With September baseball upon us and pennant races flaring up to fever pitches (as well as tempers), the steroid issue outside of Roger Clemens is relatively a quiet one. The Steroid Era is seemingly exiting stage left and I’m witnessing what looks like the beginning of a return to baseball the way it was meant to be played, with speed, grace and athleticism; a game without steroids.
This said, I’m not naïve enough to see past the fact that with the stakes as high as they are and seasons being as long & mentally/physically grueling as they are, players are still willing to do WHATEVER it takes, including risking a 50-game, 100-game, or a lifetime suspension from the game by getting caught using steroids. I am also not naïve enough not to realize that the steroid business is always a step ahead of the steroid detection business. Having had to fight for every success I’ve had in the game and having done it legitimately, I utterly detest the use of performance enhancing drugs designed to provide unfair advantages. It’s bad for the person using (health wise) and it's horrible for the game (both aesthetically & historically).
Now is the time for Bud to nip this steroid era in the bud once and for all. And if I were commissioner of Major League Baseball I would do so by hiring Victor Conte. Yes, Victor Conte.
Who better to protect the game from steroids than a man brilliant enough to circumvent the current system? Who better to collaborate with the players union in terms of offering legal ways to promote the physical health of players who put their bodies through the meat grinder of a 162-game season (not to mention preseason, fall ball and winter ball in most cases)? Taking care of the major league body requires more than steak, potatoes, and vegetables day in and day out.
Having met and gotten to know Victor recently I have come to find out that he is a fascinating and brilliant man, not to mention he was a member of Tower of Power in the 70’s. He is a man of high character and I hold him in high regard, but more to the point: if you can’t beat him (and MLB can’t beat Victor) join him. Or in the case of MLB, hire him!
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Sometimes doing the right thing isn’t the easy thing to do. I applaud Major League Baseball for what they have done thus far to clean the game up (especially in the minor leagues where the system has gotten even tougher), but now’s the time to take it a step further and close the door on the matter.
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