How do you think MLB should address the Mitchell Report aftermath?
Major League Baseball was already doing what they needed to do before the report came out. The consistent random drug testing (Alex Rodriguez stated he had been tested 8 or 9 times already) was the first step, with stiff penalties for those who are caught. They are also working with scientists to get tests that will be able to detect HGH, which is currently not detectable by any of the tests being used.As far as those named in the report, they have to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis to determine what real evidence exists and to figure out a punishment that fits with the nature of the various offenses.As a Houston Astros fan I was already upset with the fact that they had given up five players for one in return, Miguel Tejada (a decent hitter, but poor defensive shortstop), the day before the report. Then, the next day I find out Tejada is on the list of players who took banned performance-enhancing substances. Way to go, Astros front office, for the second year in a row.
Bud Selig should stop for a moment and look at the whole picture. I understand he will come under pressure from Congress to do more, and I think that, if he feels, he needs to discipline some players to keep Congress happy.I think you will see more players clam up, and I wish everyone, especially the players union, would just go and keep on working on the system that is in place, and I would like to see more players come out and speak on their behalf on why they did this, as I feel it would go a long way in combating this problem. I am sure sports writers will have their day in the sun by trying to persecute some of them trying to get into the Hall of Fame, but I know we all need to step back and not do the old-fashioned, knee-jerk reaction on this issue.
Since Michael Vicks dog show, nothing in sports surprises me any more.Based upon the vast majority of mediocre performers named, it seems to me that the Mitchell Report proved conclusively that the use of steroids does not necessarily assure exceptional performance. There are a lot of guys on the list who should be suing to get their money back!However, those who have excelled as a result of juicing certainly should be penalized. Since I am a member of the Bob Feller generation (I saw him pitch against the White Sox at Comiskey Park), I am in favor of Fellers suggestion. He thinks there should be a separate Steroid Hall of Fame for the guys who have cheated. That takes care of baseball, but there will be more to deal with when we get a report covering usage in all the other sports.But lets not take things like this too seriously. We must continue to remind ourselves that In the department store of life, sports is, after all, merely the toy department.
Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was named commissioner of baseball after eight members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox accepted money from gamblers and lost the World Series to Cincinnati. Known as the Black Sox, they were banned for life, and none including Shoeless Joe Jackson (see Field of Dreams) were reinstated or ever eligible for the Hall of Fame. With litigious players unions, that action would be overturned today but Id recommend the players mentioned not be considered for All-Star games or the Hall without coming clean by next season. Voters wouldnt be bound by that, but it would send a message.Miguel Tejada was a surprise because of his consecutive game streak, but most others rebounded strongly from injury or declining performance (see Roger Clemens in Toronto) or broke down quickly after peak seasons (see Eric Gagne).Though many fans and baseball officials seem not to care, baseballs history and numbers have been deeply damaged. Itll never happen, but the players union should stand up for the future of the game.
This is MLBs why-doesnt-NCAA-football-switch-to-playoffs? issue everyone knows the answer except the organization itself.MLB should address the problem just as it should have addressed it BEFORE the Mitchell Report by tightening up their drug testing and policing. The players association and industry intransigence have kept this from happening for years. The Mitchell Report doesnt *introduce* us to the problem of steroids in baseball. It merely gives us media whores some juicy specifics to buzz about. Perhaps the public embarrassment will cause some tightening of rules, but it shouldnt have had to come to that.I was surprised to see Petitte on the list, or any number of players (Bobby Estalella, David Bell, Armando Rios) whose offensive output was marginal even with drugs. But you never can tell. Barry Bonds would still have been baseballs all-time greats even had he stayed clean.
I am not gonna lie I did not want to see Clements or Dykstra on that list but am I surprised, no? I am not as naive as I used to be. Does this mean that all sports will now put together their own reports/names and we can see if football, basketball, track & field, cycling, pro wrestling can name more than 80? Dont really think the MLB can do much we do live in the U of A and without actual tests performed, I don’t think you can convict even though we all know better.To all of you college and pro athletes pumping it up just stop! It is flat out not right, nor fair and the playing field needs to be equal. Words of wisdom to the young your body and mind won’t look or feel good down the road. The Good Life really isnt about immediate gratification it is about sustained gratification, pride and honor! They do not come in a drink, powder or injection.
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