Originally posted by whodey
For those of you who do not yet know, Griffey is on his way to 600 home runs. As for myself, I have heard little media covering this historic event. I heard that there have been about 5 men who have reached this number of home runs in MLB history and 3 of them were suspected or known to have been juiced at some point in their careers. I think it safe to sa ...[text shortened]... hat this is not being covered? Does any one care? Is it really a big deal in baseball history?
Your facts are a little mixed up. Henry Aaron, Babe Ruth nor Willie Mays (the first three to hit 600 HR's) have never been associated with steroids. Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa (the other two players to have hit 600 HR's) are suspected of steroid use. Ken Griffey, Jr. has never been accused of using steroids, he has just been perpetually broken down. He will be the sixth member of the group. The next member after Griffey is also gathering suspicions of steroid use and that would be Alex Rodriguez. If Jim Thome somehow hung around long enough to join the club, he too, has been suspected of steroid use.
The reason it isn't covered much is because it is anti-climatic because it has been done, and because Griffey is not a favorite among the media, who garner the publicity of such things.
As far as being a big deal, if only 6 people in the history of the game have accomplished it, I would say it rates coverage and is a big deal. They still cover the pitchers who get 3,000 lifetime strikeouts or 300 career wins, and there are more players who have accomplished these goals than have the 600 HR club. The 500 HR plateau for years has served as the magic number for automatic enshrinement into the Hall of Fame, but they are now re-thinking this in light of the steroids and the juiced up baseballs. Currently, all players who have hit 400 HR's in their career and are eligible for the HOF, only two are not it. Mark McGwire who hit over 500 HR's and Dave Kingman who hit over 400 HR. So yes, I would say it is a landmark event.