A few thoughts on this day in baseball:
The era of good feeling is over: MLB and the MLBPA have been quite chummy for a few years now. The last collective bargaining agreement was fairly painless and they’ve cooperated on various issues, primarily the WBC. The Mitchell Report could change that. The MLBPA got tossed under the bus for a lot of this and Bud Selig didn’t.
Lawyer up: Every team is putting out sanitized statements now. You’re going to hear a lot of “we have to move on” from all involved.
What about Congress? Predictably, the headline-hungry Reps and Senators in Washington are calling for all manner of changes and the head of Selig. Tell you what, once no more kids are getting killed in Iraq you can worry about Paul Lo Duca sticking a needle in his butt.
Roger retired: Make it official now, the Rocket is retired. There won’t be any 2008 midseason comeback after this mess. Koby, Kory, Korncob, Krazy Kat and the rest of those Clemens kids will have a full-time BP pitcher.
Not worth it: Take a look at the list of players. Most are either bums or guys who ended up becoming injured. These are performance enhancing drugs? Andy Pettitte supposedly took HGH for his elbow. He had surgery anyway. Clemens has been dogged by injuries the last few years. At some point, even baseball players have to be smart enough to realize that the short-terms gains are not worth the long-term implications.
Thanks for the ethics: A list of names was going around the internet this morning that proved to be false. Incredibly, some web sites published it. I’d like to hope this teaches them a lesson in confirming news before publishing it but that would be wishful thinking.
Finally: To me, the Mitchell Report was as useful as Carl Pavano. Most of the names were ones we have heard before. If the good Senator did not have the forced cooperation of Kirk Radomski and Brian McNamee, he would have had almost nothing. The names revealed were basically of those players stupid enough to write checks to a lug like Radomski.
Know this much: There are dozens of players breathing a sigh of relief today that they didn’t get caught. If they get scared straight, good. But MLB should invest its money in more frequent and effective tests. That’s the only way this ends. Telling us Chuck Knoblauch did something wrong seven years ago is meaningless.