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Let me preface by saying this first before people start sending me hate mail or something. This isn’t me saying I’m against African Americans, it’s not me trying to be racist, or anything of the sort. But, quite frankly, some of the coverage about Jackie Robinson Day disgusted me and I’m glad some others are speaking up as well.

Here’s a link to a great Yahoo Sports article. First, let me start by saying I wish I could have seen Robinson play. He was one of the best baseball players ever. He paved the way for everyone from Frank Thomas to Prince Fielder to become some of the game’s biggest stars. But, let’s be frank here. The so-called “decline” in African American players in the MLB…shouldn’t be a big deal. If African Americans want to do something else than play baseball who cares? If they want to play a different sport or decide to, unlike so many professional athletes today, go to college and study for what they want to do, whether it be a doctor, lawyer, journalist, computer technician, engineer, whatever, who cares? Shouldn’t we be supporting people to follow what their dreams are? Just because a person is African American, why should we make a big deal that they aren’t playing a particular sport? That’s pretty much like saying we should be shocked that an Asian American isn’t in a math-related field. I’m glad Marion Byrd spoke up. Just wish America could get past this. I realize it’s “the way of the world” but it doesn’t make it any less frustrating that we still are so…blinded by racial stereotypes.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

According to an espn.com story, Major League Baseball is close to announcing the expansion of baseball’s playoff field to 10 teams.

Commissioner Bud Selig said he hopes the move will allow more teams to be in the playoff race longer.

This is one of the dumbest moves baseball is doing. By expanding the field in most years, you’re taking all the drama out of the regular season. That great end last year with teams collapsing and others surging? Under the proposed rule, that wouldn’t have mattered because everyone would have gotten in.

Baseball’s regular season already suffers from a severe lack of drama. This will just make the last couple months pointless as almost every year we know who’s going to get in by August. And that was before this move was being considered.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Interesting article from the Wall Street Journal, which you can read here. The article compares a player’s salary in relation to what the average salary was of all other athletes at that time in their sport. Some names you’d expect and, some that you wouldn’t. You guys should check it out.

On a broader note, it does show the discrepancy even among athletes. Players like Alex Rodriguez or Joe Montana of course are going to get lots of money. But they make so much more even than the average baseball or football player. And, if you really look at list, you’ve got to wonder, how many of those players were really worth it? Sure, you’d be pretty safe arguing Michael Jordan was, but a lot of those players, let’s be honest. Their track record wasn’t that good.

It does beg the question, if you were starting a team in any of the four major sports, which, if any, modern athletes would you pay that kind of money to lead your team?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here’s the problem I have with the MLB season. One, the regular season is way too long. People get excited for opening day. And then? I stop paying attention until September. Why? Because a 162-game season that results in maybe two teams fighting for one last playoff spot for the final month of the season (like this year in the AL and NL). Then, its playoffs are in the middle of football season. I think it’s true for most of America Saturday is a college football day, Sunday is NFL day and Monday night is football night. Which leaves the MLB playoffs with what?

It’s an afterthought in the sports world. Who cares when Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees lose in the first round? Who cares when the other teams, maybe with the exception of Philly, barely got any prime-time coverage during the season, so no one really knows or cares about those teams? Who cares when there’s no transcendent baseball stars? The MLB would do well to make some big changes. Otherwise, it will continue to be nothing more than a minor distraction for sports fans.

To make matters worse, baseball wants to add a wild card team. If that had been in effect this season, there would have been no great drama at the end of the regular season. In fact, the regular season would be come even more meaningless than it already is.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

It’s a sad casualty of the steroids era in baseball. Jim Thome reaches 600 career home runs. He’s never failed a drug test. Never been linked to any performance enhancing drugs. By all accounts, he’s done things the right way. And yet, almost no one cares about his accomplishment. Eight players now have reached that mark And yet, there was little fanfare. Why? Because people have become disillusioned with baseball. It doesn’t matter Thome has never failed a drug test. He’s lumped into an era where we assume people cheated somehow.

It’s sad really. A player who actually has done things right. And yet, people are debating whether he’ll even get into the Hall of Fame. Thome’s accomplishment was a fantastic achievement. Don’t let your disillusionment cloud the fact that the 600-home run club is exclusive. Don’t let the fact that Barry Bonds tops that list. Thome isn’t Bonds.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano is pathetic. Walking out on your team during the middle of the game because you stink? That’s bad enough on its own. Cleaning out your locker and say you’re considering retirement? Well, I wish Chicago could just release him, but the Cubs have placed him on the disqualified list and held him without pay for 30 days. Zambrano’s actions are immature and childish. His actions against the Atlanta Braves and Chipper Jones were despicable.

The MLB wonders why its suffering in popularity? Aside from a season that lasts way too long, a regular season that doesn’t matter and a playoffs that are boring until the World Series, it’s because you have players like Zambrano who are making tens of millions a season and act like this.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

I’m not sure quite what to make of this story. But, the NFL and MLB has warned its players against using deer antler supplements, which can be used as performance enhancing drugs. The problem is there’s no real test to detect it, so it’s a little hard to enforce.

I know athletes are always looking for a way to get ahead. But, you’ve got to be kidding me about this. Deer antler supplements? I mean, the whole thing sounds a bit, ridiculous. I suppose, however, if I had millions at stake I might consider doing stuff like this. However, I mean, do they realize they’re taking deer antler supplements. Deer antlers. My gosh, is this what sports has come to?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

The NFL lockout is officially a thing of the past. The players ratified the new CBA on Thursday, meaning all free agents who signed with new teams could join them in practice for the first time.

The CBA, good for 10 years, also makes the NFL the first major sports league to allow blood testing for HGH, a human growth hormone. Of course, that is contingent upon the players agreeing that the test is legitimate. If they disagree, the NFL must find another way.

Sounds a little bit fishy to me. Players have said numerous NFL players are on growth hormones. It’ll be interesting to see how the players receive possible blood testing. Remember, it’s this whole blood testing thing that prevented boxing’s super fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. I think blood testing is good for the NFL. It’ll help ensure the league doesn’t fall into something like the MLB finds itself, where fans assume players are drugged up and start to feel a little bit of a backlash in popularity.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Major League Baseball said it would investigate New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez for an apparent illegal poker game.

I know that major league sports are against gambling and that it’s not supposed to happen. But, short of A-Rod playing in some back alley betting houses and peoples’ lives, I don’t really care if he takes pl;ace in a high stakes poker game somewhere. Heaven knows he’s making enough money to afford it. I know, gambling is “wrong”. It shouldn’t happen. But, after the whole steroids scandal, a poker game is the least of baseball’s worries.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.