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Michael Weiner is absolutely adorable

Feb 8, 2013, 9:16 AM EDT

Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner speaks at news conference to announce new collective bargaining agreement in New York

It’s simply adorable that a man who has been around this business so long and who dealt with the media as deftly as Michael Weiner has still expects that same media to not jump to immediate conclusions the second PED news comes out:

Baseball union head Michael Weiner said it would be unfair to make judgments about players and agents before evidence is sorted out in the sport’s latest drug investigation … “This investigation that MLB is running has yet to produce any evidence that any player has violated the program, much less than any agent has violated the program,” Weiner said Thursday. “It’s unfair that both players that have had distinguished careers and that agents who have had distinguished careers such as ACES have had their names raised in this context.”

What’s next, Michael? A player gets cleared and you expect the media to report that with even a fraction of the volume with which they reported the guy’s name appearing in the records in the first place?  To actually treat him like he’s cleared if and when he is?

Such naiveté with respect to how the baseball press rolls is so sweet that it’s almost heartbreaking.

  1. orelmiraculous - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Craig, enough already.  Time to get off the fainting couch about other writers being on the fainting couch about PEDs.  Its beyond tired at this point.

  2. deadeyedesign23 - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    It seems you jump just as quickly just to a different conclusion.

  3. chacochicken - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    A voice in the wilderness asking for sanity in an insane world. Almost a whole week of this and we are already exhausted? Imagine if Ryan Braun’s test results remained confidential, like they were supposed to, this would be the first we’d even hear about him. Given the blind outrage of this, I’ve got to ask the question, What did Obama know and when did he know it?

    • Old Gator - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      I’m not exhausted by this topic. I’m bored by it. I modestly assume that many others share this crushing sensation of ennui and know that there is a difference.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        N is for Neville who died of ennui…

  4. southpaw2k - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Am I the only one who’s juvenile enough to find it humorous that a Weiner was found to be “adorable”? What’s next, saying Wang is really cute?

  5. thon - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    BALCO, Bonds, Palmeiro’s finger, Clemens’ butt, Pettitte’s crying, ARod’s lying, Braun’s (non) denying… And you are surprised that we’re treating Bosch as a real live story? Come on. Reporters can’t reasonably report on it until–when?–the players admit it? Is that how it works? Honestly, Craig, you need to step back–way back–and realize that it’s ok to apply reason. It’s not a crime to use history and context to inform our understanding of this. It’s not farfetched to think that this story has legs and it’s not unreasonable to report on the facts–that these names were linked to a known PED peddler. More will come out, more will be known–and, really, no one is really suggesting otherwise (another of your infamous straw men). But right now you’re a thousand miles off the reservation on this one. You sound foolish and tone deaf.

    • cur68 - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      You’re either one of the reporters in question or one of those people who thrive on Jerry Springer etc. You use the term “straw man” while constructing some quite good ones yourself.

      I read this site everyday. I’m pretty bored with the Biogenesis story, since its been in heavy rotation here, but I’ve read them all. At no point is Craig doing anything BUT asking reporters to apply reason and use the facts. The ones he mocks (and really, you guys friggin deserve it: you act like this is your first rodeo and its all SO EXCITING!) are the ones suggesting insurance fraud, drawing wild conclusions, ignoring fact for narrative, and generally behaving like you write for Geraldo Rivera.

      I challenge you: go back and find where Calcaterra says reporters SHOULDN’T report this or SHOULD NOT come to some conclusion based on the available facts. Link it. Then I’ll join you in asking him what the hell he thinks he’s doing.

      You’re clearly a “reporter”. Lets see you back up your words with fact.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        Somebody needs to spend sometime under a sunlamp…

  6. Detroit Michael - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    I don’t read where Weiner is being naive. He’s claiming it’s unfair, not that he’s surprised by the media reaction.

  7. themohel - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    That’s right, Craig, the real victims of all this are those poor PED users! Did you ever hear the story of the little boy who cried wolf? Should you have any desire to retain credibility, maybe you should pick you spots….

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