Thursday, December 13, 2007

Here's the part about the steroids thing that steams me the most.

There's plenty of blame to go around, of course. But Donald Fehr is the guy who frosts me most.

The whole damn reason that unions exist is to protect the well-being of their membership. The list of names in the Mitchell report--most notably the mix of All-stars and scrubs--means that everyone in the majors and the minors was and is faced with a simple decision between their personal health and the health of their careers. That choice is wrong for coal miners, and it's wrong for ballplayers.

Any union leader worth his salt would see that, if any player is using steroids to gain a competitive advantage, it is bad for the health of the entire union's membership. Donald Fehr knew about the problem, but he sold out his players' health for money.

There's a lot bad about steroids in baseball, but this is the worst part. The union head didn't give a shit about the health of his rank and file. When more of these players start dying prematurely like Ken Caminiti and Lyle Alzado did, Fehr shoulders a good portion of that responsibility. Of course, the individual steroid users are the truly responsible parties, but if his priorities were straight, Fehr could have saved his players from themselves. It's unconscionable that he didn't.

I only hope Gene Upshaw learns the lesson Fehr didn't--and soon.

1 comment:

pankleb said...

In football, everyone gets bigger because they eat more. No one ever seems to blame it on drugs. Isn't it obvious? Check this out:

"From 1920 to 1984, there were never more than eight players in any season who weighed 300 pounds or more. This year, there were 570 players who weighed 300 or more listed on 2006 NFL training camp rosters, nearly 20 percent of all players." (Palm Beach Post, 10/29/06)

People are doing everything to get bigger and bigger, and the powers that be -- the MLB/NFL players' associations, and MLB/NFL main offices and management -- encourage a system where players who have already been suspended for violating the drug policies receive absurd amounts of money.