The sad reality that players like Joe Jackson–or in the 19th century, Joe Devlin–were not given the opportunity to make pennance and return to the game does not, imho, mean that no opportunity for redemption should be offered to modern players. The world and the game have changed. If there is some injustice in the case of Jackson, aren’t we just compounding the problem by holding new players to the same standard? Also, let’s face the fact that many old-time ballplayers were gamblers. Cap Anson certainly was. Tris Speaker and Ty Cobb were also known to bet on the game, but their infractions were brushed under baseball’s collective carpet. The historical record does not provide any clear precedent here.
Posted by YF on 1/26/2004 04:55:42 PM