Baseball's Lost Generation

baseballAs reported by the Los Angeles Times, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Miguel Tejada were among the players that a former major league pitcher accused of using performance-enhancing drugs. It's just an allegation, but it's yet another one regarding the Rocket. I believe Rocket Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds to be the greatest pitcher and positional player of their generation. I wonder if history will look upon this generation of elite ballplayers as the lost generation.

My respect for the enormous talent of each has resulted in numerous entries. Regarding Bonds, there's this one, this one, this one and this one. Regarding Clemens, there's this one and this one both of which start with "Roger Clemens is an arrogant SOB but he's the best damn pitcher I've ever seen" by total coincidence.

If the career statistics of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are tainted by allegations and/or proof they used performance-enhancing drugs, what becomes of the Major League Baseball record book? How do we look back at the best of this generation? How do we recall the excellence we witnessed when telling tales to our children and grandchildren? What do we do?

There's no answer. Only time will tell. It's a damn shame.

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Sports Illustrated did an excellent piece on this about 18 months ago. The era of the *asterisk. All these records being broken, but with *an asterisk. It was either during spring training or beginning of season in '05.

October 1, 2006 @ 10:10 PM

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