Waiting out Steroid D-Day

The end of an era in the Bronx
SF no longer interested in Matsui

So today’s the day, huh? At 2 p.m., George Mitchell of the Boston Red Sox will unveil his report on steroids in baseball to the world, and sportswriters everywhere will cover a story they should written about 10 years ago.

As Joe wrote on Tuesday, we’re not holding out much hope for the Mitchell Report. Yes, it will make headlines. Yes, some players will be judged guilty in the eyes of the public. And yes, the Astros probably traded for a headache they don’t want.

But the problems — and ESPN detailed more today — far outweigh the benefits. Who cares which sluggers were doping before MLB had a solid testing program and drug policy in place? While Mark McGwire looked foolish saying it in front of Congress, the past is the past. George Mitchell cannot change what happened, and baseball should really just be trying to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Needless to say, neither the Commission’s Office or the MLBPA seem too concerned with drugs to institute a top-notch policy.

For all the proselytizing I can do on steroids, for fans of individual players and teams, it’s personal. How would Yankee fans react if some big names showed up on the list of around 80 names that are supposedly in the report? What happens if it’s one of the good guys who actually matter? Or one of the guys still on the team? I guess we’ll find out.

Here at the RAB, I’m just hoping that none of the homegrown talent shows up. Last week, Yankees Chick released her list of Yanks who better not be in the report, and it’s a solid rundown of the fan favorites. Right now, only time will tell, and we will, of course, have a story about it as the report is released.

In the meantime, follow The Big Lead’s lead. They’ve called for a Mitchell Report fantasy draft. Name the guys most likely to appear in the report, and if Barry Bonds, anticlimactically, isn’t on the top of all the lists, I’d be pretty surprise.

The end of an era in the Bronx
SF no longer interested in Matsui
  • E-ROC

    I don’t want to know how who was doping. It’s pointless. The report will bring more negative attention to the MLB after another exciting season with the teams like the Rockies, Phillies, and the Midges all making an impact.

  • Tripp

    Fox News and CNN were reporting this morning that several “prominent” Yankees were included on the list. I’m sure Mitchell included the current starting lineup and Bucky Dent.

    The whole thing is a joke. David Ortiz better be on that list.

  • Bo

    I cant wait for the first player to sue because he got name dropped in a report without any evidence to back it up besides the word of a convicted felon and clubhouse attendant.

  • mehmattski

    How do you knooooow she’s a witch?

    -She turned me to a newt!

    • Motown Yankee Fan


  • NYFan50

    On a messageboard elsewhere that I read I saw something disturbing. There is no source, and possibly no credibility to this, but I’ll post it anyways with that disclaimer: “Just heard that a local paper is reporting that no Mets from the current roster and several prominent current Yankees will be named in the report.”

    • steve (different one)

      which i don’t get b/c Schoenweiss was already linked to PEDs….

  • Rob – Ct.

    I swear, if somehow Ortiz isn’t on this list than it should spark another investigation! First Selig sells the Sox to the Henry group for 20 cents on the dollar and than the lead in the steroid investigation is Mitchell who just happens to work for the Sox. So if no prominent Sox are on this list, hmmmmm, can’t help but put 2 and 2 together!!

    • steve (different one)

      umm, i’m not saying Ortiz didn’t take PEDs, but if there is ONE guy i wouldn’t hold my breath to see on that report, it’s Ortiz.

      think about it this way: if Randy Levine was asked to write this report, i would bet my house that Derek Jeter wasn’t going to be in the report.

  • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    Espn is stating that Roger Clemens will be in the report. :(

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      And this is somehow a surprise?

      • http://myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

        lol I guess not…I’ve always wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt…

  • Clemson Rob

    How biased will this report be? Mitchell works for the RED SOX. Something tells me this report will be anti-Yankee and not give away many Red Sox player names. If I don’t see a Curt Schilling or Manny on this list, I will add it to the ever-growing love affair Major League Baseball has with the Sox.

  • Rob – Ct.

    I have a feeling there is gonna be a strange lacking of Hispanic players on the list. Just because it seems to me that none of the investigation involved anything other than suppliers and connections in the immediate United States. So those who most likely used and recieved their supplies while in Dominican countries, will be spared.
    (Ortiz, Guerroro, Pujols…..)

  • NYFan50

    Klapisch is reporting the same thing: no current Mets, several prominent current Yankees.


  • mehmattski

    No current Mets, only because they dumped Guillermo Mota on the Brewers two weeks ago. You know, the same Mota that the Mets signed to an extension after he failed a steroid test

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