As I sit trying to finish my take home exam, George Mitchell is offering a news conference based on his independent investigation on steroids in baseball.
Accordingly to the Players Union, he has now investigated and said that he doesn’t want to have disciplinary action to people that have already violated the steroid use rules, except in the fact that it was so bad.
Guess Mark McGwire has more problems than he thought. He’s right when he said that currently players were using drugs anywhere from 2 to 9 years ago. There’s been quite an upheaval in the drug testing programs…and it even encompassed the Cleveland Indians, who at the time were in the World Series. But, here in Baltimore, we never thought Tejada was doing anything either.
Mitchell was very quick to say there were tons of dealers, users, and there were constantly people using back and forth from BALCO to recuperation centers. It’s a 409 page report, which believe me I plan to read after my finals. My goodness, the Senate Minority Leader…goodness. How has Major League Baseball gotten to this point?
Mitchell has said countless times, it’s time to make sure that there is a fresh start, that the fans don’t need to see disciplinary action, they need to see a fresh new start, with a good strong, drug testing programs, allowing for disciplinary action in the future for future violations. I must admit that even as Mitchell professes that there was all kinds of speculation as to who and what were in the report. I knew that Tejada would be named. Palmeiro, Sosa, and McGwire would probably be named as well.
Okay Minority Leader Mitchell…we know that widespread use of steroids in MLB was rampant, all that this is doing is allowing that its open to the public now. The random drug testing program is effective? That’s good. But, what will prevent you from doing HGH? Yup, nothing.
So…did these people cheat? Yea, they did. But, you know what? Did they really? No…no one was testing them when it was being done. 9 years ago was 4 years after the strike. There was nothing that could put fans in seats. So, when you get the enthusiasm and excitement back with Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, and Sammy Sosa, then illegal use of steroids has now allowed fans in seats. The commissioner was smart to go through to write this report….yes I agree with that. However, now you have told the fans that their favorite players are cheaters.
Do people honestly care? If it wasn’t any other sport….I would totally say no. But, this report reaches from the NY Yankees, the Dodgers, the Mets, the San Fransisco Giants, the Dodgers, the Astros, and the Orioles. God knows who else. This report says that performance enhancement drugs have been a 2 decade problem. What gets me is that it’s now about moving on…
If….and that’s huge…if this wasn’t America’s game, and America’s past time, this would be a relative non-issue. The National Football League didn’t have congressional hearings when they started their random drug testing, it gently moved on without issue. He says over and over again,
“But it is now time to look to the future, to get on with the important and difficult task that lies ahead. Everyone involved in Major League Baseball should join in a wellplanned, well-executed, and sustained effort to bring the era of steroids and human growth hormone to an end and to prevent its recurrence in some other form in the future. That is the only way this cloud will be removed from the game. The adoption of the recommendations set forth in this report will be a first step in that direction. ”
Senator Mitchell will not put on any one person. He has named numerous club officials, and has stated in this press conference that owners, commissioners, general managers, players, and colleagues are all at fault for either looking the other way, or for allowing this illegal use to occur. He has blatently said that he refuses to figure that others aren’t allowed to be in the Hall of Fame (ex. Mark McGwire) due to steroid suspicion. That’s not his decision. He gives the impression that he might be a principal owner, but I haven’t found that anywhere.
As a fan, I have to say…I’m disappointed. But, 20 months and 20 million dollars….and it’s over. It’s time to move on. It’s time to get past this. Move onto the game during spring training, and opening day. I don’t believe that we need to have huge disciplinary action. I think that the recommendations for the random testing advances are a good thing. If baseball wants to continue to profit from the fans, they need to end this as soon as possible.
Major League Baseball is due to respond this afternoon. It should be good…and I’m interested to see what happens.
Special thanks to MSNBC…www.msnbc.com, and ESPN http://www.espn.com for the research due to this article.