BenFred: ESPN’s Max Kellerman swings and misses on Albert Pujols takedown attempt | Ben Frederickson

That was my response Tuesday afternoon upon studying the Cardinals had been irked by some rubbish leaking out of ESPN.

The one who was speaking head Max Kellerman, who’s fairly good at boxing and not so good at every little thing else.

What was Kellerman insinuating on Monday’s episode of “This Just In” that Albert Pujols’ chase for 700 profession residence runs could possibly be fueled by foul play.

Kellerman went down the all-time residence run listing, ripping Barry Bonds (762) for utilizing performance-enhancing medicine whereas praising Henry Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) for taking part in clear.

Then he obtained to Pujols (697).

“It is wonderful, how Pujols, who was in regular decline for years, immediately, it is like he found the fountain of youth!” mentioned Kellerman sarcastically.

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“I do not know the way he is doing it,” he continued. “Oh my God, the bat pace, every little thing, he is killing the ball! Matter of truth, bartender, I’ll have no matter he is having! I imply, that is unbelievable. He certain has turned again the clock. I simply surprise if there was something that could possibly be pointed to. How does a participant flip again the clock like this? I suppose it is willpower and observe. All these years between then and now, he hasn’t been practising, apparently.”

Welcome to 2022, when the community as soon as considered because the go-to place for sports activities shells out staggering salaries for takes that border on Barstool plagiarism.

No details? No proof? No reporting? No drawback!

(Fortunately ESPN has some actual journalists who cowl baseball very properly. I think about this embarrassed them.)

Baseball’s steroid period was propelled by PED use that went principally uncovered till the cat scurried out of the bag, so it is solely proper and pure to imagine each participant who does one thing spectacular — particularly if it is an older participant — is a cheater, proper?

His sarcasm was gone Tuesday, when he apologized for his remarks about Pujols.

“Yesterday on ‘This Just In’ we confirmed video of Albert Pujols as he chases 700 residence runs,” Kellerman mentioned Tuesday on his present. “I commented that he gave the impression to be hitting the ball a lot better than he has in a very long time. Some, together with Albert, inferred that my curiosity as to how he was attaining this current stage of success might solely imply that he was benefiting from one thing aside from plenty of arduous work, observe and his pure skill. For that, I apologize to Albert and the Cardinals’ group.”

Pujols mentioned nothing in regards to the present.

The Cardinals and Major League Baseball voiced their displeasure.

Pujols has come out swinging towards evidence-less accusations earlier than. Former Cardinals slugger Jack Clark in 2014 issued a public retraction after Pujols threatened a lawsuit towards Clark for claiming throughout a radio present that Pujols, “was a juicer.” Pujols dropped the lawsuit after Clark’s apology and retraction.

Look, any one who insists they know what gamers do and do not do over the course of their total careers is kidding themselves. Admitting that doesn’t suggest something aside from widespread sense. That doesn’t suggest throwing round baseless claims ought to be tolerated. Especially from professionals and networks who ought to know higher.

What we do know is that Pujols has at all times promoted himself as a participant who performs clear, and proudly so. We know baseball has developed the strictest drug testing coverage in all {of professional} sports activities, and that Pujols has spent almost 75% of his 22-season profession enjoying in these heightened testing occasions. He’s by no means as soon as been popped for a optimistic take a look at for a banned substance. He’s by no means been linked to foul play, not less than by anybody who did not apologize virtually instantly. A future first-ballot Hall of Famer who could possibly be a unanimous decide for Cooperstown when his time comes risking his total popularity for one remaining season as a part-time participant can be a reasonably insane choice, would not it?

We have now spent extra time serious about this than Kellerman apparently did. His rush to retreat proved that. Strikeout. Back to the dugout.

There are occasions when baseball followers want ESPN would spend extra time on baseball. There are different occasions when ESPN makes baseball followers glad it would not. When Pujols hits residence run No. 700, what do you wish to guess ESPN comes speeding in, roses in hand?

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