Hall of Famers are disappointed
Needless to say, Rafael Palmeiro has disappointed all of us — myself, his team, the fans and baseball in particular. Jose Canseco’s book is looking better all the time. Now we also know the steroid that Palmeiro took. It is all starting to fit together. In May, they were talking about releasing Palmeiro for not hitting and all of a sudden he just got it back together and started hitting and now we discovered that he has tested positive for steroids.<p>
For me, the weakest answer he could have provided is that "I did not knowingly ever take steroids." My suggestion to him is not only to come clean with Congress but also to come clean with the public. There is no reason he can’t come clean. He would not be violating any confidentiality policy. Major League Baseball and the Players Association can’t say a thing. Obviously someone leaked it from somewhere and that’s too bad, but I don’t think we would have ever known if it was not disclosed.
I understand there are two Bills in Congress — one by Jim Bunning and one by John McCain. It looks like this is going to come to fruition one of these days when Congress is going to set the law for steroids and they’ll be a lot tougher than they are now. Ten days is not the right number of days. I’m thinking if Congress does it, the penalty will be two years for the first offense and a lifetime ban for the second offense.
Palmeiro owes the fans an explanation. Stanozolol is something you can’t buy over the counter so Palmeiro’s argument gets even weaker. You have to know what you put in your body. I’m getting tired of hearing people say they didn’t knowingly put anything into their body. That’s the weakest answer.
If there is another side of the story, then we, the public, would sure like to know it in a hurry. There are a lot of disappointed Hall of Famers.
My wife Connie and I left Cooperstown and drove to Traverse City, where I’m doing an appearance for Ernst & Young. Ernst & Young sponsors the Baseball As America traveling exhibit. The exhibit goes to 12 different cities. It started in New York a couple years ago and has traveled to such places as the Smithsonian and this year to St. Louis and Houston. It goes to Oakland next, and it will be coming to the Detroit area in March. This is a wonderful exhibit and anyone in the area should visit it. It talks about everything that has happened in baseball for the last 100 years. Ernst &Young has been a wonderful supporter of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
After Traverse City, I’ll be on my way to Detroit for a family wedding. In the meantime, I look forward to reading more of your comments here on my MLBlog, and please be sure to visit my official website at brooksrobinson.com to see what’s over there.