The Dark Side of Baseball

by Rachel Baker on August 18, 2013

Tobias Seamon wrote a neat article at The Morning News, titled No One Is Innocent, about baseball’s dark side and the players who weren’t so great off the field.


Baseball in the 2013 season has had its fair share of unsavory stories. The ongoing Biogenesis steroid case has already implicated numerous players, and it remains unknown just how long the scandal will continue. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks have engaged in brawls of unusual intensity, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati can’t resist throwing at each other, and Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman recently told the media that Alex Rodriguez needed to “shut the f*** up.”

But if baseball fans are tempted to bemoan such incidents as unseemly to the once-great game, even a brief look at the early days of the sport would reveal that cheating, substance abuse, violence, and obscenity are entirely consistent with the traditions of baseball.

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