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MLB needs to assure the players that the A-Rod case does not set a new precedent

Jan 13, 2014, 9:17 AM EDT

Everyone is squawking about MLB officials going on “60 Minutes” last night. I don’t think it’s the biggest thing in the world. It’s unseemly for MLB to basically take a victory lap like that, but I doubt they would have if A-Rod and his lawyers hadn’t been pulling those kinds of stunts themselves. Which, of course, followed many MLB leaks and things going back months. No one is covered with glory when it comes to the discretion angle of this nearly year-long affair.

That said, it’s possible to view MLB’s willingness to make a public case like this as an extension of their willingness to break with the automatic penalties of the Joint Drug Agreement that I described on Saturday. Dispensing with the clearly-delineated penalties of the JDA and grabbing a Commissioner’s discretion to suspend for hundreds of games in a first offense. Making P.R. cases in a drug testing program that is supposed to be automatic, zero-tolerance and, above all, confidential. Indeed, the entire character of Major League Baseball’s drug program has been changed as a result of the Biogenesis investigation and suspensions.

And as a result of that, it is incumbent upon Major League Baseball to tell the players and, to the extent they care, the fans, whether it intends to continue on in this fashion or if, alternatively, this was an odd, and unlikely-to-be-repeated case. And yes, this matters.

As I said on Saturday, Bud Selig, with the approval of baseball’s arbitrator, has created a new power to punish from whole cloth. When a player is suspected of drug use but there is no positive test — which, of course, represents a failure of the testing program — Major League Baseball now has the power to use discretion and to apply any penalty it wants, without reference to the 50-100-lifetime ban. It can justify it by claiming a lack of candor (justifying 15 extra games for Ryan Braun) or obstruction, justifying 112 additional games for Alex Rodriguez. The evidence of that lack of candor or obstruction is not for public consumption. It can publicize its investigation and punishment with impunity.

And, most importantly of all, unlike any other power to punish players in existence, Major League Baseball has claimed these powers without the assent of the Players Union.

While it is unlikely that some player is going to draw the ire in the same way Ryan Braun and A-Rod did, it is now possible for baseball to go after someone in the same way if it so chooses. If it hears a rumor of a player’s drug use, it can question the player and decide, on its own, whether that player is being truthful. It can file lawsuits against his friends and associates to coerce them into turning on him. It can buy stolen property and give six-figure sums to shady people as long as they cooperate with them. In the end, it can suspend the player for hundreds of games — maybe 200 or more — and only see the suspension reduced if the player has the means to mount a months-long legal challenge.

Perhaps it is unlikely that Major League Baseball would ever do this again. Perhaps A-Rod and Ryan Braun represent unique cases. But, tell me, when was the last time any governmental, quasi-governmental or administrative body willingly relinquished power for which it made a bold grab?

While the unpopularity of appearing to side with Alex Rodriguez or appearing to be anything less than tough on PEDs mitigates against most players and members of the media from criticizing the manner in which Major League Baseball obtained its discipline against A-Rod, the fact is, Bud Selig’s actions and assumption of new power in the drug game is troubling and potentially damaging. It could lead to abuses by Major League Baseball. More likely, it could lead to mistrust between the players and the league and could inject itself into labor negotiations in the future once people realize exactly what just happened here and why it’s so troublesome.

Major League Baseball could head that off, of course. After the dust from Saturday’s ruling settles, the league could issue a statement explaining — with reference to facts and perhaps the unsealing of the arbitrator’s ruling, not rhetoric like we’ve seen for months — exactly why A-Rod’s suspension was justified. It could assert where the power to issue a 211-game suspension (and then a 162-game suspension) flows from for a first offense.  It could explain why — if it truly believes so anyway — this isn’t a power grab by Commissioner Selig and why this decision does not create precedent beyond the highly-unique circumstances of Alex Rodriguez’s case.

