Pearlman on McGwire

Jeff Pearlman brings the Mark McGwire sanctimony: Worst of all, however, McGwire was a baseball thief. At the very moment his 341-foot home run landed behind the outfield fence, he robbed Roger Maris of the most important record in professional sports. He robbed the Maris family of future income from 61-related merchandising and events. He […]

Proposal: Regulate PEDs like mortgage-backed securities.  Or something.

The legally-minded among you may find this interesting. It’s a law review article about the best way to go after PEDs in sports. From the abstract: This Essay argues that performance-enhancing substance policy should be modeled after federal and state securities regulation. Instead of punishing use, regulators should require disclosure of all substances used, and […]

A-Rod won’t be disciplined

I missed this over the weekend: The commissioner’s office has decided not to discipline Alex Rodriguez in light of its investigation into whether he lied about his use of performance-enhancing drugs in a meeting with baseball officials in March, according to people in baseball with knowledge of the matter. In light of the fact that […]

Not only was the leaking wrong . . .

. . . but so too was the seizing of the list in the first place: A federal appeals court has ruled that investigators were wrong to seize a list of 104 Major League Baseball players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs during the 2003 season. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday […]

Great Moments in intellectual convergence

Joe Posnanski in a post he put up last night: I don’t like that players took steroids and some certainly still do; but again … reality. Many elite athletes in an effort to succeed will push the boundaries of fair play. As Buck O’Neil always said: “The reason we didn’t do them is because we […]

Why the rest of the names cannot be released

This post originally appeared on NBC’s Circling the Bases on July 31, 2009. However, due to a recent platform changeover at NBC, it can be really hard to find in the archives (here is a link to where it currently resides, though that might change). I’m now reposting it in its entirety, because with the […]

Great Moments in self-importance

There’s a lotta things about me you don’t know anything about, Dottie. Things you wouldn’t understand. Things you couldn’t understand. Things you shouldn’t understand. You don’t wanna get mixed up with a guy like me. I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel. So long, Dott: This will never be over. Ever. And the truth is, baseball […]

McNamee sues Clemens

What a delicious way to end the week: Roger Clemens’ former personal trainer sued him Friday over allegations of steroid use, claiming the Major League Baseball star ruined his reputation by branding him a liar . . . The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, claims Clemens’ statements have “humiliated McNamee, destroyed his reputation, both personally […]

Why the rest of the names cannot be released

It’s a major post, so I don’t want to save it for “Exile”: Why the rest of the names cannot be released. With all due respect to those people in the “release the names already” camp, anyone who is advocating for such a thing is both (a) selfish; and (b) ignorant as to what really […]

Who’s the leaker?

We’re all so interested in the names being linked from the 2003 tests, but no one (besides me and a few other lawyer types) seems all that interested in who’s leaking the names. I wanna know, both as a lawyer — and for as much as complain about the legal system, I still hold my […]

Quote of the Day

Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was okay to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. […]

Manny, Ortiz on the 2003 steroid positive list

So sayeth the Times: Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, the sluggers who propelled the Boston Red Sox to end an 86-year World Series championship drought and to capture another title three years later, were among the roughly 100 Major League Baseball players to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, according to lawyers with knowledge […]