I'm not sure the point that Murray Chass is making in today's New York Times. In his column, he argues that Major League Baseball and the player's union should fight a federal subpoena issued by the BALCO grand jury that seeks to get the results of baseball's steroid testing last year. He also seems to argue that some players should just come out and admit their steroid use. And, he implies that Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa are on steroids. This issue is one that produces a ton of fuzzy thinking and writing, but I'd like to think the Times and Chass could do better. There's no reason that the MLB testing results shouldn't be fair game for subpoena, except to save baseball from embarrassment. To argue anything else is to apologize for baseball's ongoing drug problem, and I don't think anyone want to be doing that.

AuthorMark McClusky