As expected, the Mitchell Report (released today and available for download here) hit the Orioles hard, linking many Orioles from the past and present with steroids.
Even the Bad Oriole himself, Manny Alexander, was named in the report.
The impact this report will have on trading Brian Roberts (who is named in the report) remains to be seen, but with Miguel Tejada having been linked to steroids for years, and getting traded only a day before the report was to be released, one must think that it won't effect Roberts' trade value all that much.
What troubles me, however, is the amount of players from the Orioles named on the list. I don't know if it's because the Orioles are an easy target because of their years of losing and the amount of stars they've had on their rosters over the last few years, or what.
But I can't help but wonder if winning teams have less players mentioned in the report. So I have the call the objectivity of the report into question.
Senator Mitchell is associated with Boston Red Sox ownership, and as fate would have it, no one from the Red Sox current roster is mentioned in the report.
I find it hard to believe that man-beasts Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez are 100% clean.
Anyway, no one knows what the Mitchell report means for baseball. If suspensions are levied for all players mentioned in the report, April 2008 could look a lot like the 1995 season could have looked like with replacement players filling in for the striking players.
What the report will probably do is force the MLB to ramp up their testing policy, which is still pretty weak.
But overall, the Mitchell report hasn't told us anything we haven't already known. Baseball players take steroids and have taken them for years.
In other breaking news, the North has won the war, man has landed on the moon, and Y2K was a hoax.