The former Senate Majority Leader told baseball owners "I believe it will be in your best interests, and the best interests of baseball, if I can report that I have received full cooperation from your organizations, and from others, in conducting this investigation," according to an AP article.
Bud Selig says there have been varying levels of cooperation from the ownerships regarding large-scale document discovery and information disclosure. This has had an impact on the timeline of the production of the final report, according to Mitchell.
To say that I find it ridiculous that this is the best use of the time and money of the United States Government at its highest level would be an understatement. Mitchell cites that approximately 76% of the BWAA voters chose not to include McGwire as evidence of how important his investigation is to America. Perhaps. Important at the level of Congress? I’ll throw this (admittedly a potentially straw-man) argument into the ring. To what kind of drug tests do our elected representatives currently find themselves subject?
Maybe I don’t have a decent gauge on what middle-America finds important. Are Baseball’s best interests served by full and docile cooperation with Mitchell’s investigation? Probably. Is it appropriate that the U.S. government increase their role in Baseball’s house-cleaning? Give me a break. President George Bush Sr. appointed Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger fitness "Czar" in 1990. Then again, Arnold admitted that he used steroids, and doesn’t regret it. Is "coming-clean" what would get Baseball off the hook? What else is at work here that I am missing?