Sunday, December 16, 2007

Say it aint so Roger.....

If the Mitchell report is right and Roger Clemens used performance enhancing drugs and if Barry Bonds is convicted in the current perjury case before the courts, then both the greatest pitcher and the greatest slugger of the last 20 years will not get into the Hall of Fame.

Sen. Mitchell talks about the hundreds of thousands of children who look up to these players as role models. Therefore I feel that the damage has already been done. These kids have grown up with the super muscled MacGwires and Bonds and have seen what steroids can do to a players ability on the field. It can raise a good player to great and this will be a huge incentive for these kids to play follow the leader. No other baseball scandal whether it be Pete Rose or the Black Sox were an existential type threat to the game. We have seen the glory of steroids with 70 homerun seasons and 3.0 lifetime ERAs....now we need to see the punishment.

Sen. Mitchell does not think that they should be criminally punished (and I agree). However Major League Baseball and the sports writers need to impose some kind of punishment. I think keeping them out of Cooperstown will serve as a start. The other punishment should be to asterisk their records (The Baseball equivalent of a Scarlet letter) and possibly even have their career records stricken from the books. That would be a powerful statement to young players that steroid use has serious consequences.

And finally almost all of this has happened under Bud Selig's reign and it would be highly unjust if he doesnt bear some of the resposnsibility for allowing Americans pastime to be so permanently tarnished.

2 Comments:

Blogger Apurva said...

Couple of points to clarify:
1. It's Roger Clemens, not Clemons
2. Barry Bonds is on trial for perjury during his grand jury testimony, not necessarily a "steroids" trial.

The players are to blame, but so are the owners/management of these teams, as there was never any testing of steroids previously and still now, not even a good blood test for HGH detection. PLayers were taking advantage of the system, which in turn made the owners/teams HUGE amounts of money because all these guys were hitting home runs and people were coming to see more and more games, hence more revenue.

The Mitchell report, while a good idea, is merely just shadows on the scene of a large large epidemic that we'll never know the true impact of. A good start, but now the notoriously shrewd players union must come to the table to improve the game, instead of hiding beneath their clauses and union rights.

aap

9:17 AM  
Blogger Billy said...

Most ballplayers today are taking homeopathic growth hormone oral spray because it's safe, undetectable, and legal for over the counter sales. As time goes on it seems it might be considered as benign a performance enhancer as coffee, aspirin, red bull, chewing tobacco, and bubble gum.

6:31 AM  

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