More Than Steroids: Scandal Sheds Light On MLB Problems

NCorrespondent IFebruary 19, 2009

Baseball used to be considered as American as apple pie. Now, it’s like baseball fans bit into the apple pie and found a baked worm in it, with a big head and a nasty temper. ‘Roid rage through and through.

Can we ever go back to the time of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, where the great players were truly great and not drugged? Probably not. Steroids have permanently altered baseball. The Alex Rodriguez scandal is only the latest twist in this sordid steroid tale, but is by far the most disturbing.

Rodriguez was one of 104 players who participated in an “anonymous” steroid test in 2003. That is where baseball fans run into the first puzzling aspect of this situation.

Rodriguez shouldn’t have been taking steroids in the first place  But he was also misled into taking that test because, obviously, it was not anonymous.

The media is focusing a lot on Alex Rodriguez and his place in history. They were anxious to find out what MLB Commissioner Bud Selig was going to say about the situation. Who cares? Why not ask him why his league is misleading its employees into taking a test that could ruin their career or legacy? Why are you releasing those test’swith names to Congress? Don’t they have enough to worry about?

Selig has allowed Congress to intervene in baseball for far too long. He allowed them to seize Rodriguez’s and 103 other player’s results in 2004. Someone leaked the results to the media—but who? Was it someone in Selig’s offices or in a Congressional office? Who stumbled across the results and decided to give Sports Illustrated a scoop?

There’s a rat in the system, somewhere. With two different entities involved, it’s going to be nearly impossible to find the mole. Media outlets do not have to reveal their sources. And, thus far, Selig hasn’t called for any investigation into the situation. Maybe Selig knows who the rat is.

Think about it. In late February/early March, people aren’t really talking about baseball. The focus is on basketball, March Madness, and the All-Star Weekend.

It must be pretty hard for Bud Selig to sell those preseason baseball tickets. Unless of course, there’s a big baseball scandal about a week before they go on sale. That’s pretty convenient timing, don’t you think?

Interest in baseball is dwindling. This certainly got fans and columnists buzzing. Selig must like that—and all of the tickets he’ll sell because of it.

And how convenient that out of 104 names, the only name released is that of  the highest paid player in baseball.

That seems like a leak that doesn’t leave a paper trail. Instead of just copying the whole list and turning it over to the media, the source just randomly comes across Rodriguez’s name and decides to leak that particular name? You could sell the Alex Rodriguez results for a lot of money—what about the other 103?  You’re telling me that Alex Rodriguez was the only player of consequence who tested positive six years ago?

I’m not buying it—are you?

I wouldn’t be surprised if Selig decides to take the suggestion floating around and wipes the 150 homers Rodriguez hit during his steroid years from his career total. Maybe he’ll break this news with really good timing, like before season tickets go on sale.  The Yankees have a  new stadium AND a scandalous player? Ka-ching!

Something doesn’t smell right in baseball. And it might not be the apple pie.