Bud Selig’s George Mitchell’s Truth Commission

We’ve already said our peace on the steroid contretemps, and if you read it you’re well aware that we’re more than a little dubious about a commission commissioned by the current commissioner. And we’re not crazy about a member of the Red Sox board having anything to do with an investigation into—let’s be frank about it—Barry Bonds and two New York Yankees. They may not be the most sympathetic figures; but we hope they shouldn’t be scapegoats for what was a league-wide problem. Okay. Enough said. For the moment.

7 comments… add one
  • How about an entrenched Yankee as the arbiter of all things disciplinary, including doling out punishment to the formerly (or, more likely, still) hated Red Sox? Can Bob Watson just turn off his feelings? If you say yes to that, then George Mitchell should be just fine by you.

    SF March 30, 2006, 9:10 pm
  • Tavarez deserves his 10 day suspension for the sucker punch at homeplate.
    What does Giambi & Sheffield deserve for their steroid use ?????
    They both have admitted to using/cheating.
    What do you think their suspension should be ?
    2 Cheater’s & 1 Idiot with a salary of 207 million…….so lame!

    Todd March 31, 2006, 8:32 am
  • Also, YF leaves out Mitchell’s connection to Disney and ESPN, which might indicate a greater COI than his position on the Sox’ Board.

    SF March 31, 2006, 8:34 am
  • If this investigation just focuses on the big 3, the entire probe is a sham, Mitchell or no Mitchell. The wherever it goes approach makes it so broad that it can’t even be defined and may end up being just BALCO related – and take an awful long time just to verify info we all already know. Is MLB ready to finger 2/3rds of it players over the past ten years and sanction them the same way people want to sanction Bonds, stripping players of records and teams of pennants? I don’t think so.

    lp March 31, 2006, 9:46 am
  • “What does Giambi & Sheffield deserve for their steroid use ????? They both have admitted to using/cheating.”
    And how do you know that? Neither has admitted publicly (nor has Bonds) that they used steroids. And only Giambi MAY have stated it in CLOSED grand jury testimony.
    The only way to stop it is to TEST TEST TEST. If they dont start testing every ball player ever month or at least a couple of times a season, then it will mean nothing. Young ball players have too much pressure to avoid use unless they are certain of detection. Too many will roll the dice on their health for the sake of the huge bucks that the steroid use might gain them.
    And you just can’t change the record books. It just makes no sense as deciding what is legit and what is not is impossible. You also can’t really compare players of different eras. When Ruth hit 60 hrs it was more than the total of all but 3 clubs. When McGwire hit 70, it was less than every club and most clubs hit 2 or 3 times that many.

    bronxborn March 31, 2006, 12:19 pm
  • So Todd, are you saying it’s okay to cheat if you just admit it?
    Is the Catholic Church running MLB now?

    Hudson March 31, 2006, 3:04 pm
  • This is a one page Mark Grace intv. about steroids. His Sosa talk at the very end is cryptic.

    walein March 31, 2006, 4:07 pm

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