George Mitchell made it a point today to say that none of the players mentioned in his report should be punished by MLB. Pretty telling.
Bud Selig – who incredibly said he hadn’t read the whole report – said he would take each player on a case-by-case basis and act swiftly.
If the commissioner tries to suspend anybody, he’s going to create quite a mess. Because the feds had the goods on Kirk Radomski and Brian McNamee, they ratted out some players to Mitchell. Radomski lives in New York and worked for the Mets. So many of the players he dealt to were connected to the New York teams.
The dealers in Los Angeles, Boston, Miami and other places ducked the investigation. I’m no former Senator, but I suspect Radomski and McNamee had competitors. You know what many players will want for Christmas? Their canceled checks back.
If Selig starts suspending assorted Yankees, Orioles and Blue Jays based on the report of a Red Sox team director, he’s going to upset competitive balance and raise more questions about the validity of this report.
Beyond that, suspending players based on hearsay evidence is tricky business. Threaten somebody with time in the big house and they’ll toss their mom under the bus. There are no positive tests here, no photographs, no audio.
You want to punish teams based on what the towel boy said? The MLBPA would sprint to court on that. In real life, these charges are flimsy at best.
Public scorn is enough. Suspensions need to be based on hard evidence, not the squeals of a rat.
Anyway, that’s the blog for tonight. I’m going to catch I Am Legend and forget about baseball for a few hours. Thanks too everybody for reading and especially for participating all day.
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