury.
The Mets starting pitcher left Sunday’s game against the Nationals in the second inning and was seen grabbing his right arm as he walked off the field.
Last week, the team was forced to scratch Syndergaard ahead of Thursday afternoon’s scheduled start against the Braves with biceps and shoulder discomfort. Manager Terry Collins told reporters the ace is dealing with a “tired arm.”
Syndergaard was slated to have an MRI on Friday but opted not to have one after throwing a bullpen session.
“I think I know my body best,” Syndergaard told reporters. “I’m pretty in tune with my body, and that’s exactly why I refused to take the MRI.”
Perhaps Syndergaard should have had the injury further examined after all. The 24-year-old allowed five earned runs on five hits and two walks in Sunday’s disastrous start.