OUR VIEWS: Feds have no business in baseball

Jul 17, 2012


Even though the 8-0 drubbing the National League handed to the American League made for a less-than-entertaining game, it remains enjoyable to watch the plethora of superstars who partake in the various activities.

It’s encouraging to see the fan interest remain high in midst of America’s pastime having somewhat of a black eye due to the performance-enhancing drugs scandal.

Superstar Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, was one of the National League all stars who, as recently as spring training this year, was accused of using illegal substances and faced a 50-game suspension. Fortunately for him, his team and Brewer fans, the case was thrown out due to mishandling of evidence.

Regardless of your position on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball, it’s an issue that is best dealt with by Major League Baseball — not Congress. Costly federal prosecutors and FBI agents spent countless hours and dollars since 2008 on the recent Roger Clemens case that ended with Clemens being acquitted on all charges.

What a catastrophic waste of time and taxpayers’ money. Job creation, national security and energy technology are just three issues that should have been of far greater importance to Congress than the Roger Clemens trial.

What Ryan Braun, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa and countless others inject into their bodies is their business. If the league sees this as “doping” and determines it to be cheating, then let Major League Baseball deal with it.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Kevin Collier, Nick White and Liz Stuck. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.



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