From: John the Lawyer
Subject: Mitchell Drops the Bomb on Baseball
May come as a huge surprise, but it’s not just cycling that has a drug problem! No, really, it’s true.
George Mitchell dropped the bomb on major league baseball today in a report to the Commish that, for more than a decade, there has been widespread use of steroids and “other performance enhancing substances” by players ranging from those with brief careers in the majors to “potential members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.”
Who knows? Maybe Vino, Rasmussen, et al. will get some breathing space now.
I’m not sure who is going to walk out of this mess with anything resembling breathing space. It’s going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better.
I’ve been hearing about Mitchell’s report one all day on the news. We all have. I think the next few days are going to be interesting as folks read through the document, interview those who have been named, and get those who are in a position to do something about it in front of a camera.
It is also going to force the other big sports in this country to get serious about this shit.
And it’s about time.
More on the subject from news.bbc.co.uk
Dozens of players have been linked to taking performance-enhancing substances in a report on Major League Baseball that alleges a serious drug culture.
Former Senator George Mitchell, who led the investigation, said several All-Stars were suspected of using steroids and human growth hormones.
… Mr Mitchell’s report concluded that there was evidence that all 30 Major League clubs were affected by use of banned substances.
“For more than a decade there has been widespread illegal use of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing substances by players in Major League Baseball in violation of federal law and baseball policy,” Mr Mitchell said at a news conference.
And the good news is they might actually try to do something about it.
He also called for MLB to outsource drug-testing and form an investigative arm to pursue allegations of drug use.
In response, MLB head Bud Selig said he embraced all the recommendations made.
Update: A list of the playas from nytimes.comby