Link for 8/27/09

And now for something completely different…

While I would be the first to say that more can and should be written about Senator Kennedy and health care, the title of this blog is “sporty politics” and I realize I have been neglecting the sports side.  So, I aim to fix that with today’s link of the day

The steroids issue in baseball just won’t go away and has been a real embarrassment for the league.  And now word comes that that infamous list of cheaters was seized illegally and should be destroyed.  Of course that won’t help the players like A-Rod or Papi who, fairly or unfairly, appear on the list and had that information leaked to the public.  A shameful turn to this story that just keeps getting worse and worse.  Public perception is that whoever is on the list MUST have tested positive, but in reality a number of those players were named because of inconclusive test results.  That could end up being a positive.  That could end up being a negative.  Either way, it is not fair for these players to face the wrath of fans and loss of money because of an illegal leak.   I’ll tell you what they should do…find the person/people who are leaking these names and throw them in jail.

I feel like everything about this whole experience has been a farce.  I mean, as much as I respect George Mitchell, his report was as pathetic as the Warren Report.   I propose the next time we set up a commission, let’s try to take a lesson from the 9/11 Commission and use facts in coming up with our conclusions.  This way we can actually believe that a commission’s report has some semblance of being the definitive word on something.  Wouldn’t that be nice.  How you miss the BIGGEST names in baseball having tested “positive” is beyond me…especially WHEN THEY WERE ON A LIST!!!  For the sake of the Middle East, let’s hope he is a better negotiator than investigator.

Posted on August 27, 2009, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Where has the player’s union been regarding the leaking of this list? Based on what I understand about the collective bargaining agreement and my paltry understanding of legalese, MLB should be in deep shit right now and I don’t understand how or why the player’s union hasn’t sued them up the ass yet.

    It is ridiculous that the list has been leaked and it’s even worse for the game that bits and pieces of it have come out. As much as I dislike A-Rod, it isn’t fair for his name to come out of this list alone. Where is Nomar (come on, he was juicing), Tejada, Bonds, etc? No one player should have to face the wrath of the public alone…

    Speaking of wrath, who gives a crap anymore? I wasn’t even that upset when Ortiz’s name appeared on the list. As far as I can tell, pretty much every player either dabbled with PEDs or was doing them, with few exceptions. If anybody believes that ANY championship that was won from the end of the 1994 lockout through last season wasn’t tainted in some way by PEDs, they’re in denial.

    If MLB and the player’s union wanted to put this to rest once and for all, they would get every person who’s name appeared on that list together during winter meetings, hold a giant press conference, release the rest of the list, talk about their new enforcement strategies, get a few somber reactions from players, and move on with their lives.

    Finally, regarding Ortiz specifically. I don’t think he was juicing. He may have taken some questionable substances, but if you look at his numbers and the way he’s played over the last two seasons, this guy doesn’t look like a former steroid user, he looks like he’s about 40. If anything, his career is following a Griffey Junior-like trajectory — the classic “I’m getting too old to play this game” look. He doesn’t see the ball that well anymore, he can’t get as much bat speed as he used to, and, most tellingly his average has plummeted.

    He’s cranked 20 homers this season, but he’s hitting .224. That’s feast or famine right there and, if you look at the end of most big-time sluggers’ careers, they all do that. Look at Hank Aaron. Look at Babe Ruth. Look at ANY slugger who wasn’t taking steroids and you see the same decline. They don’t connect often, but when they do they hit the ball a million miles (Doug Mirabelli, anyone?).

    Anyway, the point is that I still think that Ortiz took something he shouldn’t have, but his decline isn’t due to a lack of steroids, it’s because he’s old. He’s not 34. He’s probably 36 or 37. Ridiculous? Hell no. He’s Dominican and they have a storied history of lying about their ages (Miguel Tejada most recently).

    Okay, I swear I’m done.

  2. Honestly… I don’t care whose taken steroids and who hasn’t… In my opinion everyone in MLB as taken some type of PED… So it’s over who cares unless you get caught now… The old fart Media needs to get off of their high horses and vote McGwire into the hall of fame…

    • Stephen- I agree with you. However, that being said, it is still shameful that names can trickle out in this witch hunt fashion. Also, regardless of whether you or I care, people have lost endorsements over these unfounded accusations. And Beau- you are completely right about MLB being in trouble. The only thing I can think of about why they haven’t been sued is because there is other information that the players association doesn’t want to have come out in a trial. And good point about the declining power hitter…we are certainly seeing it with “clean” players and have many times over the years.

      The thing with Ortiz that I can’t get over, is that he was the only (?) accused player to actually have a rep. from the players association stand with him when he faced the music. That says to me that they do not believe that he actually tested positive.

  3. Either that or the player’s union is finally getting wise to the fact they can’t just pretend like the list isn’t getting leaked out.

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