Thursday, March 09, 2006

More Thoughts on Barry Bonds

I re-read my post from yesterday and I was a little surprised at how rational and logical I was. The reason for this is that the revelations about Barry Bonds heavy steroid use has really made me mad. In fact, I'm downright pissed. What Bonds has done to baseball for his own glorification is nothing short of evil.

MLB can not possibly allow Bonds' records to stand nor can they allow Bonds to continue playing the game now that the cat is out of the bag. Allowing Bonds to step on the field even one more time will cheapen and disrespect everything accomplished by Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, and every other player that Bonds' steroid-enhanced stats have threatened or left in the dust. Bud Selig must take action immediately to limit the damage that continues to be done to the game.

Former Commissioner of Baseball Fay Vincent has called on Selig to launch an investigation. "I think he should hire somebody like John Dowd or set up a committee," Vincent said. "He need to do that, maybe headed by Mario Cuomo or George Mitchell, somebody of that ilk."

Pete Rose investigator John Dowd also called for an investigation. "If you do nothing, you leave a cloud on the game, "Dowd said. "What needs to be done is a fair, honest, thorough investigation of the facts. Then you go from there."

It remains to be seen if either Vincent's or Dowd's suggestions will hold sway with Selig. So far, Selig has only committed to review the book. Short of that, he hasn't had any comment.

Baseball has the opportunity to take a tough stand right now against steroid use. If they fail to take such a stand, many fans will lose faith in the game they love.

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