• George Mitchell Selection Issue

    Posted by on March 31st, 2006 · Comments (4)

    The Inquisition (what a show)
    The Inquistion (here we go)
    We know you’re wishin’ that we’d go away.
    But the Inquisition’s here and it’s here to stay!

    From the AP:

    Announcing the investigation was the easy part for baseball. Now George Mitchell must try to find out how widespread steroid use really was.

    In the wake of a searing book about Barry Bonds, commissioner Bud Selig appointed the former Senate Majority Leader _ and currently a director of the Boston Red Sox _ to lead the investigation.

    Mitchell, meanwhile, said he will not resign from his position with the Red Sox. He also is chairman of The Walt Disney Co., the parent of ESPN, a national broadcast partner of baseball.

    “I don’t think there’s any conflict,” he said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “I’m going to be independent, have complete independent authority and will act.”

    ESPN is airing a weekly behind-the-scenes look at Bonds _ with the Giants star’s cooperation _ starting next week.

    Along with working for the Red Sox, Mitchell is a former director of the Florida Marlins and served on an economic study committee Selig appointed in 1999. He said he previously announced he would leave the Disney board by the end of the year.

    “I’ve assured the Red Sox owners that should any matter arise, anybody affiliated with the Red Sox will be treated exactly as will anyone else,” he said.

    John Dowd, the Washington lawyer who headed baseball’s investigation of Pete Rose’s gambling in 1989, did not like the choice.

    “Mitchell doesn’t have a great track record with me. It doesn’t look like he’s independent,” Dowd said.

    Sen. Jim Bunning, a Kentucky Republican and baseball Hall of Famer, also criticized Mitchell.

    “While George Mitchell is certainly a man of great integrity, I believe that baseball would have been wiser to pick someone who is not as close to the game and may be able to take a more objective look into the facts,” Bunning said.

    DuPuy said baseball considered Mitchell’s potential conflicts of interest.

    “Given Sen. Mitchell’s integrity, given his background, he was absolutely considered to be the perfect choice for this job,” he said.

    When I hear that Trot Nixon is called in to be questioned, then I will believe that Mitchell is on the up-and-up with his research.

    Check the increase in HR% (and body type) for Nixon from 2002 to 2003. Note the way his body broke down in 2004. Further, look at how his HR% dropped (back) to pre-2003 levels in 2005.

    Fair is fair.

    Comments on George Mitchell Selection Issue

    1. hopbitters
      March 31st, 2006 | 11:44 am

      Yeah, but nobody wrote a book about Nixon yet…

      The Baseball Same Game II :
      Finding Comparable Players From the Accused and the (Conveniently?) Overlooked.

    2. March 31st, 2006 | 11:57 am

      Hey, maybe that one would sell better than the BBSG I?

    3. rbj
      March 31st, 2006 | 12:28 pm

      “No one expects the Spanish Inquisition
      . . .
      Bring on the soft cushions. And the comfy chair.”

      That’s what it will amount to.

    4. JohnnyC
      March 31st, 2006 | 12:58 pm

      I’m sure there are a few people somewhere who actually believe Bud Selig is not the worst baseball commissioner of all time. George Mitchell is one of them.

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