I’m not holding my breath for that. Because, again, those who claim unprecedented power rarely voluntarily relinquish it and even more rarely adequately justify it. And they are especially loathe to do either if no one bothers to complain.

  1. cuns2317 - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Once again we get it. You want all PEDs to be legal it at least for the users to not get punished or have it held against them in things like HOF voting

    • chacochicken - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      Please tell me that reading comprehension is not part of your job.

      • fanofevilempire - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:56 AM


    • rbj1 - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      Once again you fail reading comprehension. Where in this does Craig advocate PED use or legalization? Quote me the sentence.

      “It can buy stolen property and give six-figure sums to shady people as long as they cooperate with them.”

      Buying property you know or have reason to believe is stolen is in itself a crime. Bud Selig & Rob Manfred have arguably committed a crime here and as such should be behind bars. They shouldn’t be in the position of passing judgement on anyone else.

      • jeffbbf - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        I find it interesting that MLB has openly discussed buying these documents. Yet, somehow, no law enforcement agency has brought charges against them. If it is such an open and shut case of an illegal act that has taken place – why no charges? I mean, if I go on TV and tell the world I bought a stolen car from a thief, I’m pretty sure I’m going to hear a knock on my door in the near future from someone with a badge. I think your key word is “arguably”. You keep arguing, and nobody is listening. You don’t think some DA wouldn’t love to get him/herself in the news by bringing up charges against MLB if they had a case?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Yes. That’s exactly what I’m arguing. You got me. I am so ashamed.

      Or, perhaps you can read what I actually wrote.

      • Old Gator - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        Craigster, what do you think are the chances that the MLBPA’s febrile pro forma objections indicate that there was some kind of handshake behind the scenes about exorcising an embarrassment like A-Roid for both of their sakes?

      • chunkala - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        Craig doesn’t avdocate for PEDs in this article but he has in past articles.
        Basically CC is a baseball fan. He wants a lot of HRs hit, he wants these players to be carted out like heroes. Otherwise, his past years following the sport (since 1994 or beyond) can be considered a waste of time.

      • raysfan1 - Jan 13, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        I defy you to find one article in which Craig states steroids are good or should be legalized, other than sarcastically as he did in his comment above or in jest.

  2. sabatimus - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Assure them? What’s to stop MLB from lying?

    • cackalackyank - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      Its called the Anti Trust Exemption. Congress could and probably should revoke it after this. But they won’t. Because billionaires rarely side against other billionaires.

    • DJ MC - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      If the union decides it cannot trust the leadership of MLB, it becomes 1994 all over again. They will start fighting everything the league does. At best it would be a PR nightmare for the sport; at worst, the lighting of the fuse towards another strike. Bud Delight certainly won’t lie, because he won’t want to see his dual legacies of labor peace and drug policy come crashing down due to his own arrogence.

      As Craig said, they may do nothing at all. But they certainly won’t lie to the union.

      • chunkala - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        Please strike again. End this sport once and for all.

        Craig doesn’t avdocate for PEDs in this article but he has in past articles.
        Basically CC is a baseball fan. He wants a lot of HRs hit, he wants these players to be carted out like heroes. Otherwise, his past years following the sport (since 1994 or beyond) can be considered a waste of time.

    • Old Gator - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      The Antitrust Exemption will stop MLB from lying the way the halocline will keep bull sharks from swimming upriver.

  3. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Totally agree here. I would have advised MLB against being on 60 Minutes – did not really add much, and does posion the well a tad.

    I happened to believe players see this for what it is a lot better then Craig realizes – but sure, re-iterating to players “We will only drop the hammer on you if you wage a war that you aren’t even capable of waging in the first place” is in order.

    Lastly – we don’t need MLB to tell us all the facts. Remember? A-Rod’s side already said they are going to

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      But how did ARod wage a war here? MLB offered him 211 game suspension, which he rightly objected too. Sure, after that point the whole thing went sideways, but ARod certainly did not start the part that falls outside the CBA/JDA terms.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        By paying millions to make sure Baseball could not get to the truth. Somehow, I doubt the Yuni Betancourts of the world could do that

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        Baseball had no trouble paying for the “truth” here. Even Yuni could afford to pay Bosch the $150,000 that MLB has admitted to paying Bosch for his services.

