Close, But No Syringe

I was happy to see the Mitchell Report come out, producing a list of players that had at one time or another used “performance-enhancing drugs” (that term itself is a little ambigious, isn’t vitamin C a performance-ehancing drug if it stops you from getting sick?). Like the rest of us, I ignored the 409-page document and went straight to the list of cheaters on ESPN.com. Anyway, it was good to see Major League Baseball finally acknowledge the problem and attempt to do something about it. Close, but no syringe.

It was disturbing to find out that most of the players named in the report never tested positive, but instead were fingered by anonymous whistle-blowers, some of which later came to be named (ie. Brian McNamee). So, in an effort to eliminate illegal drug use from Major League Baseball, Commissioner Selig and Senator Mitchell are relying on the memory and testimony of admitted drug dealers.

Granted, most of the players named probably did use steroids (there are post office slips for packages sent to some players listed in the appendices of the report), but conjecture means nothing without proof. Heresay can only take you so far and, the last time I checked, in America a person is innocent until proven guilty. So before we convict players in our minds or on our Hall of Fame Ballots, let’s hold out for a positive test. Or at least a bloody sock.

 

And in case you’re wondering why players would take steroids or HGH in the first place, this might give you a better idea.

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