Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Baseball's real hot corner
Today, former Olympic star athlete Marion Jones was stripped of the five medals she won at the 2000 Sydney Games for using performance-enhancing drugs. Tomorrow, fans of Major League Baseball and of integrity in general are bracing for the release of the results of baseball's investigation into steroid abuse. As the San Francisco Chronicle reported today, MLB's investigation, conducted by former Sen. George Mitchell, will likely add to the list of 55 current and former players who have been accused of using performance-enhancing drugs. The steroid question was all over the news last year, when Barry Bonds broke baseball's all-time home run record. But will Mitchell's report, commissioned by Major League Baseball, address the responsibility of league execs and club owners who undoubtedly looked the other way as drug abuse exploded in clubhouses around the league? Since those very execs and club owners paid the $2 million a month cost of the 21-month probe, we seriously doubt it. Mitchell himself is a director of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox.