In A Few Short Hours

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In a few short hours the Mitchell Report is set to be released.. Will your childhood heroes, or favorite players be one of the 60-80 names on this report.. or were they lucky enough not to be mentioned? My childhood hero, and 2nd favorite pitcher in the games name was released this morning.. Oh say it ain’t so Roger? Its being reported that Roger Clemens name is in this report.. A former conditioning coach with the Yankees told Mitchell and his team that he supplied steroids to Roger before his Yankee days, and during his Yankee days.. This will most definitely hurt a Hall of Fame induction.. and tarnish the reputation and career of one of the top 5 pitchers to every take the mound.. This is infact a sad day for me..

I always had my suspisions.. but never wanted to believe it.. This is what I get for giving someone in Baseball the “benefit of the doubt” in a day and age where cheating is more glamours then actually playing the game the way it was ment to be played! Thank God my other childhood hero Nolan Ryan retired.. I can still hold on to those memories and have them untainted!  As soon as the Mitchell Report is released.. we here at the Corner will post it, so everyone can run thru the list..

Sadly enough.. this report is not going to solve anything.. Mitchell had little to no help from players, coaches, and trainers.. He had no power to make people talk.. and if you want me to believe that only 60-80 players have used steroids, then you must think Im stupid.. This is going to be a nice little story for a few days.. with players making statements “They never did anything” some suspensions will be handed down, and then a lengthy, and costly investigation will be swept back under the rug.. Bud didn’t really want to know.. The American people really didn’t want to know either.. This is a sad sad attempt to save face.. This is the “Look were trying to clean up the sport” When all you really did.. was tarnish a few careers. This Mitchell Report itself is not going to clean up the sport, and its not going to tell us anything we really didn’t know.. Names like Pettiete, Clemens, McGuire, Sosa, Bonds, Giambi, Tejada ect.. THEY WERE ALREADY OUT THERE! Tell us something new.. because anything thing else is a waste of our time Mr. Mitchell!

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4 Responses

  1. We have obtained a list of the names. It is listed on sportsconversation.com

  2. I am going to have to agree with the “what will be done?” interpretation of this. Sure, there might be a little tarnish on some reputations, but I am sure it is nothing that a few $100k can make the players believe it is worth it.

    I have people give me a hard time because I enjoy watching cycling, one sport which has been slammed for steroid abuse on the international stage. The main reason cycling has received such a beating is because they are working to discourage steroid use. For first time offenders, there is a 2 year suspension. For a second time offense, there is a lifetime ban. It is enough that a cyclist’s team will fire them before any official punishment can be administered.

    Now, imagine if this was the case with MLB, or any of the sports in the United States. We have this list of 60-80 names coming out. There will likely be some big names on this list. Imagine if all of the sudden these players were banned from playing on any team for 2 years. This includes the cancellation of their contracts. Yes, in 2 years they get to come back, but they will be performing nowhere near their previous ability. First, they will be out of practice. I do not care who you are, but having time away from the sport, even with individual training, you will not be able to jump right back in.

    Second, they will no longer be using steroids. Any performance enhancement previously received will be gone. That being said, what temptation will there be to use steroids again? If they are caught a second time, they have no option of going back. They will not be bringing in the same money they were before, and who is to say how well they will be able to keep up with the rest of the players. Basically, they will be given the threat of a ruined career instead of just a suspension for a few games and a fine.

    I never see this happening, though. So many players in any sport are celebrated as individuals for their performance. The better the performance, the more money they bring in as well as their team and the governing body (i.e. MLB). Do you think these organizations are going to sacrifice that much potential inflow of cash, especially if people are just going to forget about what happened a month later? Just to comment on this, how many people still think about MLB players testifying as part of a congressional subpoena, and who call name any of the players who testified without having to google it?

    You can come out with as many lists and run as many investigations as you like, but until there are consequences to go along with breaking the rule, nothing will change. In order for this to happen, there will likely be some sacrifice required, largely financial. Now tell me, do you expect any organization or individual in this country to make a large financial sacrifice for the betterment of a sport if it does not provide them with some sort of benefit in the end? The one thing that will have to happen to create the benefit is for people to stop attending events or buying sports goods threatening profits, and as said before, people forget about this sort of thing after several weeks. That being said, what is the likelyhood of anything of this to happen?

  3. nice find sportsconversation… the only name i’m actually shocked about: mark prior.

    phil, you’re correct about the pursuit of a clean sport and punishments along with testing procedures. The NFL has just as serious problem with doping as the MLB… but while the NFL at least tries to keep it out of the sport, the MLB tries to keep it out of the media.

    and woohoo… our new outfielder, MILTON BRADLEY…. a nutcase and cheater.

  4. Mark Prior had surgery at one point didnt he? I know Kerry Woods is on the list because of all his shoulder surgeries.. Dude.. Wally Joyner? Wow..

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