Friday, December 14, 2007
Hello everyone! Have you read enough about the Mitchell Report yet? I think I have, and yet, I have to admit that it is rather interesting. I am not going to go on and on about this topic, but having now skimmed most of the report and read several responses, I do have a couple of thoughts. I also wanted to make sure that you are able to voice your thoughts and opinions somewhere, so please feel free to chime in whether you agree or disagree.
· My overall summary of what I think is this; What was really learned by this report? Sure, there were a couple of new names, but not really any major stars were a surprise. Most of the names had been mentioned at some point over the last couple of years. Bonds. Giambi. Sheffield. Clemens. Dykstra. Gagne. Tejada. Glaus. Those were already known.
· And yes, the fact that Roger Clemens name was on there was not at all surprising. My only hope is that his legacy and career are bashed and scrutinized to the full extent that Barry Bonds has been over the past three or four years.
· With that said, I also believe that those two should not be more heavily scrutinized than the players on the list that were not All-Stars. I think it is fair to say that there are more borderline big league players on this list that likely took something just to give themselves an extra boost to give themselves a better shot at a big league roster spot.
· There were no current Twins on the list. Rondell White, Chuck Knoblauch, Dan Naulty, Denny Neagle, Chad Allen and Juan Rincon were the only former Twins mentioned by name in this list. Check out Josh’s Thoughts for more specifics on them. However, only Rincon was an actual Twins player when they were allegedly using PEHs.
· Back to Clemens, I can’t believe the excuses that I am hearing some in the media making for him. Maybe there was an agenda. I am very curious what the public will think of Clemens. He has been given a free pass to this point.
· There are still a few players addressed as “Player A” or “Player B” that the report says they can’t name for legal reasons. Who are those names? That just adds to the point that this is anything but a complete list.
· The report does present a very interesting history of drug abuse in the big leagues back 20-25 years. It was neat reading the names of the players suspended for cocaine abuse in the mid-80s. Names like Willie Wilson and Pascual Perez bring back great memories.
· Where are all those Jack Cust backers now?
· I was unaware that Ferguson Jenkins had been arrested going into Canada with marijuana, hashish and cocaine. Sometime when you have a chance, compare the numbers of Fergie Jenkins to those of Bert Blyleven and then again remind me why Blyleven is not in the Hall of Fame and Jenkins is.
· Jose Canseco thinks this report is a joke. When asked why Alex Rodriguez wasn’t named, he only said that the list of players in the report was incomplete. Again, this is something that we knew going in.
· Hopefully what will happen though is that this report will just be the starting point. Maybe a couple more people will talk and name names. I mean, isn’t that the goal?
· I am glad that the report did give the Commissioner several recommendations, and hopefully Bud Selig will do that.
· And, for the record, I also agree with the Players Association stance that it goes against personal rights to submit to random drug testing when there is no real proof.
· And finally, hopefully the players will take it upon themselves to do things the right way. We can blame the owners and General Managers for not knowing and being ok with what was going on in terms of home runs and strikeouts because people were coming to games. We can blame the managers, and coaches, for not knowing or shielding their players. We can blame the clubhouse attendants or those that supplied the PEHs. But the suppliers don’t supply players that don’t ask for drugs. It comes down to pride really. Like we’ve seen, many of those named Thursday or in the past are guys that were in that AAA/AAAA category of player. They used the excuse of doing what it takes to make the big leagues. Well, if you can’t make it on your own, was it worth it?
· And, having said that, I don’t know what I would do in that situation. Yes, I would love to say that I didn’t need performance enhancers to get to the big leagues. But if I could see that I couldn’t make it on my own, would I try to make it regardless of how it was accomplished? In reality, if it meant a 15 game or a 50 game suspension to be able to say that I played in the big leagues, I truly don’t know what I would do. No one could take that away. No one can take away those memories. That is a much more difficult question than we all wish it would be. We all like to think that we would ‘do the right thing’ and ‘just say no’ but in the end, are we sure?
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