        Look, ARod tried to cheat at baseball and deserves some punishment for his actions. Bud skirted all kinds of rules of the the agreements he signed with the player’s unions, possibly violated laws and definitely violated ethics…and some people want to treat him like a hero for doing it. I guess the :everyone hates ARod” narrative makes it all OK, but as Bud has shown here, he has the power to launch a big enough smear campaign to help us hate anyone he chooses.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        Well – I agree baseball doesn’t smell like roses here, but surely you will concede there is a massive difference between paying for the truth vs. paying to hide the truth.

        But in any event, my point here was in response to Craig saying the players should be re-assured that this is was a unique situation. My feeling is that of course it is a unique situation – how many players have the resources to pull this kind of crap were they so inclined? Sure, other players have $150,00 in the bank doesn’t negate the fact that A) that would represent a bigger hit to them, and B) the cost benefit calculation would be far different, and C) $150K is a small drop compared to all the legal fees you need to back up that payment. Not saying others would not have done the same if they could. I am simply saying the obvious – this case was pretty unique

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:21 AM

        MLB has shown that it will disregard the union if MLB’s own PR will benefit. The union needs to oppose such actions vigorously. They didn’t here. Now the next time someone makes MLB mad, they know they can go after the player without any real repercussions. Of course there will be more players that MLB will want to target, so this will be an issue again and the union is weaker for having allowed this to happen as it did.

        Paying a drug dealer to save his own hide does not necessarily equal paying for the truth. Unfortunately, once the payment aspect is in this, the truth becomes a cloudy thing indeed.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        That’s why there is an arbitration process, get an optionion on what the truth was.

        In any event, my only point here is that this was a very unique case. Freddie Galvis failed a drug test and blamed it on a bad steak. A bad steak! He got 50 games, same as he would have gotten had he just shut up. Had he paid people $150K to find the origin of the “bad steak”, he would have been in more trouble.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        (1) Galvis failed a test. ARod’s name is in some stolen ledgers kept by drug dealers.

        (2) Galvis got the prescribed punishment for his offense. ARod was issued a punishment arbitrarily exceeding 4x the prescribed punishment, which was reduced to over 3x the prescribed punishment.

        If MLB stuck to the punishments in the JDA (50 games) this would likely all be over. But now MLB knows it can use any manner of tactics it sees fit to go after a player, and that it can rely on precedent to support the witch-hunt.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        “If MLB stuck to the punishments in the JDA (50 games) this would likely all be over. ”

        MLB did offer to give him 50 games, he turned it down.

        Okay, you believe the case is not unique, and it could happen to any player at any time. That is your right to believe so

  4. umrguy42 - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    The MLBPA needs to be ready to try and close these loopholes as much as possible at the negotiating table. Give a little, take a little – maybe in terms of the replay/home plate collisions thing, or something else suitable.

  5. chacochicken - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Bud Selig can retire now. He’s killed the bad guys, cleaned up the game, and made life safe for all of us by destroying that half-man/half-horse abomination.

    PS He saved the Yankees 27.5 million dollars too!

    • chadjones27 - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      And so, having disposed of the monster, exit our hero through the front door, stage right, none the worse for his harrowing experience.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        “…having disposed of the monster he helped to create…

      • Gamera the Brave - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:13 AM

        2 things:
        a) Any Bugs Bunny reference is a good one; and
        2) I accidentally hit the “report comment” button, because the coffee hasn’t kicked in yet. Sorry about that…

      • chadjones27 - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:32 AM

        Apparently, for you, coffee is a performance enhancing drug.

      • Gamera the Brave - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        More like “performance enabling”, sad to say…

      • Old Gator - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:29 PM

        Switch to acai juice with guarana. Weeeeee-haaaaaaaaaaa!

