Though YF and I have done our best to cultivate a site that is short on innuendo and uninformed speculation about who has used PEDs, with the coming Mitchell Report I had to perform an experiment. Yesterday I wrote down ten names that I thought would appear in the Mitchell Report and sealed them in an envelope (I took a picture of the list with the atomic clock adjacent, just so the veracity of this post is without question). I intentionally stayed away from the names we all know already and who were guaranteed to appear in the report: Giambi, Sheffield, Caminiti, etc. And I stopped at ten because I couldn’t bring myself to name 60. The contents of the envelope are after the jump.
I think this shows the danger in speculating. Though we don’t know for sure if I was wrong on any one of those players on my list not named in the Mitchell Report, the risks in throwing names against a wall (as YF and I have avoided doing and discouraged here at YFSF) should be clear. The cynical effect that the drug issue in MLB has had should be evident by the names I was willing to put on this list. Nobody is without suspicion, in effect, though some guys draw more than others. That is the most damning outcome of Ownership and the Player’s Association waiting too long to do something about this problem.