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Roger Clemens : time for action, Bud.

Posted by athomeatfenway on December 22, 2007

Dear Commissioner Selig,

You have established a proud legacy, though you don’t get much credit for it.  Your reign has seen the creation of 16 mind-blowing MLB ballparks.  You’ve overseen the expansion of the divisions & playoffs. Under your stewardship,  Baseball revenue has increased to $6 Billion per year.   You have continued development of Latin American players, the world wide promotion of the sport, reached record attendance of 78 Million, and an average team attendance of 2.6 million. 

Even  Pittsburgh drew 1.7 million, a gate that creates about $76 Million before even one beer commercial is aired.

The steroid era is not your fault, Mr. Commissioner.  Steroids are soley the Players’ fault.  Steroids were undertaken & spread throughout Baseball by the players.  And when the problem became too grand to ignore, the Union blocked progress with aggressive, able Lawyers.  And that has made all the difference in the world.

 So, what to do with Roger Clemens ?  Whatever you do, you need to do the same to all others like him.

1.  Complete the investigation on a player-by-player basis.  Make a determination of guilt or innocence, and the degree thereof.

2.  Banish players or dealers/trainers, strip awards, and censure on an individual basis.

3.  Remind Hall of Fame voters that Integrity, Sportsmanship & Character are election criteria that should guide their decisions on a level equal to Championships, Statistics & Records.

 4.  Advise Hall of Fame voters to block the election of men of low character, men whose cheating goes beyond gamesmanship.  Pay no mind to those who would allow a steriod cheat in because the Hall has already welcomed racists and others of low character.  Two wrongs do not make a right.

 5.  Earmark $30 Million ($1 Million per team) for the development of an effective HGH test and apply it, along with other drug tests, on a weekly, mandatory basis to all MLB players.

6.  Publicly request that the Union accept a clause in every contract that states use of Winstrol, HGH and all other banned or illegal performance enhancing chemicals will result in the forfeit of all salary and bonuses.   Play it in public, let Don Fehr and his brother’s be exposed for what they are.

Make them forfeit the MONEY.  That will stop steroid in its tracks.  Money has been the reason the steroid train jumped the tracks to begin with.

Again –  Make them forfeit the MONEY.   The MONEY is their GOD.  Think Roger may have been motivated by the $150 Mill he has earned since allegedly starting to juice ?

Roger could be innocent, there’s a slim chance of that.  So, give him the benefit of the doubt along with a full investigation.  Make the determination, then banish, strip awards, and censure on an individual basis to the degree warranted.

Baseball may have fallen down again.  But it will get up and it will walk straight again if you take action, Commissioner.   And that will be some legacy to leave.

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7 Responses to “Roger Clemens : time for action, Bud.”

  1. garmida said

    Excellent thoughts. I completely agree about it not being Selig’s fault. It is soley the players. They deserve all that they get.

    I think what ties Selig is the scope of the problem. There are so many more than the 80 names on the list. If the Mitchell Report had two key witnesses in LA, there would be a whole different set of names. It’s almost as if we have to say “what’s done is done” and then look to the future. Too many guys can fall through the cracks.

    I love your idea about funding a test and making the players pay back the money if they fail. Money is truly their god like you said.

    Excellent read as you gave me even more to think about. As you know, I am having trouble really wrapping my head around all of this, especially Clemens. Great food for thought here.

  2. athomeatfenway said

    Gary, thanks for your thoughts. I think you are right about just how difficult it will be for justice to be done. We might see a Clemens get punished while a Biggio or Bagwell slips through unchastised. (Not to accuse anyone.) And that wouldn’t be fair. And the breadth of suspects could be unmanageable. Great point.

    I do wonder if the media will allow Bud to not address the MVP and Cy Young winners who have been named.

    I do wonder if the owners see the steroid fiasco as an opportunity to swing labor-management momentum & public opinion to their side. Time will tell.

    Happy Holidays !

  3. Vida Blue said

    ESPN & MLB buy all the drugs and corked bats.

    Doping = profits

    Corked bats and illegal gambling drive TV ratings too.

  4. athomeatfenway said

    ESPN and MLB are NOT buying sterioids and giving them to the players. It’s the players who drill out their bats and cork them (or otherwise tamper). Hey don’t take my word for it—ask Mickey Rivers how all the ball bearings got inside the bat that Bucky Dent homered with to eliminate the 1978 BoSox.

    Corked bats = gamesmanship. Like stolen signals and spit balls.

    Doping = profits ? Perhaps temporarily, as during america’s 1998 Home Run craze. But It now looks like Doping that is Uncovered ENDS profit, which is exactly what some big names are going to be experiencing.

    Illegal gambling drives TV ratings ? ABSOLUTELY RIGHT ! But not MLB ratings — they drive NFL ratings ! The (mostly) mediocre NFL would lose half it’s fanbase were it not for gambling.

    dude — have a happy holiday.