    • chill1184 - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Showalter seemed to be on the money

  6. hbegley6672 - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Affirmed by arbitrator. Not all cases are. Nothing has changed. They went after 1 guy this way…. Because only 1 guy behaved that way

    • paperlions - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      But we don’t know that, do we? We have no idea what ARod did that other guys didn’t except be a much better player.

      The extra games for a lack of candor is laughable. Not a single guy on that list didn’t lie when asked about PED use, and many of them lied publicly. Good luck finding anywhere in the CBA or JDA that states that players must always tell the truth when questioned about PEDs by MLB.

      Under those guidelines, MLB could simply ask every player if they ever used PEDs on a regular basis, and then when a guy fails a test, suspend him for extra games for a “lack of candor”….and the hypocrisy of the owners on MLB teams accusing anyone else of a “lack of candor” is 12 kinds of hilarious. They lie to the public about their own profits and about the effects of stadiums on local economies every day.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:15 AM

        How was what Mikey Cabrera did NOT obstruction when he lied about his behavior and even went so far as to setup a website to falsify his purchase of drugs? What did Alex do that was so much worse? Oh that’s right, no one will tell us.

      • paperlions - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM


        That is the giant red flag that indicates decisions for additional penalties were at the commissioner’s whim, and not based on negotiated agreements.

    • chadjones27 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      But a precedent has been set. The MLBPA should worry that the commisioner’s office now seems to have the power to dole out punishment it seems to want to. Granted, there are extenuating circumstances here that we will probably never see again, but if a similar case arises, the Commish appears to have the power to say, “poppycock to your agreed upon maximum suspension. I do declare that you sir are a stain upon this great game, and thusly I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger and banish you from baseball for 97 games”

      (and I think my ADHD just kicked in, I went from “elderly southerner” to “Samuel L Jackson” in about 3 seconds.)

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        Also, because a precedent has been set, if the next player is suspended for a similar violation and NOT given the same penalty as Alex, it would seem to me that MLB will have opened themselves up to litigation from Alex.

    • dan1111 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      Saying A-Rod’s behavior is exceptional is not much of a defense, because

      1) we know very little about what he actually did; and

      2) Who gets to define what is “exceptional”? It is up to MLB to arbitrarily decide the next person they want to single out. The point of having defined rules for punishment is avoiding this arbitrariness.

    • rbj1 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      And the last arbitrator who didn’t rule Bud Selig’s way got fired. For simply observing that the previously agreed to process wasn’t followed. The message from Bud has been sent: affirm my ruling or else.

      • dan1111 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:23 AM

        Yeah, but it’s worth noting that the MLBPA also has the power to fire arbitrators they don’t like.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        Isn’t it a conflict of interest to have arbitrators employed in the first place? Shouldn’t they use an independent arbitrator, through AAA or JAMS or something like that? Seems like a dicey proposition to have a judge whose job hinges on his decisions.

  7. paperlions - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    If there is a strike or a lockout after this CBA expires, it will probably be this event we can point back to….I hope it doesn’t happen, obviously. But MLB’s behavior in this whole Biogenesis thing has been reprehensible, from bribing people they filed law suits against to knowingly buying stolen property. I do think the players want tough punishments for people that use PEDs, but I also think they want assurances that the penalties agreed to will be the penalties doled out.

    • dan1111 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      While MLB has obviously been driving this, the MLBPA has been following along. They affirmed the commissioner’s right to set an arbitrary penalty in this case and declined to join A-Rod’s challenge. Also, the arbitrator serves at their pleasure, so if they don’t like this decision they can fire him and replace him with someone who won’t rule in this way in the future.

      I see little evidence of a big fight brewing. Probably because it would be PR suicide for them to be seen as taking a big stand against steroid punishment.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        I agreed with you Dan1111, up until last night. I really believe the biggest mistake MLB has made so far was that victory lap on 60 minutes.

