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Selig Says Giambi Faces No Suspension

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig released a statement Thursday saying that he was pleased with the cooperation he received from New York Yankees DH Jason Giambi, and that the player would receive no punishment. And so ends another sad chapter in Baseball as we know it in 2007, as we are immersed in an era in the entire World Of Sports that future historians may aptly name the "Scandal Age." The reason I call this a sad chapter, is that if handled correctly by Selig and the rest of the MLB Brain-Trust, could have ushered in an era of trust and Baseball could have started to recover some of it's integrity after the strike of 1994, and the "Steroid Era." In an interview with USA Today Baseball writer Bob Nightengale back in May, the New York slugger who had testified in front of a Grand Jury in 2003, told the reporter that he regretted taking "that stuff." Giambi also chastised MLB for not clearing the air on the steroid issue. He said that Baseball should have come clean a long time ago, on all levels including players and management, and admit they made a mistake. He said that MLB should have put rules in place and gone forward.

Instead of seizing the opportunity, to make a clean breast of things and to put the issue once and for all behind them, Selig and company circled the wagons. Instead of hailing Giambi as a brave individual, who admitted his own wrong doing, and urged the sport he loved to do the same, he was turned into Public Enemy Number One. Selig called him on the carpet making him speak with MLB "Steroid Czar" George Mitchell. Baseball fans can take solace in the fact that a stand-up guy was not punished, but should regret the opportunity missed by the powers that be.
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