Steroids in DC
Well, it was inevitable. Senator John McCain and his posse have taken charge
up there in DC and grilled Donald Fehr about steroids in baseball.
Fehr said that he couldn't commit to any changes in the 2002 collective bargaining agreement, which called for anonymous tests last year for the first time. Five to 7 percent of those tests came back positive for steroids, which triggered tests for all players this year.
McCain and other senators on the panel called the policy inadequate, noting that a player doesn't face a one-year suspension until the fifth offense. The NFL, by contrast, has a year-round random testing program for players and imposes immediate suspensions on those who test positive for banned substances.
"I believe that the program that we instituted has had some effect," Fehr said.
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said he didn't disagree with McCain about the need for stronger testing. He called the current program a compromise, adding that the union's resistance prevented a tougher plan.
"I realize that we have work to do," Selig said. "We need more frequent and year-round testing of players. We need immediate penalties for those caught using illegal substances."
So, now that all that is out of the way - don't our elected politicians have anything BETTER to do than to investigate steroids in baseball? I understand that this is something that needs to be resolved, and the quicker the better, but Senator John McCain? Senator Ted Kennedy? The Senates big guns are out and they're tackling....steroids? How about that thing in Iraq - oh yeah, the war. How about feeding the hungry, educating the uneducated, sheltering the homeless? Nah, let's all grill some baseball brass and make the afternoon headlines. Oooo, maybe we'll even make a big spot on NPR in the afternoon, too! (They did.)
Out of all the things in this country (and world) that need fixing, steroids in baseball is NOT one of them. Let me see if I can find something else that our illustrious politicians are working on....oh, here's one
. Thank god! At last! The fast food "restaurants" will finally be safe from consumer lawsuits! Hallelujah! It's time to rejoice in the streets!
OK, that's enough about politics, but I really couldn't help myself. Next post will be all about baseball sans politics and steroids. I promise.
posted by shawn
: 3/10/2004 07:27:00 PM -