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    MLB to Announce Steroid Investigation

    By Dave Sheinin
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, March 30, 2006; E01



    Major League Baseball plans today to announce the start of a formal investigation into allegations of steroid use by San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds and other former and current players, according to a source with knowledge of those plans.

    The investigation is expected to be headed by former Senate majority leader George Mitchell, 72, a longtime friend and associate of Commissioner Bud Selig. Mitchell, a Maine Democrat, served on baseball's blue ribbon panel that studied the sport's economic structure in 2000.

    The launching of the investigation, which has been widely anticipated, comes a week after publication of "Game of Shadows," a book by two investigative reporters from the San Francisco Chronicle that details Bonds's alleged steroid use between 1998 and 2002. Another book, "Love Me, Hate Me: Barry Bonds and the Making of an Anti-Hero," is scheduled for publication in May and also alleges steroid use by Bonds.

    Selig did not return telephone messages yesterday, and messages left for Mitchell at his Washington office also were not returned.

    Bonds, 41, will begin his 21st season in the majors next week with 708 career home runs, which ranks third behind Babe Ruth (714) and Henry Aaron (755). Bonds, who is nursing a sore left elbow, left the team earlier this week in Scottsdale, Ariz., to return to San Francisco. He has said he hopes to play in the Giants' exhibition game tonight in San Francisco and be in the lineup for Monday's season opener.

    Bonds has denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs.

    Selig has wrestled throughout the spring over how to approach the matter of Bonds, who has never tested positive in MLB's testing program, which began in 2003. As recently as two weeks ago, during the World Baseball Classic, Selig acknowledged feeling conflicted over how best to proceed, but vowed to do "what is clearly necessary in the best interests of the sport."

    "I think it's a good idea" to investigate, former commissioner Fay Vincent said. "I think [baseball officials] have an enormous problem."

    In part because of widespread criticism over the singling out of Bonds, baseball's investigation is expected to include other current and former players linked to the use of performance-enhancing drugs, according to the source with knowledge of the plans, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plans had not officially been made public.

    Those players could include New York Yankees stars Jason Giambi and Gary Sheffield, both of whom have been linked to an alleged steroid ring at the center of a grand jury investigation in the San Francisco area.

    Still, the investigation is expected to focus primarily on Bonds, whose mere presence on the field this season represents a quandary for the sport as he takes aim at Aaron's hallowed record. According to a report by Bloomberg News, one of MLB's biggest sponsors, Bank of America Corp., has said it will not participate in any celebration of Bonds's landmark home runs.

    One major question is how baseball might proceed should the investigation find enough evidence of steroid use to consider taking punitive action. Because Bonds has never violated baseball's drug-testing policy, it could be difficult for Selig to punish Bonds, and any attempt to do so could be met with stiff resistance from the players' union.

    Earlier this week, union chief Donald Fehr met privately with Bonds for about 20 minutes at the Giants' spring training camp. Asked by reporters about the possibility of disciplinary action against Bonds as a result of an investigation, Fehr said: "You're way down the road when you say that. The most that's being talked about is whether there ought to be an inquiry. I hope nobody is making judgments about the results of the inquiry before it is done."

    Another question that Selig may have to deal with is Mitchell's involvement in the management of the Boston Red Sox, whose Web site lists him as director, under the heading of "Officers." Mitchell is also the chairman of the board of the Walt Disney Co.

    "I think Mitchell will be good," Vincent said. "He's been around baseball. He's a strong person, and people can have confidence in him that he'll do a good job."

    2006 The Washington Post Company

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    Its gonna be interesting to see how they go about punshing people without postive tests and also what action they take against former players.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yankees3
    Its gonna be interesting to see how they go about punshing people without postive tests and also what action they take against former players.
    What's going to suck is that this is going to keep stories about the evils of steroids in the media for months and months. The weekly magazines (Time, Newsweek, etc.) will do their obligatory cover stories, the major newsmagazines (60 Minutes, Frontline, etc.) will do it.....and then just when you think they're wrung every last drop out of the story, the cycle of "how to protect the children" stories will make the rounds of the morning talkshows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yeahright
    What's going to suck is that this is going to keep stories about the evils of steroids in the media for months and months. The weekly magazines (Time, Newsweek, etc.) will do their obligatory cover stories, the major newsmagazines (60 Minutes, Frontline, etc.) will do it.....and then just when you think they're wrung every last drop out of the story, the cycle of "how to protect the children" stories will make the rounds of the morning talkshows.
    That's true.

    However, on the subject of steroids in sports, I personally think that they should be allowed. But they are not. And because they are currently against the rules, using them is cheating, the same way that using a corked bat or a spitball is cheating. ANY violation of a sport's rules to gain a competitive advantage, regardless of whether the rule is right or wrong, is cheating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrkarp
    That's true.

    However, on the subject of steroids in sports, I personally think that they should be allowed. But they are not. And because they are currently against the rules, using them is cheating, the same way that using a corked bat or a spitball is cheating. ANY violation of a sport's rules to gain a competitive advantage, regardless of whether the rule is right or wrong, is cheating.
    Agreed. However, in this case none of the accused has failed a drug test. There is no evidence that they cheated.

    Instead, politics are dictating the creation of a special investigatory panel to pursue people who have always turned up clean in their pre-season, during season and post-season tests.
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