Tracy Ringolsby shows exactly the wrong way to question whether a player has used performance-enhancing drugs:
In the midst of Curt Schilling’s holier-than-thou pronouncements about late-career booms, it would be interesting to have Schilling explain how he turned a lackluster career at the age of 30 into a dominating effort in the next decade.
At 30, having played with a Philadelphia Phillies team that included Lenny Dykstra and Pete Incaviglia, who were listed in the Mitchell Report, Schilling had a career record of 52-52.
Since he turned 30, Schilling is 164-94. What’s more, he was 34 before he won 20 games for the first time and has done it three times in the past seven years.
As comments to Ringolsby’s own story, comments on WasWatching’s seemingly approving citation of the story, and comments on Baseball Musing’s disapproving citation of the story all ask: Why is Ringolsby — who I’ve always considered to be one of the better baseball writers out there — using wins of all statistics to make his case?