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$0.02: Giambi the wrong choice for comeback player of the year

If you thought baseball’s steroids scandal was annoying, controversial and tough to follow up to now, wait until the John Kruks and Peter Gammonses start debating whether Jason Giambi should win the American League’s comeback player of the year award.

That could set a precedent I never considered ” until I watched the Yankees play the Athletics last week, and realized Giambi is, according to statistics, as deserving of the award as any other player.

Entering Tuesday’s games, Giambi was hitting .277 with 26 home runs and 68 RBIs in just 343 at-bats. Better yet, he had walked 88 times and thus sported a .445 on-base percentage, the best in baseball.

That said, if they call him the comeback player of the year, it will be the worst misuse of baseball statistical analysis since the number overtook the human being’s rational judgement sometime back in the 1990s.

Lest we forget, Jason Giambi is an admitted steroids user, one of a precious few. I know he was also dealing with health issues last year when he hit .208 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs in just 80 games ” he had an intestinal parasite and a benign tumor on his pituitary gland ” but to reward a cheater for bouncing back to his pre-cheater form would send the wrong message …

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Before you get sick of baseball’s NL and AL wild card chases (Will we see one team separate itself from the pack?), consider this: the last three World Series champions have made the postseason as wild cards …

I can’t stand reading quotes from NFL players and pundits about how “Jerry Rice held on too long. He should’ve given it up sooner.” Say that, sure, but don’t use your next breath to compliment Rice’s drive, determination and devotion to making himself better in every phase of the game, throughout the year. It’s hypocritical.

Rice’s want to keep playing well past his prime was the same thing that made him great early in his career. It simply affected him differently as his physical abilities changed over the years …

Let me get this straight. The Broncos are opening their season against a team that will feature Gus Frerotte as its starting quarterback? And Ricky Williams is suspended? Wow, I know nothing’s for sure in the NFL, but it sure seems like Nick Saban is bringing a bunch of knives to a gun fight. The pick: Denver 27, Miami 13 …

We’re still a number of matches away from it happening, but if Andre Agassi somehow found a way to win the U.S. Open, his 20th, it could be quite a swan song for a player who seems to be searching for the perfect exit strategy …

In parting, holy cow, Katrina. You wrecked lives. You turned an American metropolis into the modern equivalent of a ghost town. And you have made New Orleans a place where major sports cannot exist for years.

That last one will hurt more than folks now know. As we learned after 9/11 in New York, sports help heal the wounded. Yet with the hurricane-ravaged Superdome probably set to be torn down and the Hornets unlikely to resume play at their arena until next season, Louisiana’s devastated residents will be short one more amenity as they try to piece it all back together.

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