      • paperlions - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:23 AM

        Taking a stand for fairness of worker treatment should never be conflated with defending PEDs, unless you really think the public is that simple (admittedly, they probably are). “You are guilty so we can do whatever we want” is nothing anyone should be comfortable with in their workplace.

      • dan1111 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        @paperlions, I totally agree. But unfortunately the reporting on the A-Rod case, in which those questioning the process are a distinct minority, suggests that is not how the debate would go.

        @scouts, MLB does seem to have gotten them mad now. However, are they really willing to escalate this to a labor dispute? I don’t think either side actually cares about this issue more than keeping the money flowing, so a strike/lockout would be in nobody’s interest.

      • cackalackyank - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        Keep in mind not only was there bribery and theft, but there was a determination of guilt made outside the prescribed means. MLB has basically violated the agreement and gotten away with it. If the Commish takes a dislike to a player, how he “carries” himself etc. etc. that player can now be removed for any number of games the Commish desires. One thing I have not heard details on, but here’s a scenario: let’s say A-rod comes back, it’s July 2015, he goes to a poker game, someone says there was more than cigars smoked at the game, can he be banned as his next step now? Isn’t he still at the 1st positive test notification? Keep in mind he STILL hasn’t failed a test. What does this really mean regarding punishments for a variety of infractions going forward? And as far as players that should be concerned about this in the future beside A-rod? Yasiel Puig, I’m looking at you.

      • bigharold - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        “.. it would be PR suicide for them to be seen as taking a big stand against steroid punishment.”

        The issue isn’t taking a stand against PED punishment because the punishment was clear and the union has never said before that anything handed down was excessive. First time offenders get 50 games, .. that’s it. Selig arbitrarily decided that he was going to make an example out of A-Rod despite his protestations on 60 Minutes last night. Well, the problem is the CBA and JDA didn’t provide for the type of sanction that Bud deemed necessary so he essentially made it up. In the long run that will likely be counter productive come the next negotiation. Now every player knows that MLB will go to ANY length to crush them if they step out if line, .. so this was “an attention getter”. No other player has the kind of resources A-Rod had at his disposal so no other player will challenge them, .. EVER. It has a certain reserve clause vibe to it. They set the course for a contentious CBA and a likely work stoppage.

        Oh, and by the way, had MLB given A-Rod his 50 game suspension last Summer, his reputation would be just as sullied as it is now, .. it would have been FAR LESS disruptive for all of MLB in general the last six months and MLB would have kept the union’s trust and it would have been far less likely of a future work stoppage, .. not to mention they wouldn’t look like a gang of political hacks reminiscent of the old USSR’s Politburo. And, justice would have been done.

  8. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    While many are celebrating the Alex decision as a victory, I worry that those people will come to regret their glee when the next player is suspended for a similar violation and that player is maybe more popular. Or even worse, when the CBA is next due for renewal and this is a major issue of contention. Those that collect vast quantities of power are usually unwilling to give it up without a major fight, and in the end, it’s us that will suffer the consequences. In the end, will a 1 year suspension of Alex Rodriguez really be worth it?

  9. jbriggs81 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    This site’s coverage of the Arod situation has been pretty laughable from the beginning. I suppose Craig is just trying to be the contrarian and always takes Arod’s side in every battle so he can make headlines, but at this point I don’t know how anybody can say that Arod didn’t get what was coming to him. Hopefully now he can just go away

    • raysfan1 - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      Stating that MLB has overstepped its authority at times, and behaved in an unseemly fashion, and potentially violated the law is not the same thing as condoning anything Rodriguez did.

  10. cuns2317 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    I did read the story and I can agree with the concern of unchecked power of the commissioner. I have no problem with extraordinary measures being used to weed out cheaters and bullies who threaten peoples lives when they get caught. And honestly how many stories have been posted arguing for PED users in the last couple months. I don’t even have to look at the byline to now who wrote it.

