Department of Retractions and Corrections

RETRACTION: In the previous post on Alex Rodriguez (“What Might Have Been”), I extolled his accomplishments, comparing him to Henry Aaron. Because he could reach 700 homers next year, joining Aaron as the only two players with at least 700 homers, 2,000 RBIs, and 3,000 hits, I said he could have gone down as the greatest player ever, had he not cheated.

I now retract that post. I failed to consider the number of home runs A-Rod hit as a designated hitter. He had several seasons when he played many games as a DH. This year he’s a DH all the time. So he will not get 700 homers legitimately, in my opinion. Nor have his RBIs and hits reached Aaron’s legendary status, since he hit many of them as a DH.

I have railed against the DH many times in these pages. I even argued (January 23, 2014) against Frank Thomas’s Hall of Fame election because he hit about half of his homers as a DH. I’m fully aware that my view seems unfair and rigid (and even irrelevant) to some fans. But my hatred of the DH is so strong that I cannot abide statistics garnered from that position

Therefore, even if A-Rod had never taken a single performance enhancing drug, his numbers tallied as a DH are invalid in my eyes.

CORRECTION: On August 3, 2014, I posted a piece on pronunciation of Spanish names (“It Doesn’t Rhyme with Dances). Assuming that Dellin Betances, the Yankee reliever, was from Latin America, I said his name was pronounced BeTAHNces. I was wrong. He was born in New York City and went to high school in Brooklyn. Because he lived his entire life in the USA, his last name had apparently taken on an American pronunciation long ago. Baseball Reference lists him as Dellin BeTANces. So it does rhyme with dances.RETRACTION: In the previous post on Alex Rodriguez (“What Might Have Been”), I extolled his accomplishments, comparing him to Henry Aaron. Because he could reach 700 homers next year, joining Aaron as the only two players with at least 700 homers, 2,000 RBIs, and 3,000 hits, I said he could have gone down as the greatest player ever, had he not cheated.
I now retract that post. I failed to consider the number of home runs A-Rod hit as a designated hitter. He had several seasons when he played many games as a DH. This year he’s a DH all the time. So he will not get 700 homers legitimately, in my opinion. Nor have his RBIs and hits reached Aaron’s legendary status, since he hit many of them as a DH.
I have railed against the DH many times in these pages. I even argued (January 23, 2014) against Frank Thomas’s Hall of Fame election because he hit about half of his homers as a DH. I’m fully aware that my view seems unfair and rigid (and even irrelevant) to some fans. But my hatred of the DH is so strong that I cannot abide statistics garnered from that position
Therefore, even if A-Rod had never taken a single performance enhancing drug, his numbers tallied as a DH are invalid in my eyes.
CORRECTION: On August 3, 2014, I posted a piece on pronunciation of Spanish names (“It Doesn’t Rhyme with Dances). Assuming that Dellin Betances, the Yankee reliever, was from Latin America, I said his name was pronounced BeTAHNces. I was wrong. He was born in New York City and went to high school in Brooklyn. Because he lived his entire life in the USA, his last name had apparently taken on an American pronunciation long ago. Baseball Reference lists him as Dellin BeTANces. So it does rhyme with dances.

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