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Who are some of baseball's best cheats in the non-chemically-enhanced division?

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June 6, 2003 12:00 am

6-4-3: Going Batty

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Gary Huckabay

If I were making even the major league minimum, I would think an off-season visit to a woodworking group and a couple hundred bucks investment in various types of stock would be worth the risk. The cost difference between a bat made out of Padauk and a bat made out of maple really wouldn't be all that great, and if it can get you 2% more velocity off the bat, that might be the difference between a multi-year deal that sets you up for life and running the produce department at Giant Eagle. After all, gaining an advantage by going against the rules is called cheating. Gaining an advantage by working around the rules to an area not previously considered by the rulemakers is innovation.

OK, so Sammy used a bat with a rough hole hewn into it, and filled it with a bunch of stuff. He'll be suspended, probably for about 10 days, and he's already apologized. My personal take on the specific incident is that he didn't know it was corked; he didn't seem fazed or worried about the shards left on the field, unlike others who have shattered adulterated bats and worried more about gathering the evidence than getting to first base. Doesn't really matter in the end. The annoying thing is how much airtime the whole issue's getting, and how often Will Carroll's been bumped from Outside the Lines so people can moralize and speculate.

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June 6, 2003 12:00 am

Breaking Balls: Put a Cork In It

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Derek Zumsteg

If you've followed any of the media coverage surrounding Sammy Sosa's corked bat, you're probably already tired of it. If you've seen Rick Reilly on ESPN, looking as if his head might explode with anger at any moment, while implying that it's a short step from corking a bat to being hopped up on steroids, you're probably dog tired of it. So I'm going to leave Sosa out of this for a while.

So I'm going to leave Sosa out of this for a while.

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