Cheating is cheating regardless of whether the arena is famous or unnoticed. The baseball world...which has my attention...is torn between the damage drugs do and the men we admire from a distance (and some as personal friends). The news from George Mitchell's report yesterday is no news at all. The talk of punishment and attack on this problem only calls for more shrugs and yawns. MLB has never been serious about this problem and that's why a few minor leaguers get their hands slapped during the season. Baseball gurus hope this little signal pacifies those wondering if this problem is being attended.
While the players deservedly will take the hits upon any penalties distributed (And who expects much of that?), there are matters not headed for congress which also should be investigated. What causes this blatant cheating? Money. The top 24 guys leaving Spring Training get the big bucks. The top spending teams "usually" have the best shot at the pennant....and additional money.
Who pays the big bucks to the big guys while turning their heads from the fact a player has bulked up and hits the ball so far and throws so strongly? The owners. They don't care about the men. Their bottom dollar is the bottom dollar.
At one time there was a Major League Commissioner who served neutrally between owners and players.....until the last appointment. The owners selected a man among themselves to be the new commissioner, Bud Selig, who once owned the Milwaukee Brewers. Today he's going to clean up the drug problem. How's he going to do that without cleaning up the dollar problem which has his ear bent by each of the owners?
I remain a die-hard baseball fan. The game, however, has lost its glitter and its charm because skill has been replaced by greed and the marketing schemes which follow. My proposal is to penalize the owners, the general managers, and the managers in the pocket book at each player violation. Money runs the game. Money removed might correct it.