Sports Bad Day For Baseball
posted by December 13 at 8:55 AMon
The Mitchell Report—the long investigation of steroids and baseball—is set to be released in about an hour. ESPN is in full MAJOR STORY mode, and already the appearance of one big name in the report has been leaked:
Some folks on the union side have been hinting that the Mitchell investigators requested the company of big-time stars as they looked into allegations of performance-enhancing drugs. “Landscape-changing names,” said one agent. “Names that will change the way we look at the sport.”
It is unclear whether these players were merely asked as a formality or if, in fact, the investigators had some evidence that they wanted to present to the players for a response. The reason for the intrigue is not just to satisfy our gossipy curiosity: As we have seen with Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds, legacies — and Hall of Fame candidacies — can be devastated when a player is tied to the steroids mess. Based on early reports by ESPN, at least Roger Clemens’ name will appear in the report.
It’s going to be a long day for America’s pastime.
Update: ESPN is now reporting Andy Pettitte’s name is also listed in the report. Pettitte just signed a one year, $16 million contract with the Yankees.