Major League Baseball released this statement from the commissioner today:
Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that he will not take any disciplinary measures against Jason Giambi of the New York Yankees given his cooperation with Senator George Mitchell’s investigation and his off-field charitable activities. Giambi had admitted to the use of performance-enhancing substances in a newspaper article in May and subsequently discussed his use with Senator Mitchell’s investigative team.
“Jason was frank and candid with Senator Mitchell,” said Commissioner Selig. “That and his impressive charitable endeavors convinced me it was unnecessary to take further action.”
In a letter to Giambi, the Commissioner wrote: “In the days since your interview, your representatives have discussed with my office your commitment to off-field charitable activities. For example, your agent has informed my office that you intend to donate $50,000 to the Partnership of a Drug Free America. You have also committed to make an additional donation of $50,000 in cash or equipment to the Harlem RBI. You also have agreed to make an appearance at the Major League Baseball Academy in Compton, California during the 2007-2008 off-season. Finally your representatives have notified the Baseball Tomorrow Fund of your willingness to participate in a check presentation ceremony.”
Nice to see the dog-and-pony show never ends. Giambi was forced to testify in return for not being suspended. He apparently admitted to using steroids, which he had already done to a grand jury years ago. But Selig got a real live active player to meet with Mitchell, a first.
The $100,000 in charity shouldn’t take much of a bite out of Giambi’s salary considering he makes $129,629 a game. Real impressive.
This whole thing is a farce. Meanwhile, remember all those dire stories about how former Mets clubhouse flunky Kirk Radomski was going to blow the lid off the game with his revelations? The lid remains closed.
Looking into the past will solve nothing. Toughen the testing programs, test more often and finance research to find a blood test for human growth hormone. That’s the only way baseball can fix its drug problem. Look to the future, not the past.