The Mitchell Report
In any case, we now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that if you give a former Senate Majority Leader $2 million a month for more than a year and half, force clubhouse lackeys to testify under threat of $100,000 fine, and have federal prosecutors grant vastly reduced sentences to drug convicts in exchange for cooperating with Mitchell’s private investigation, you can indeed produce circumstantial evidence that Nook Logan (career home runs: 2) and nearly four score others may have taken legal supplements without a prescription to help them recover more quickly after working out, many during a time when such supplements were perfectly acceptable according to Major League Baseball’s own rules.
If Major League Baseball wants a completely clean game, that’s their right and it’s also their business. If a baseball player is using a substance deemed illegal by federal, state, or local law, that’s a job for law enforcement and not Congressional hearings. This seems obvious on its face, but apparently it was not so since we now have a Mitchell Report.
I’ll actually go one step further and say that I’m not sure I care whether or not baseball players are using legal performance-enhancing substances, provided that the individuals are making the decision voluntary. If you just look at differences in the way athletes eat, exercise, train, and receive medical care, you’re already looking at superhuman athletes relative to their predecessors. You think many athletes spent their offseasons training in high-altitude environments before there were airplanes? Think Babe Ruth slept in an oxygen tank?
If MLB is trying to preserve old records by preserving the early-1900s human condition, they’re being preposterous. We’re not on the cusp of some new era of professional conditioning, we’re already in it. People will play baseball as long as it’s fun to play and they’ll watch baseball as long as it’s fun to watch. In short, I think everyone’s complaining too much.