Friday, December 14, 2007


I have to give credit where credit is due. I know that I am the acronym addict, but Dan Patrick came up with a good acronym on his radio show this morning.

Specifically, he used "CSI MLB" to describe the task that baseball Hall of Fame voters have before them. I don't think that they'll have to give consideration to social networker Paul Lo Duca, but the voters will have to weigh numerous circumstances when considering Hall of Fame eligibility for Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, and others.

The Richmond blog The Blog Squad claims the decision is simple - ban 'em all from the Hall of Fame. However, I ask - how do we know that the people who WEREN'T named in the report were definitely clean? We don't. I forget whether Dan Patrick or Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Bill Handel/Rich Marotta made this comment, but one of them noted that those who loudly proclaim that they never used steroids might not be proclaiming so loudly if asked about using HGH. And even if they claim never to have used HGH, can we believe them? Baseball doesn't test for HGH.

I've heard several radio personalities say this morning that there is no test for HGH. You can't necessarily make such a blanket statement, as my August 9 post "Reports of the Steroids Era's Death Are Premature" indicates. If you happen to be one of the billions of people that HAVEN'T read every one of the 1,000+ posts that I have written in this blog alone (I need a hobby), the post discusses the claims of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that they have developed an HGH test, although they admit that its applicability is limited.

Incidentally, WADA issued a statement about the Mitchell Report:

Title: WADA Statement on Mitchell Report

Date: December 13, 2007

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) welcomes Sen. George Mitchell’s report exposing the depth of the drug problem and urging progress in the fight against doping in major league baseball. WADA supports many of his conclusions and recommendations, including the recommendation that Major League Baseball must institute a credible testing program that is fully transparent, implemented by an independent third party, and incorporates year-round, no-advance-notice testing.

“The program that Sen. Mitchell is recommending is based largely on the model developed by WADA and universally approved and implemented by Sport and Governments around the world,” said WADA President Richard W. Pound. “The real question now is, what will MLB and the players’ association do? They must look at changes to the collective bargaining agreement immediately. They now have no credible reason to delay.”

As for the recommendation to waive disciplinary action against those players who were found through the report to have used banned drugs, Mr. Pound expressed his concern that accountability should not be lost in the process of moving beyond the current drug era of baseball. “WADA supports the principle of accountability, and holding everyone responsible for their own actions, including not only the players, but also the clubs and the management," said Pound. "After all, we’re talking about sport. Sport is based on rules. And when rules are broken, there must be consequences. If there’s to be any kind of amnesty, then it should promote a real truth and reconciliation that motivates all of those who have doped to be forthcoming in order to achieve a true clean slate, for the sake of restoring real integrity to the sport.”

WADA also supports the recommendation of a completely independent investigatory office to follow-up on allegations of anti-doping rules violations. “It is clear that the most effective strategy in combating doping in sport involves a combination of several programs, including testing, education, and investigations,” continued Pound. “Non-analytical evidence is just as important in determining a doping violation as a positive test. We have been promoting this approach and promoting collaboration between the Sport Movement and government and law enforcement authorities to ensure that we can attack doping in this way as well.”

Amnesty, truth, reconciliation - I thought WADA was based in Switzerland and Canada, not South Africa.

But I have a hint for the WADA people - if you REALLY want to get Americans to line up behind you, then you have to speak like us. And in this country of ours, we use "sport" in the plural.

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Hawaii said...

There is also the problem that the report provides very varying levels of "proof". There is lots against some players and only a passing bit of circumstantial evidence against others. To take this report and judge everyone on it the same is as unfair as forgetting that many players may have been overlooked by the reoprt (seems it depended on which clubhouses they could get someone to talk in. Some clubs managed to get everyone to stay quiet). I think that is why Mitchell recommended no punishments and and said just to move forward.