From mlb.com -
Commissioner Bud Selig has named former Sen. George Mitchell to head a full-scale investigation into the past use of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball.
The announcement came at a press conference at the Commissioner’s office on Thursday.
The probe was spurred by recent allegations made in a book that targets San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds and Gary Sheffield and Jason Giambi of the New York Yankees, among a number of other former Major Leaguers.
All the players involved will be allowed to play while the probe is under way.
What discipline Selig can hand out after the investigation is complete is a matter of conjecture. The union has a representational obligation to any of the players involved, Fehr said.
“I hope nobody is making judgments about the inquiry before it’s done,” said Fehr, who met with Bonds at his Scottsdale Stadium locker for 20 minutes on Monday after the union’s annual spring session with the Giants players. “Bud will make whatever decision Bud makes and we’ll go from there.”
The authors say Sheffield and Giambi were also extensive steroid users and link the pair to Bonds and his personal trainer, Greg Anderson, who was indicted in the BALCO case, pled guilty to reduced charges, and was sentenced to jail time. Victor Conte, the president of the now-defunct company, also pled to lesser charges and served a four-month prison sentence.
If you ask me, Bud wants to get Bonds. But, to do that, he needs to ensure that Bonds is not the only one who goes down. So, if Bud does go after Bonds, I expect him to go after Giambi (for sure) and (maybe) Sheffield.
If you take Giambi and/or Sheffeild out of the Yankees line-up for a while, it’s going to impact their won-loss record (considering who the Yankees have as present back-ups).
This could be a mess. I don’t feel terrible for the Yankees – they knew the Giambi deal when they signed him. There’s no way that they could have not known he was using something. It was pretty obvious. But, they (Team Stein) chose to look the other way on that. (I’m not certain that the Yankees could have known about Sheffield.)
Hey, on the bright side, this could be a chance for Kevin Thompson and Eric Duncan to show their stuff in New York. By the time the “investigation” is done, both Thompson and Duncan would have had a chance to get some Triple-A ABs under their belt. That could just be the additional seasoning that’s needed before helping out in the Bronx.
If Giambi and/or Sheffield get suspended for a while as a result of all this stuff, the Yankees are going to need that help.