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Baseball Needs to "Come Clean"

Posted on: February 9, 2009 7:19 pm

I am thoroughly disgusted by Major League Baseball and their cowardly lack of action.  I'm no A-Rod fan, and he deserves every bit of grief that he gets.  But what about the organizations?  Why are we all mad at the athletes when we all know deep down in our hearts that the League and the teams at a minimum enabled, most probably encouraged, and possibly even distributed.  We've all heard the rumors that the trainers put out "Leaded" and "Unleaded" coffee and the designation was which one had amphetamines, not whether or not there was caffeine.  

Maybe it's political.  Maybe the owners are trying to weaken the union.  But most definitely they have done nothing to identify or correct the problem.  The Mitchell Report was a joke; George Mitchell was given no powers and thus only had 2 informants that were cooperating due to federal charges prior to Mitchell contacting them.  The new drug testing penalties were so vague and fool of loop-holes when first written that the US government threatened the MLB to make the wording more clear.  And the Mitchell Report admitted it was only a first step in the process, so what further steps has the MLB taken?

This is what I want to hear from the MLB:  "We knew that our players were taking steroids and did nothing about it.  We turned a blind-eye and we are sorry.  All trainers and coaches were aware of steroid use in their players.  Most GMs knew about steroid use and ignored this information in their pursuit of free-agents and contract negotiations.  Some unscrupulous trainers provided players with amphetamines and can no longer be employed by any MLB organization.  We apologize for this terrible misjudgement and have contributed along with the player's union (enter value in hundreds of millions here) to a fund dedicating to ongoing health care issues that players may face due to steroid use.

Category: MLB

Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2009 12:24 pm

Baseball Needs to "Come Clean"

Pretty simple really. We screwed up.  And that we should mean "all of us and we're not going to quibble over degree".

Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2009 7:22 pm

Baseball Needs to "Come Clean"

Maybe MLB could take a lesson in honesty from our current President. "We screwed up!", I agree with you, that's what I want to hear. 


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