B. Jerry Springer
D. George Washington
Since no action can realistically be taken against any players named in this report, Major League Baseball could simply be putting on a show for us. They do a big probe into their own problem, give the impression that they are accepting responsibility for self-policing, and therefore the public believes that baseball is cleaning up their act.
The players association has been the major obstacle in doping reform and legitimate drug testing in the league. They’ve opposed tests, advised their players not to take tests without a huge time window before testing, and they’ve advised their players not to talk to anyone (not Mitchell, not the league, etc…) about anything. In short, they are acting in the players’ best interests. It’s possible that Major League Baseball is going to use this report to gain leverage on the Players Association.
Essentially, Major League Baseball wants to avoid anything like the Congressional hearings we saw a couple of years ago, which resulted in a very bad public relations crisis for baseball and also in baseball losing a lot of face in the court of public opinion. In truth, if it looks like baseball is cleaning up the “Steroid Era” then records set past this point will not have the cloud of an asterisk hanging over them.