But Thom Loverro from The Washington Times seems to be one*:
Is Bill James serving as a mouthpiece to cover for his employer?
It’s a question worth considering, though I know that apostles of the King Geek will bristle at the notion. But the timing of his dismissal of the impact of steroids on baseball players after a long time silence on the matter is very suspicious, given the fact that he draws a paycheck from the Boston Red Sox.
We didn’t hear much, if anything, from James for years about steroids and its impact on numbers and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Then, suddenly, the King Geek speaks, in an article last month on www.billjamesonline, where he scoffs at the notion that steroids users cheated the game and that we will someday just stop the hand wringing and welcome the cheaters with open arms.
He may be right — which absolutely has nothing to do with David Ortiz or Manny Ramirez or any other ballplayer who used performance-enhancing substances and cheated during this era, despite James’ effort to lead us to believe that these embarrassments facing his employer are much ado about nothing.…