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July 24, 2013

DUVALL: Tip of the cap to the real ballplayers

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Tonawanda News — Baseball is a long way from eradicating steroids. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is next on MLB’s most wanted list. The bloated, aging embarrassment to pinstripes and the Yankee legacy has been juicing nearly his entire career and should be booted from the game for life. 

The damage these guys have done is both incalculable and entirely specific.

Baseball is an old game, played more or less the same since its inception. Sixty-one home runs in a season, 755 in a career — those are sacred accomplishments. 

And it was real ballplayers like Maris and Aaron who set them.

Ryan Braun can play golf the rest of the summer and come back next year to begin collecting the massive $145 million contract he signed the season after he got caught using steroids. We’ll see how good he is without the juice.

Me, I’ll be watching the real ballplayers, and smiling to myself that they’re closer to getting the fair shake they deserve.

Eric DuVall is the managing editor of the Tonawanda News. Contact him at eric.duvall@tonawanda-news.com or follow him on Twitter, @EricRDuVall.

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