Baseball in Crisis: Day 46,535

Baseball has been in a full-blown crisis mode since the day the National League began play back in 1876.

Updated: March 3, 2004, 9:24 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times&."

Why do those twelve words that open Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities continue to resonate so many years after they were written? Perhaps it is because no other words better sum up the human condition. Life is a constant bombardment of shadows and light and we, as baseball fans, see this today especially.

Today's news sources are filled with items that go beyond innuendo and suggestion in regard to the ongoing steroid story. They actually name names. Some would have us believe that this is the end of the world as we know it. Some will make great pronouncements that this is the beginning of the end of America's Game. Let me tell you something: baseball has been in a full-blown crisis mode since the day the National League began play back in 1876.


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Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.

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