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What do we do when our sport makes terrible people rich?

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

In separate pieces in 2000 and 2004, Derek Zumsteg wrote the following features on the difficulty of rooting for players we might despise. In the first piece, he writes about the Mariners signing an accused wife beater. In the second, he revisits that move after the Mariners signed another player with a violent past. Both pieces, and the conclusions he ultimately draws, are still relevant in the wake of this week's NFL news.

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Have the Rays really had a higher number of drug-related suspensions? And if so, should that be a cause for concern?

Last week, when I posted a link to our Tampa Bay Rays preview podcast in the Effectively Wild Facebook group, listener Allen Sarvinas left a comment with a couple questions:

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November 21, 2013 6:01 am

Analyzing A-Rod's Arbitration Case


Eugene Freedman

Going public won't help Alex Rodriguez win his case.

On Wednesday, Alex Rodriguez reportedly stormed out of his disciplinary hearing and made various pronouncements to the media, most notably during an interview with Mike Francesa on WFAN and the YES Network. Under normal circumstances, we could see this as his true emotional response to the negative ruling he’d just received (that Commissioner Selig would not be required to testify in the case). But because everything we’ve seen thus far from A-Rod and his team has been so orchestrated, I can interpret this only as a well-rehearsed and well-scheduled event like all of the rest.

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Ben and Sam discuss Mariano Rivera's farewell, Carlos Gomez's suspension, and Bud Selig's legacy.

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Ben and Sam answer listener emails about the consequences of abolishing the trade deadline, baseball's war on PEDs, time traveling front offices, and more.

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Ben and Sam ask and answer eight mostly unrelated questions about baseball and themselves.

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