In what promises to be a bombshell, former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell is going to release his findings on steroids and Major League Baseball today at 2 P.M. Eastern:
...the report would name more than 50 active and former major league players who are linked to the use of performance-enhancing drugs. The person who read the report said among those named would be the winners of Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards.Word around the campfire is that among those named will be Roger Clemens, one of the most amazing pitchers ever to play the game. That is a crying shame.
I'm not saying this as a Yankees fan -- I would say the same if Greg Maddux or Cal Ripken, Jr. were implicated.
The idea that this is serving some sort of justice is a farce. Selig wanted to show that he was serious about this problem, as if he and the other owners didn't notice that half of baseball was suddenly peopled with giants, and thus decided to wreck the image of a generation of ballplayers instead of just putting this all behind them.
This report was not in the best interest of baseball and will do far more damage than good.
Expect mindless, embarrassing, career-ending and legacy-tarnishing Congressional hearings soon.
UPDATE: Here's the list:
Gary Bennett Jr.
Jerry Hairston Jr.
Paul Lo Duca
Gary Matthews Jr.