Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig promises that current players who have been named in the Mitchell Report will face discipline, but he didn't say what kind, or how severe it would be. Players, especially those who have a chance at making it into the Hall of Fame, are bound to challenge any disciplinary action in court.
What will members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America do when it comes time to elect players to the Baseball Hall of Fame? While some sports journalists were on top of the steroid abuse early - the San Francisco Chronicle, Sports Illustrated and NBC's Bob Costas were among them - too many others enjoyed the story of superheroes with impossible bodies hitting the home run ball and setting new records. If some of those writers looked the other way, are they fit to judge the qualifications of players about whose alleged steroid abuse they might have known but declined to report? And might they face a lawsuit or allegations of a conflict of interest should a certain player not be voted into the Hall?
The Mitchell Report is not the end of it. As for the fans, they'll pack the stadiums again next spring, awaiting the long ball and not seeming to care much whether such strength comes naturally or unnaturally. What lesson should the sons and daughters they take with them learn from the steroid scandal? Maybe it's that these days, you have to have an edge.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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