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:
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.
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….