A big moment in baseball

MLB.com’s Mitchell Report landing page

Amidst ongoing news of Miguel Tejada’s trade to Houston, Aaron Rowand’s signing with the Giants and the formal announcement of Alex Rodriguez’s 10-year contract extension with the Yankees, the day that so many people have awaited with much anticipation — for better or worse, depending on how you look at it — is finally here.

Former Sen. George Mitchell has called a 2 p.m. ET news conference for today at the Grand Hyatt hotel in New York to release the results of his committee’s 20-month investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball.

Commissioner Bud Selig will react to the report during a 4:30 p.m. news conference at the nearby Waldorf Astoria Hotel, and Players Association executive director Donald Fehr has scheduled a news conference for 6 p.m. MLB.com will carry all three events live, and the report itself will be posted at MLB.com shortly after it is released — for all the world to see.

The MLB Players Association has just announced that Donald Fehr, executive director of the MLBPA, will hold a news conference at The Madison One at approximately 6 p.m. That news conference will be streamed live on MLBPLAYERS.com.

"The hope, I think, for most people is that there will be some closure sometime soon and we move on," Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said on the eve of the announcement. "I would imagine there will be a lot of shock, a lot of surprise, but I think as a sport, as an industry we’re hopefully going to be held accountable for what’s happened, from players to coaches to front office to ownership."

How will everyone react? That is one of the reasons MLB.com created this MLBlog. It will attempt to capture snapshots throughout the day and night of reaction, in the blogosphere and mainstream media (a gradually blurring delineation indeed). You’ll find the link to the Mitchell Report here as well, as soon as we post it. Please feel free to use this blog as a place to post your own comments, and feel free to include links to URLs of your own blogs if you are commenting on the subject matter. We’ll update as often as possible and invite you to join the discussion…starting now.

10 Comments

Closure? That’s what MLB wants, of course. Unfortunately this report is going to raise as many questions as it answers.

Michael Norton – Some Clubhouse

http://mlblog.someclubhouse.com

ESPN is already reporting about Clemens and Pettitte, and WNBC in New York has already released a list of supposed players.

I’m more interested to see Bud Selig’s reaction then the actual list of names. All that will happen with naming people is more questions and specualtion.

http://www.fightingphils.mlblogs.com

Memoes as far back as 1993 have shown Selig knew MLB had a steroid problem. He ignored it, caring only about fans tuning in to see home runs, instead of presiding over the integrity of the game. There will be no closure on the Steroid Era until Bud Selig resigns or is removed.

-Dan

http://fansonthefield.mlblogs.com

I believe they should have had a person who had no ties to Baseball. There had better be Boston Red Sox named. Kind of odd if there are none and the person behind the report is on the Boston Red Sox Board of directors. There are steroid users on every team so you should name someone from every team. This report shows no proof that anyone named has taken them. Having witnesses being disgruntled ex clubhouse trainers really shows they had a gun to their heads and I am sure they blurted out anything to make help out this ridiculous effort to make MLB look better than it is in the battle against steroids. We all know there is a problem..just fix it don’t start throwing people under the bus to make yourself(Selig) look like he is doing something positive. Work to better baseball…don’t work to hurt it or cover your own ***. If there are no POSITIVE DRUG TESTS..THEN THEY ARE NOT GUILTY. This is a witch hunt plain and simple.

well I have to admit it is pretty complete for the facts he was able to get. I take back my critical view before…it is time to go forward not back.

Buying, selling, taking, distributing, etc, ILLEGAL DRUGS is ILLEGAL, AGAINST THE LAW! What these guys did is no different than Heroin, Crack, Cocaine, etc, and they should be treated the same as those dealers, users. This is not a 2 way street because you are an athlete, First off your a bunch of idiots for doing this knowing it is ILLEGAL, secondly you should all be punished to the fullest extent of the law! Thank god I won’t be your judge, you would do the time befitting the crime!!!! MLB from top to bottom is no better than anyone else, they need to come down off thier white horses and realize they are ruining a great game that is on a rapid downward spiral. I can actually see this working great for the fans. We all want parity, stop going to the games until they get this issue and the overpaying of mediocre talent under control! These people think they walk on water, it’s time we give them something to think about!

It’s good to see the-powers-that-be, the media and (some of) the fans pulling their heads out of the sand on this one (especially the media –some of you more and others –you know who are). It’s about integrity and playing on an even playing field (semi-pun unintended). It’s impossible to have and even playing field with something only a few player have access to. This steroid abuse was (hopefully I can say was with great confidence) as obstructing to the integrity of the game and compromising to playing on an even playing field as when certain ethnicities/ races of people were excluded from MLB. The only difference between the two is the federal intervention in this issue.

Put it this way, we all tried and convicted this guys in the public by hear say evidence, know we are going to feel stupid in ten years when it isn’t true. It is like a man being convicted of crime by supposely eye witness testimony and the jury finds him guilty, then ten years down the line DNA aquits him. What is in front of you is not always the truth. These men all they had to do was name names with the threat of jail, but knowing that Congressmen Mitchell couldn’t really colleberate what they said on some of these players they could give any name they wanted. Know these players have to fight for their reputations.

An active MLB Player gets injured in some way on a regular basis. Why cant he trust his trainer to provide a remedy now and then. Jeez I think most professional atheletes have needed injections at some time…..
And young atheletes can find all kinds of body nutritional supplements in the Grocery Store. Its there to beef up a skinny runt and make him more competitive.

So whats the difference?

sincerely

CRITTER DUNDEE

I am a parent of a 10 year old child that is being treated for a life altering disorder that requires Growth Hormone Treatment. We need to be sure that this medication does not become a Schedule III Controlled Substance because it would effect his treatment. This is a very important issue and needs to be controlled under these surcomstances –

Protect our kids by stopping growth hormone from becoming a controlled substance. Police the athletes, not our children. It is not fair to stigmatize our children for using a medication they need.

Stop those abusing growth hormone, don’t stop our children from receiving important and often life saving medicine for their medical conditions

A scheduled III controlled substance will alter the use, distribution and ultimately the long term access of my child’s medicine

Punish the abusers, not our children

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