Friday, January 14, 2005

About Baseball's New Steroid Policy

While many fans and sports journalists have expressed disdain for the new Major League Baseball policy on steroid use, there are some who view it as a positive step in the right direction. Columnist John Gambadoro is one of them.

Gambadoro does something even rarer and perhaps, courageous, than defend baseball commisioner Bud Selig's new steroid policy. He even says a few good words about Selig's overall stewardship of the game, even while acknowledging the commish's mistakes:
...not everything Selig has done has been bad. The addition of the wild card may be his biggest and best contribution to the sport. And inter-league play, while losing some of its luster, continued to be a success. Not allowing con artist Pete Rose back in baseball shows he really does care more about the sport than his own image, and I applaud him for doing what is right with the all-time hit king and that's keeping him out of the Hall of Fame. But what Selig was able to accomplish on Thursday - albeit with the help of a suddenly caring Players Association - is as important as anything he has done as commissioner. He has helped to bring back the integrity of the game by fighting hard to get Major League Baseball a stricter steroid testing policy.
Interesting slant on things.

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