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Moose
06-14-2007, 10:02 AM
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is "heading toward" suspending Jason Giambi next week if he doesn't cooperate with the steroids investigation by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, USA Today reported on its Web site early Thursday.

The newspaper, citing a high-ranking Major League Baseball official who had spoken with Selig, said the commissioner wants a decision from Giambi by Tuesday. The official was not given permission to comment publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, the paper said.

Selig said June 6 that he wanted Giambi to meet with Mitchell within two weeks and to "cooperate fully" with the probe, which began in March 2006. Baseball said Selig would make a decision on disciplining the New York Yankees designated hitter after Giambi "completed his activities" with Mitchell and that Giambi's level of cooperation would be taken into account by Selig.

The players' association said Giambi, currently on the disabled list with a foot injury, would make his decision after consulting with his lawyer and the union. No active players are known to have spoken with Mitchell.

Giambi told a federal grand jury in December 2003 that he used steroids and human growth hormone, the San Francisco Chronicle reported in December 2004. Before the start of spring training in 2005, the 2000 AL MVP made repeated general apologies at a news conference but never used the word "steroids." He told USA Today in comments published May 18: "I was wrong for doing that stuff," comments many interpreted as an admission he used steroids.

Baseball and its union didn't ban steroids until September 2002 and didn't institute penalties for a first offense in most cases until 2005. Michael Weiner, the union's general counsel, said no grounds exist for disciplining Giambi based on the remarks published by USA Today or Giambi's decision about whether to meet with Mitchell.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/baseball/mlb/06/14/giambi.steroids.ap/index.html

Moose
06-14-2007, 10:06 AM
Giambi will get suspended for not talking to an investigator....but gets a free pass for admitted steroid usage over years. That's what is crazy about this whole thing.

Personally, I think the Yankees should have dumped Giambi last year under the morals clause of his contract when he admitted he was a juicer. Steinbrenner has always had the cajones...but for some reason he backed off.

mmmm8
06-14-2007, 10:29 AM
George Mitchell kicks ass. That's all I have to say :)

Moose
06-14-2007, 10:39 AM
George Mitchell kicks ass. That's all I have to say :)

yeah, but its a shame it took federal intevention for baseball to do anything, M8. Moreso than any other pro sports league (at least here in the US), baseball allowed juicing to become part of standard operating procedures.

I think Selig and all his cronies should be bounced as well, and the whole management system of professional baseball should be rebuilt up from the bottom up.

mmmm8
06-14-2007, 10:43 AM
yeah, but its a shame it took federal intevention for baseball to do anything, M8. Moreso than any other pro sports league (at least here in the US), baseball allowed juicing to become part of standard operating procedures.

I think Selig and all his cronies should be bounced as well, and the whole management system of professional baseball should be rebuilt up from the bottom up.

Yeah, I wish I shared your passion, but baseball does nothing for me.


I'm just amazed at George Mitchell. He does so many good things in so many avenues.

jjnow
06-14-2007, 01:40 PM
yeah, but its a shame it took federal intevention for baseball to do anything, M8. Moreso than any other pro sports league (at least here in the US), baseball allowed juicing to become part of standard operating procedures.

I think Selig and all his cronies should be bounced as well, and the whole management system of professional baseball should be rebuilt up from the bottom up.
I hate it too, Moose. And it's totally marred the sport's image. Everyone from the players up to the management should be ashamed of themselves.

jj

shtexas
06-14-2007, 01:44 PM
yeah, but its a shame it took federal intevention for baseball to do anything, M8. Moreso than any other pro sports league (at least here in the US), baseball allowed juicing to become part of standard operating procedures.

I think Selig and all his cronies should be bounced as well, and the whole management system of professional baseball should be rebuilt up from the bottom up.

Ditto!

AmonRa777
06-14-2007, 02:48 PM
This is nothing more than posturing by Selig....First of all he wants to scare Giambi into turning rat...That will never happens...If Giambi turns rat, he will be a pariah in every clubhouse...Also Selig knows any action against Giambi will never survive the certain Union appeal...Yet it will head off the charges of bias and persecution sure to come if he goes after Bonds....This whole steroid investigation is nothing more than a witch hunt against Bonds....Selig was told by the FBI that MLB had a very serious steroid problem way back in '93....No one gave a flip until it became obvious Bonds would surpass Ruth...Even now there are known juicers in MLB being protected by both MLB and the media...The most famous one pitches for the Yankees...Its amazing to hear MLB wants players to coorperate just shortly after lynching the only player that ever came clean and told the whole truth...JOSE CANSECO!!! Unfortunately for MLB Jose had no firsthand knowledge of the one player they wnat to destroy, Barry Lamar Bonds....If Canseco could have given first hand info on Bonds, he would have been embraced and hailed as a sport saving hero....

AmonRa777
06-14-2007, 02:52 PM
yeah, but its a shame it took federal intevention for baseball to do anything, M8. Moreso than any other pro sports league (at least here in the US), baseball allowed juicing to become part of standard operating procedures.

I think Selig and all his cronies should be bounced as well, and the whole management system of professional baseball should be rebuilt up from the bottom up.


I agree completely...The only thing MLB has attempted is laying the whole 25 year mess squarely on the back of Barry Bonds....This whole Mitchell INvestigation is a farce to appease Congress and the public...MLB knows if they can get Bonds that wil appease the public and you will not hear anymore about...Players will continue juicing and passing the test