Thursday, December 13, 2007
As expected, the long-anticipated Mitchell report on steroid abuse in baseball is out and, as expected, it is long on accusations against the players and short on blame for management. The report names dozens of extremely famous or still active players as abusers of performance-enhancing drugs -- like Barry Bonds -- but strikes out where it really matters. Where are the names of the club owners or league officials who knew about the drug abuse but failed to take affirmative steps to combat it? Instead, the report blames the players, and the players' union, for the problem.