  5. Mattie said

    Selig-Fehr Wing of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown
    The worst thing that you used to could say about a player was he was bigger than the game. This week the world read about a lot of guys who were bigger than the game. Guys who had disrespected not only their profession in the modern age, but all those in the game who went before them, who set records playing over their lifetime. Guys who were unable, unwilling to accept that their talents were dimishing, if it was natural-born talent which had brought them some degree of success through their lifetime. Guys who had diminished the game by cheating.

    Baseball is a humbling sport. It was a sport always intended to teach humility. It was a lot like life. It was why people played sport, why schools sponsored teams from the beginning. These guys were supposed to, in their youth, learn sportsmanship to a degree, with concepts of fairness. Sports built character. Ask some old-timer in a nursing home how baseball prepared him for the challenges of aging and dealing with failure, with some degree of grace.

    Or it used to. Some players have been accused of wrongdoing not with their day in court, and not with an examination of the quality of the evidence of wrongdoing. Congress will soon have hearing, where one representative is on record asking the commissioner to preserve the 10,000 tests baseball does each year in search of steroids. Yes, 10,000 urine tests a year.

    Some of the guys who had cheated had robbed somebody, not with firearms, but had used the system to obtain contracts for millions of dollars. In a very public way some of the cheaters will be able to carry on, protected by the guidelines of collective bargaining, with their contracts with performance bonuses and escalator clauses that have been in place for most of professional their careers.

    The theme of the Mitchell Report involved the basic human condition, the failure of moral authority, the failure of baseball to have a moral authority to rule over what is right and what is wrong, in a world that more and more was filled with people who ask not to be judged. These were people, by-standers, trying to make a living.

    By-standers trying to make a living? ‘What you see here, what you say here, when you leave here, let it stay here.’

    One month ago, a New York Times columnist thought an executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association should have been remembered and enshrined this year in the Hall of Fame for his influence upon the game, an assertion that seems right since the Players Association had made certain that Dollar Sign on Muscles was not just the name of some old reference book now available in used bookstores. In a society where more and more are isolated, challenged to come together, reflected in participation in bowling leagues, in labor unions, there is the Players Association, stronger each year, eroding to a degree more and more each year the lessons of humility in the game.

    The theme of the Mitchell Report was that, as more and more money was pumped into one sport, sportsmanship was missing. The theme of the Mitchell Report was it was missing with players, with front office people, with owners, and overall with the moral authority in the game. Baseball had come to reflect society. The failure of baseball in the modern age is not the sport.

    Accusedby Fay Vincent of being a ringleader in the collusion that took place in the late 1980s, Bud Selig was asked to guide the game starting in September 1992. Maybe that was why the Players Association refused to talk to Mr. Mitchell, who was hired by the commissioner. One year ago the commissioner was honored by a magazine Sports Business Journal, where it was reported that he too was rewarded with a contract with performance bonuses and escalator clauses of close to $15 million.

    The Mitchell Report does call the question if his era, the Selig Years from 1993 through 2007 with his greatest achievement of consensus-building among owners, was not a repeat of his leadership of collusion, only this time with Bud in bed with the Major League Baseball Players Association, setting records for attendence, looking the other way in denial of a problem. It is an era that should always be remembered. When the Major League Baseball Players Association had now grown bigger than the game, with and without performance enhanced drugs. It is an era that should always be remembered, comparable to those Cold War days when East German athletes were always viewed as less than human, as walking science experiments. These Selig Years present such a nice continuity from the end of the Cold War. Some guys who were bigger than the game will inevitably be enshrined as some kind of heroes. Some people who ask not to be judged, would not be interviewed.

    Sportswriters assigned to cover this sport will now wrestle with their privilege granted to determine which players of this era with no moral authority belong in the Hall of Fame, as if that Hall of Fame was also bigger than the game.

    The lessons of humility are still there everyday. A. Bartlett Giamatti wrote in the epilogue to Take time for Paradise, “Games, contests, sports reiterate the purpose of freedom every time they are enacted –the purpose being to show how to be free and to be complete and connected, unimpeded, integrated, all at once.” And he continued, no matter how cheapened, or commercialized, for the purpose of training, and testing, and rewarding the rousing motion within us, to find a moment or more of freedom. “Through sport, we re-create our daily portion of freedom, in public.”

    The theme of the Mitchel Report is the same theme as in the book of Genesis, of the human condition, lessons of humility. These still are days when most players triy to go about their own business, some better than others, dealing with the sleaze, and a commissioner’s ofice dealing with 10,000 urine tests a year. While baseball figures out what to do next, maybe those 10,000 urine tests can be stored in the Hall of Fame, in a special wing to be built and also used for any new inductees, for guys who played after September 1992

  6. athomeatfenway said

    Mattie,

    Thanks for the wise words. You raise important and eternal truths. I trust that Sports has not been entirely depleted of its Good Guys. I believe, as you may, that money has not corrupted every Player and Owner – but, surely has corrupted many. I believe, as you may, that people that have been raised to have Integrity can earn the bucks and play legit and clean for the love of the game, honoring the life lessons, moved by the remarkable way that Baseball connects us, teaches us. Folks like you who care about the game deeply are the very proof that Baseball will cleanse itself and survive.

  7. Manicheism said

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Manicheism

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