Baseball’s Steroids Era
Posted by Ryan on December 13, 2007
On March 30, 2006, Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell was asked by Baseball Commissioner Bug Selig to investigate steroids use in Major League Baseball. The Mitchell Report (pdf) was in today and shock reigns throughout the land: 75 high-profile baseball players were linked to performance-enhancing drug use. This report is being spun as the worst baseball scandal since the infamous “Black Sox Scandal of 1919.”
Among the high-profile current and former players identified in the report were Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Gary Sheffield, Andy Pettitte, Jason and Jeremy Giambi, Miguel Tejada, Mo Vaughn, Chuck Knoblauch, and many others.
Mitchell concluded from his investigation that:
- Steroids use was widespread and the League should have done more and moved faster in dealing with this problem.
- The few Major Leaguers involved with this use were breaking the law.
- There was a culture in Baseball that made this activity easier to engage in from the Commissioners to the players to the Players Association to the club officials.
- We can all learn from this and move on in a positive way, making the approproate changes and alterations.
Mitchell also advocated not punishing all the players named in the report unless they behaved with particular negligence. Mitchell also happens to be the director of the Boston Red Sox. Conflict of interest? How many Red Sox players were identified? Either way this report is sending shockwaves throughout the sports world as America’s pastime takes a major hit to its reputation and integrity today.