Murray Chass floats a Piazza conspiracy theory

Murray Chass wrote for the Times for years and years so you can’t dismiss him as a kook.  He also has been accused of dissing bloggers while currently writing about baseball on the internet via websites that have no print counterpart as described in his “about” section..

This is a site for baseball columns, not for baseball blogs. The proprietor of the site is not a fan of blogs. He made that abundantly clear on a radio show with Charley Steiner when Steiner asked him what he thought of blogs and he replied, “I hate blogs.”

I can see where Murray is coming from.  Who in their right mind would read about baseball on the internet…and you’d have to be crazy to spend your time posting your random thoughts to the internet, right?

But I digress.  Murray mentions that he is not a conspiracy theorist…

The only question relevant to pre-publication is does Piazza write about steroids and if so, what does he write? No one is giving away that information. But sometime last year a Piazza associate said he would cover his entire career, whatever that means.

It seemed unlikely that the former catcher would admit to steroid use and jeopardize, even for an $800,000 advance, his chances of being elected to the Hall of Fame. The publisher, however, will not issue the book until after the Hall of Fame results are known.


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I love how Chass' "he used steroids" argument has always been built around Piazza's back acne. Lots of people have back acne, well into adulthood; acne's not just a teenage problem. (Ever notice how many people in their 20s, 30s, even 40s are in those Proactiv commercials?) And sometimes, yes, acne does vanish relatively quickly, for any number of reasons. Back acne that went away is, and always has been, a pretty flimsy argument. And yet Chass always trucks it out, using it as evidence that Piazza, in Chass' words, "fooled his fans."  


I used to love Chass' writing, but now he's more of an angry old man, upset that the internet has changed journalism.

Shannon Shark
Shannon Shark

But I love that he has an Internet location that's not a blog. Hahha.

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