Jeff Harvey

It’s funny strange how sign-stealing and steroids stir such visceral hatred among baseball’s old guard of players, fans and media, but the fact there are racists in the Baseball Hall of Fame don’t bother them.

Henry Aaron has been making media rounds saying that those involved in sign-stealing should be banned for life. I know sign stealing is bad, but racism is a crime against humanity and nobody is raising objections to Ty Cobb, Cap Anson and Kennesaw Mountain Landis being in the HOF. If the powers-that-be wanted to punish the Astros and Red Sox, they’d order them to trade their best players. Maybe that’s in the works already, considering the Red Sox have traded Mookie Betts to the Dodgers, who were victimized by both teams.

There’s always NASCAR to write about so I’ll go there. The Daytona 500 is Sunday. Although it has been diminished somewhat by recent retirements, it still remains the most compelling race in American racing with the Indianapolis 500 being a close second. The big story coming into 2020 is the final year of racing for future Hall of Famer Jimmie Johnson who will be seeking his eighth series championship to break the tie he currently shares with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. He had an off-year last year, neither winning a race or making the Chase. Last year, four drivers dominated the circuit: Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex, Jr. and Denny Hamblin. I expect that all four will be in contention again. If there are other contenders and I expect there will be, I’m looking at Chase Elliott, Johnson, Brad Keslowski and Joey Logano to lead the way. Kyle Larson, too. Breakthrough years in terms of winning and/or contention should come from Alex Bowman,Daniel Suarez and Darnell Wallace.

I want to take special notice of the death of former Athens High School women basketball coach Ron Burton last Sunday. He led the Trojans to two state title games winning one.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at delimartman@yahoo.com.

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