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Yankees: Cheating with integrity?

As the sports world is about to find out what MLB has paid for/collected on New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez alleged connection with the infamous Biogenesis

English: Sammy Sosa 1998-99 Chicago Cubs home ...

English: Sammy Sosa 1998-99 Chicago Cubs home baseball uniform. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Clinic, I wanted to vent about the word integrity.

Since January, the word integrity has been used a lot to describe this whole PED investigation.

Here are some random examples:

MLB Juices Up Efforts to Protect Integrity of America’s Past-Time

MLB’s motive in PED scandal: Token gesture or integrity movement?

If A-Rod Appeals His Upcoming Suspension, Bud Selig Will Ban Him To ‘Preserve The Integrity Of The Game’

The monkey in the room has been whether this whole soap opera has kept the game’s integrity or hurt it.

In my opinion, cheaters in general should be punished.

Whether it is on a test in school, a significant other having an affair or a professional athlete taking PEDs it is all cheating.

But concerning MLB’s Biogenesis investigation, I do not think the integrity of the game was even considered.

MLB knowingly let PEDs run wild for years without any concern for the games integrity.

Following the 1995 strike, baseball took a huge financial hit and without PED usage, who knows if the game would have recovered.

Eventually, fans would have returned and money would be made but without the summer of 1998.

That was the year when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were in a homerun record race that the nation was watching.

McGwire hit 70 bombes and admitted to steroid use two years ago after his name was found on the infamous Mitchell Report.

Sosa went deep 66 times and his name also found on the Mitchel Report. Sosa might not have fest up but his bodily changes were so ridiculous he did not have too.

My point here is not about players who cheat, it is to say that MLB seems to take the integrity of this game so many of us love for granted.

Forbes Amy Rees Anderson wrote that integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching. It takes having the courage to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences will be. Building a reputation of integrity takes years, but it takes only a second to lose, so never allow yourself to ever do anything that would damage your integrity.

So my question is how is baseball’s integrity rebuilt courtesy of this Biogenesis Investigation?

The Commissioners Office paid Biogenesis owner Anthony Bosch a known criminal to testify, dropped a law suit against him and promised him protection from any criminal charges in any future.

Regardless of the outcome, if you are not acting with integrity how can you build it back up?

The above is more like a rant from a confused baseball fan.

Opinions wanted please….

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  1. Uncle Mike says:

    Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, Palmeiro, Clemens… These guys are being punished by not being allowed into the Hall of Fame. A-Rod is being punished by having whatever remains of his livelihood taken away. (True, Palmeiro got released and Bonds was effectively blacklisted, but they were a few years older.) And until we see the evidence, which (for the moment) we haven't, MLB is punishing A-Rod with fewer evidence than we had on those guys.

    Why is the big Yankee being made an example of?

  2. Heather says:

    He is being made an exampe of, because they believe that not only did he juice, but that he impeded the investigation. That's what has him in a world of hurt with Selig. And just because they've been doing PEDs for a long time is not a justification to let it continue.