I couldn't believe my ears when I listened to Bud Selig's press conference today! Major League Baseball's Commissioner had three days to read the Mitchell Report and all its details on the sport's Steroid Era. He said he didn't get through it.
But at least he humbly accepted his role in the explosion of the use of steroids. Oh, wait. He didn't do that either. "Well, you know, hindsight is wonderful," he weaseled. He claimed to respect Senator George Mitchell and Mitchell's finding that Selig was at least partly at fault, but "there are a lot of people in baseball who clearly feel differently...It's time to move forward."
It was Selig's equivilant of the Mark McGwire protest, "I don't want to talk about the past."
As for the players' past, that's a different matter. Selig is apparently going to hold players accountable for their mistakes. He vowed to "deal with the active players identified by Senator Mitchell as users of performance enhancing substances."
So while he won't address his misteps, he'll punish the players for theirs...unless he doesn't. "Discipline of players will be determined on a case-by-case basis."
As far as I can tell, Bud Selig's courage is a lot like Human Growth Hormone. When tested, it's undetectable.