“I am saddened by the news of the indictment against my trainer and friend.”–Barry Bonds
However the Balco case resolves itself, this should a wake-up call to MLB and the PA. A serious drug policy is required, and it’s required now.
Wake-up call? What about the 7% of players who tested POSITIVE for sterioids??? Shouldn’t THAT have been the wake-up call, not the indictments? These indictment are ominous, and the way MLB has handled this, particularly the evasion of responsibility on the part of the Players’ Union, is short-sighted at best (better numbers and performance means better money for the union members!), self-destructive (see Caminiti, Ken) at worst. Remember, the MLBPA has no interest in a serious policy, and the Owners have very little leverage against them because of their past jellyfish-like behavior in negotiations with the Union. For their part, the Owners made a calculated decision to not worry so much about steroids over the last decade, what with entertaining home run chases and all. So, don’t hold your breath for any serious policy.
Once again, we find an SF who is, apparently, off his medication. But, then again, the truth hurts; there’s no questions that MLB and the PA should have been on top of this LONG ago. The hope now is that, (a) we’re not left with another scandal on the Black Sox level, and (b) this will in fact finally scare the league/players into activity, because the fact is they have a great deal to lose, most crucially the inherent integrity of the game. Turned off fans mean a lot less money into everyones coffers, so there’s a big incentive for action here. And the majority of players, who are undoubtedly innocent, can’t be happy about competing against cheaters. That puts them at a competitive (and therefore financial) disadvantage. That can’t last.
Meanwhile, the players implicated in the Balco scandal remain unnamed by the State. We believe all are absolutely innocent until proven guilty. If the State has evidence, it’s time to pony up. On the otherhand, stars like Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi should know better than to even be seen in the presence of dopers, just as they avoid known gamblers.
I don’t understand why you make the “medication” comment – nothing I said really indicated anything beyond what you already said, and when you talk about “scandal” this has all the earmarks. Please cut it out, it’s not dignified. Charles Krauthammer, the horrid WaPo columnist, has a particularly terrible habit for making the same charges of his nemeses – you ought not want to be associated with him.
Mea Culpa. Apologies. Just responding to what was (perceived) as SF’s aggressive tone. But keep at em!
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