Baseball No Longer Deserves Sports Status
One thing that happened during 2004 that we might have forgotten – there was a baseball steroid congressional hearing by the Senate Commerce Committee chaired by John McCain.
One of the newspaper articles telling about this hearing was titled: “Baseball Given Steroid Ultimatum.” In fact, on March 10, 2004, John McCain was quoted, “I can tell you and the players you represent, the status quo is not acceptable.”
During this hearing spin was rampant. Donald Fehr, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association was quoted, “Baseball players made a concession when they agreed to the current testing program. I believe that the program that we instituted has had some effect.” At that time it was believed that 5-7% tested positive to steroids.
The article later stated that Fehr didn’t take a position on the legislation but said it would be wrong to ban players from taking substances that are legal. I guess he was talking about flaxseed oil and a rubbing balm for arthritis.
OK, you can count the months, about nine, and a complete baseball season completed and now the USA Today says, “Baseball players to talk steroids with Selig and McCain pressing union to boost policy.” McCain now wants immediate action to restore the interiority of baseball.
It’s time to change baseball’s status from a sport to a shady business.
That’s the Way I Saw It.
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