Hey, thanks to Craig Calcaterra at Hardball Talk, we at The Platoon Advantage have identified yet another suspected plagiarist. Sadly, this plagiarist is just a measly blogger; some punk kid named Murray Chass who probably writes from his mom’s basement.
Chass wrote about what he saw as a burgeoning conspiracy to hold back information about whether Mike Piazza used “PE”Ds until after the Hall of Fame vote:
Maybe Simon & Schuster has innocently planned the Piazza publication for soon after the announcement for marketing purposes, but it might just as easily have agreed to a post-election publication to insure that the book would not keep Piazza out of the Hall.
If, on the other hand, the book includes a steroids admission, all I can say is shame on Piazza and his publisher. With that possibility in mind, though, the voters would be wise to withhold their votes from Piazza until a future election. He will have 14 more chances.
Now, Chass’ evidence that Piazza used “PE”Ds has never consisted of anything more than seeing the catcher’s back acne in the locker room when he was playing. And now the timing of this book, which, as Craig pointed out this morning, comes out just before Spring Training, when virtually every single other baseball book is published. If you’ve read The Common Man’s work, you know what he thinks of people who toss around steroid allegations (or insinuations) without evidence, and who advocate for not voting for HOF players based on that lack of evidence.
The Common Man thinks those people are probably using this controversy to distract the world from their ongoing unsuccessful attempts to prove they aren’t plagiarists. We see through you, Murray Chass. We know what you’re trying to do. But you can’t make us forget that you’re suspected of plagiarizing every single thing you ever wrote for the venerable New York Times. Prove the widely held suspicions that you’re a plagiarist (a conclusion we’ve come to based on the same evidence you use against Piazza) wrong, and maybe we’ll take your non-accusations seriously.
And around the rest of the league:no comments