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.