Saturday, April 08, 2006

Gladwell versus Bonds

Gladwell's been writing about major league baseball for quite a while -- here's a quote from before the latest steroids scandal:

... my guess is that most players aren't using steroids at all. Like most world-class athletes, they've probably graduated to human growth hormone or straight testosterone, both of which are much harder to detect. (Ever wonder why a certain aging but remarkably successful power hitter can say with such conviction that he's not using steroids? He's not using steroids. He's using something better.)

You can read the rest here.

Malcolm (we're on a first name basis now) argues that we should use statistics to show that something was funny with Barry Bonds' (and other athelete's) performances.

His first blog post created generated a lot of comments, so he posted a second.

It turns out that Malc is quite the sports fan.