"They owe their success, in part, to the likes of Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, Roger Clemens and John Rocker. McGwire and Clemens, of course, would already have been cast in bronze were it not for the taint of allegations about performance-enhancing drugs," wrote Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Mahler.
"So why is it acceptable for managers to ride supposedly PED-inflated statistics into the Hall, but not for players?"
That's an excellent question. In the 1980s and 1990s, professional baseball did not punish its cheaters; instead Major League Baseball rewarded them with huge contracts and great praise.
Suddenly, the two leagues have had a conversion and have decided to keep the cheats out of the Hall of Fame. And rightly so. But since their players don't deserve this honor, the managers don't. Sports are supposed to be about fair play and sportsmanship.
In honor of Pearl Harbor Day, Campbell Soup's media managers sent out a tweet: "Take a moment to remember #PearlHarbor with us." It was a nice message except that they accompanied it with a cartoon SpaghettiOs mascot cheerfully waving a flag.
Uh-oh, SpaghettiOs. The reaction to the self-promotion was swift and brutal. People used Twitter to ridicule the brand without mercy as they depicted the mascot cheering the Hindenburg disaster, the Bataan death march and JFK's funeral.
Finally, after 10 hours of this, the corporate social media experts raised the white flag and apologized.
Speaking of mea culpas, last week's Short Takes said the Japanese air force bombed Pearl Harbor.
It was the Japanese Imperial Navy that did the bombing.
We all make mistakes. The Daily Mail, SpaghettiOs and of course, Japan for bombing the United States and starting a war that ended the Japanese empire.
Officials announced this week that in the first two months of Healthcare.gov, 1,237 West Virginians enrolled in health insurance plans through the federal exchange.
There are more students enrolled in 16 of West Virginia's high schools.
Perhaps demand for health insurance was not as great as people were led to believe during passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010.