So why isn’t Major League Baseball happy about Jason Giambi’s latest admission and apology? Most fans have come to the conclusion what we really want is everything out in the open so we can learn from the mistakes and move on. Major League Baseball claims it wants the same thing, and has a committee supposedly working hard towards that end.
So why would there be any consideration of penalizing Giambi for his confession? Why doesn’t every baseball official from the commissioner to the front office applaud Giambi’s gambit, which could have the effect of encouraging others to come forward? Isn’t Major League Baseball complaining that players aren’t being forthcoming in its investigations?
What does the reaction to Giambi’s comments tell me? That MLB has no intention of being forthright in its handling of the steroid mess they created. The steroid report will be as big a sham as the findings of the committee that determined Abner Doubleday invented baseball.
The truth is: they don’t want the truth to come out.
NEW YORK — Jason Giambi gave an honest opinion, but it may leave him open to a suspension from Major League Baseball.
“I was wrong for doing that stuff,” Giambi told USA Today Friday, meaning steroids. “What we should have done a long time ago was stand up, players, ownership, everybody, and say, `We made a mistake.'”
Giambi basically did that in February 2005 at a press conference at Yankee Stadium, though he was careful not to mention steroids or specifically admit using them.
MLB officials told the Yankees not to comment on the issue, and Giambi, when he was approached by reporters at Shea Stadium, tried to shut the door on it.
“I’m not going to discuss the matter further,” he said, repeating that in response to several questions.
Manager Joe Torre would not comment. General manager Brian Cashman indicated he thought Giambi would not have spoken for anyone other than himself. “What players do as individuals in the game is on them,” Cashman said.
MLB intends to investigate Giambi’s comments, The Associated Press reported. He could be suspended if it turns out he used banned substances since 2005, when the current rules went into effect, but that is likely not the case. If Giambi were to admit using banned substances after joining the Yankees in 2002, the team could have a case in trying to void his contract, which runs through next year.