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— Where BTF's Members Investigate the Grand Old Game
Tuesday, June 04, 2002
STEROIDS vs. CONTRACTION:The Negotiation That Will Never Be
Don Malcolm suggests a ### for tat agreement between the owners and players that might make the fans happy.
The recent media frenzy about steroids in baseball has seeped down
First, let’s note that there is ample precedent for drug testing
The other reality, of course—and this is something that few
That said, an official ban on steroids is still worth doing, and
What they should do, in this most practical of worlds, is to
Please resist the impulse to moralize here, in the fashion of
Baseball needs to avoid a work stoppage. They need it
What’s needed is a negotiation to resolve, or at least delay, some
Instead, of course, both sides will look to the courts to resolve
Revenue-sharing is the least of baseball’s problems, in
The hot issues—the ones that push the biggest buttons with
Don Fehr should, in my opinion, simply tell his players that they
Taking these two onerous issues out of play would be a tremendous
Such a gesture would be a rare acknowledgement on both sides that
It would be the right thing to do, at exactly the right time.
Which is why the subtitle of this essay, of course, is what is it
Therefore, Fehr will probably have to remain in the watching and
Selig, of course, is determined to be the John Foster Dulles of
As I look down the road with respect to all these issues, I can’t
We’re getting dangerously close to whimpering time, I’m afraid.
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