And those were just the ones who were caught. Bottom line is that the UNION representing baseball players was able to stall and delay things for a very long time. On top of others in baseball not desiring to upset things too much. So while every sport has dope, baseball grew worse and worse. Now a total of 88 players, many household names have been exposed to be involved in dope.
Some people will never believe these guys are big time cheaters. Especially their favorites if named. I think we all felt John Rocker was on something. So for him to show up in the list was no surprise!
Barry Bonds’ name is all over the Mitchell report and while I contemplated putting quotes here from the report about him, it would take so many pages I decided not to. If you read some of the report though, you’ll see that Bonds and his trainer Gary Anderson were the reason lots of other players ended up using the same dope he’s been repeatedly accused of using.
Mitchell has recommended baseball not boot all the cheaters or try to discipline them all. Basically, all this work and Mitchell asks for amnesty.
From the Mitchell report:
I urge the Commissioner to forego imposing discipline on players for past violations of baseball’s rules on performance enhancing substances, including the players named in this report, except in those cases where he determines that the conduct is so serious that discipline is necessary to maintain the integrity of the game. I make this recommendation fully aware that there are valid arguments both for and against it; but I believe that those in favor are compelling.
Bud Selig, being spineless probably won’t come down very hard on anyone and has already provided his response.
So they’ve been exposed, but nobody will do much about it.
It would be fitting that NOBODY named in the report ever be inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame.
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