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Reggie Jackson's being enshrined next to Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle and Mays dishonors the game. His lifetime batting average is an embarrassing .262, and he struck out 2,597 times. His strikeout-to-at-bat ratio is one of the highest ever.
Jackson's selection is a reflection of American culture. It doesn't expect much, doesn't receive much and then celebrates the mediocre. If he won by producing drama as Mr. October, he should be given an Oscar, not enshrinement in Cooperstown.
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I am acutely aware of the recent shift in the normally responsible press, including The New York Times, toward publishing articles that torture the truth about major environmental issues. But none of the twisted rationale of these articles has changed the facts: Poisons remain poisons, ultraviolet levels at the earth's surface are increasing, the earth is warming under the influence of heat-trapping gasses, and biotic resources around the world are becoming impoverished.
Mr. Boyle's commentary is typical of a vein of environmental journalism that has become too closely tied to an ideological orthodoxy about what is good and bad for nature and human health. This has produced blind spots among writers who confuse their roles as journalists and activists.
Much of what we know about the environment, and the policies we put in place to protect it, is undergoing rapid change. It is our responsibility as journalists to evaluate this new information and to follow it wherever it may lead. I am doing that. Mr. Boyle appears to be stuck.
I fail to see how environmental issues relate to sports reporting. It is unfortunate that we as a society have to be subjected to politically correct commentary every time we turn around. Enough is enough. A sports magazine should focus on sports.
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