    • clemente2 - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      You will think this way until the moment someone with unchecked power decides you or yours are the bad guys and need to be dealt with by “extraordinary measures”.

      Sorry to wake you up, but life is unfair. Justice in this world is procedural justice. When you abandon procedural justice you leave decisions to those with power with no limit on how they exercise it. And the history of such people is not good—they go after who they do not like, not who deserves it.

  11. bigharold - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    What MLB did with Anthony Bosch was pretty much exactly what George Steinbrenner did with Howie Sipra, .. paid a lying dirt bag to get the goods on a player, .. except George Steinbrenner got thrown out of baseball for a couple of years for it.

    This IS going to cause problems with the next CBA. The Union lost it’s first battle with the owners and they will not forget it.

    • Old Gator - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      I don’t think they “lost” the battle as much as they staged a strategic retreat a bridge too far In their attempt to distance themselves from the slimebag in their midst while still appearing in the most tenuous way to uphold their responsibilities to their membership, they ceded territory to MLB, which was only too happy to occupy it. As I wrote before, this all occurred while their leadership was hobbled by Wiener’s illness and death. That’s exactly when their number two and three guys should have been carrying the black box with them everywhere they went. They shied away from a skirmish now only to set up a potential brass knuckles bar brawl down the road. I think they botched this play bigtime.

      (New! Manhattan Style Mixed Metaphors! Just break the ice and serve!)

      • bigharold - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        “.. they staged a strategic retreat ..”

        Perhaps but going back to the beginning of the Union’s effort to cooperate with MLB to ride the game of PEDs the Union has been doing a lot of strategic retreating. Starting with the 2003 “survey that was supposed to be a blind study with all the results and samples destroyed after the finds. But, somehow they weren’t then somehow the Feds got them and the results eventually leaked to the press. Then there is the Mitchell Report that pretty much goes after players but ignores MLB’s culpability. Now with this over zealous sanction that will certainly send a chilling message through the ranks of MLP players it’s only logical to assume the next time around the Union isn’t going to budge.

        I think the retreating, strategic or otherwise, is over for a while.

    • peymax1693 - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      Exactly. The actions of MLB during this whole tawdry affair were so unsavory that they managed to make ARod somewhat sympathetic. However, it remains to be seen whether the Union will do anything about it.

      More significantly, it seems like the majority of baseball writers and the public feel the ends (ARod being suspended, possibly ending his career) justified the means (arbitrarily ignoring the penalty provisions of the CBA and JDA, paying for stolen documents to use as evidence, giving favors to Bosch, etc). Unless there is more of a public outcry over MLB’s handling of this case, nothing will change.

  12. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    “While it is unlikely that some player is going to draw the ire in the same way Ryan Braun and A-Rod did…”

    Why on Earth would you think that? The fact that it has happened twice in the last three years should be enough evidence that the Commissioner’s Office will use this authority to remedy any PR blemishes it feels need remedying.

  13. jimmyt - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Why do you take such offence at the suggestion that you are a honk for PED use? Your commentary over the years makes it more than obvious that at the very least you support your favorite players that have been busted and are one of the many “sports journalists’” and fans that want everyone to stop talking about the problem so you can go back to being starry-eyed little boy’s looking up to your phony heroes (never mind that they are ruining their chance for a normal life after sports). Embrace your position – you support PED use in sports.

    • Old Gator - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      Like the other peabrained soundbyters who come on here to make the same dumb accusations, I don’t see any direct quotes or lucid arguments for why you call Craig a “honk for PED use.” All he’s ever insisted on is due process. Does your inability to read and parse English sentences make you a “honk for lynching”?

  14. linhsiu - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Well since MLB has already had the “best interest of baseball” clause since the beginning of the commissioners office, and how sparingly the office uses that power…I think this “quasi-government” has a decent track record regarding their use of “powers”…

  15. Jeff - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Reblogged this on Baseballs Bats.

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