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Friday Rockpile: Morality and the Colorado Rockies

Doug Pensinger

Editor's Note: The following post is a part of the 2013 Purple Row Writer Search -- our quest to find some great new contributors to Purple Row.

Baseball is a game where players must use their own moral code and exhibit integrity every day they go out onto the field. Some issues of integrity have brought shame on the baseball community (steroids, betting) while others are even encouraged (stealing signs, lying about intentions to hit a player).

Fans get most upset when the integrity of the game is trashed. The most obvious example is the 1919 Chicago White Sox, who infamously threw the World Series for financial gain. Of course, this is not the usual type of cheating. Because the stakes are so high in the MLB, players will cheat to win. While cheating is cheating, when a player risks his own reputation to improve his team, it almost seems honorable. This is why cheating, albeit petty at times, is an important part of the game. This makes the difference between right and wrong in baseball difficult to decipher.

As far as baseball morals, where do the Rockies fit into the spectrum? Fortunately for Rockies fans, there hasn't been a major contributor to the team that has gotten busted for steroid use. The Rockies were even criticized for being too Christian of an organization at one point, but those accusations disappeared once the team became successful in 2007. Throughout the first 20 years of the franchise, there hasn't been a significant proven cheating scandal.

Still, there have been accusations. The most significant took place in 2010. After the Rockies rallied to beat the Cardinals by scoring nine runs in the ninth inning, Giants announcer Jon Miller claimed that the Rockies were switching out the humidified baseballs for normal ones as an attempt to ignite a rally. This seemed absurd, but it began to make sense. The Rockies were extremely dominant at Coors Field from 2007-2010, and when the MLB began to monitor the humidifying process, that dominance seemed to disappear. Were the Rockies really using juiced balls to help the team win?

It was surprising how little national attention the humidor scandal received at the time. The team was accused of blatantly cheating, and the Giants’ continued moans made it seem plausible. Maybe the Giants had it out for the Rockies and looked for any way to make them look bad. Why else would only the Giants be the only ones making noise? If this was really what the Giants were trying to do, it must have worked. Three years later, the Giants have won two World Series and the Rockies have fallen flat.

What are the moral guidelines of baseball? Are the Rockies a team of high morals? Has the game become more honorable over time?

Links:

The Denver Post outlines how Jordan Pacheco is attempting to become a formidable catching option. If the Wilin experiment goes haywire, Pacheco deserves a shot behind the plate. If he could catch and hit like he did last year, he could become a real contributor in the future.

Also, ROOT Sports released their Spring Training broadcast schedule.

Off-topic

Eat. Drink. Be Merry. But the above FanPost does not necessarily reflect the attitudes, opinions, or views of Purple Row's staff (unless, of course, it's written by the staff [and even then, it still might not]).

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