Cory Lidle told the Philadelphia Daily News he doesn't think Barry Bonds' home run chase legitimate. [Link]
"It's sad," Lidle told the Daily News. "I'm not a player-hater. I like to see players get paid as much as they can. But without friggin' cheating."
Lidle, who is not part of the MLBPA, cited my biggest concern with steroid abuse and its impact on the game, and for that I give him credit.
"The worst part of it all, the young guys -- the guys in the minor leagues, and worse than that, high school, and college -- they already know they don't have a chance," Lidle said. "If someone can't hit 15 home runs in college, how do they expect to take somebody's job in the big leagues who's hitting 50 home runs? They start feeling this pressure of doing that stuff, and it really is a problem. It's selfish for those guys who did it... to know what the chain reaction was to keep doing it."
Lidle pitches tonight against Atlanta, meaning he will not face Bonds during the Giants series this weekend.
Also missing from the story is that his teammate, Ryan Franklin, tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. Bonds has never actually tested positive.
Other teammates, including Randy Wolf, have been outspoken opponents of congressional involvement of the steroid issue.
Bonds is only two home runs away from tying Babe Ruth's career mark of 714. Before Wednesday's game, he was hit in the forehead by a ball during batting practice before their game with the Brewers.