Ben and Sam discuss the Phillies, Blue Jays, and being a buyer or seller in the multi-Wild Card era, then talk about the significance of Jose Canseco's internet notoriety.

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Sam's assertion on today's podcast on the emotional makeup of MLBers was painted with a broad brush. Please back up your assertions with empirical data. Otherwise, I will place his statements in the same category in which I have placed statements by Sergio Garcia and Fuzzy Zoeller about Tiger Woods. Such stereotyping as Sam did today from the example of Jose Canseco is outdated and is not why I tune into this podcast. I want facts about baseball. What if ball players are simply talented enough to fulfill on their dreams? Does that make them a sociopath? Any facts to back up that MLBers live a sheltered life growing up?

Matt Martin
Here's what Sam said, starting right at the 25 minute mark:

"Athletes in general are chosen for their ability to run fast, lift things, throw things, hit things, and they are not chosen for their personality skills.

And in fact they are often chosen- I don't mean literally chosen - but their skills benefit from having the exact opposite of good social skills- from having almost sociopathic tendencies toward self-absorption and self-improvement."

So he doesn't directly call them 'sociopaths'; he refers to the degree of self-absorption often required to reach the bigs 'almost' sociopathic. Seems like a reasonable statement to me.