Thursday, March 30, 2006

Fair and balanced, Red Sox style

George Mitchell, a director of the Boston Red Sox, has been tabbed to lead an investigation on steroid use in Major League Baseball. So much for the concept of an "independent" investigation.

In a related story, Red Sox management quietly gives players permission to start using steroids. (That last line is a joke. But so is the illusion of fairness.)

In a way, I actually feel bad for Mitchell. If he finds steroid users who aren't Red Sox, he's biased. If he finds Red Sox, he's fired or becomes vice president of ticket operations. Just a poor appointment by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.

Don't misunderstand me; I'm not saying Yankee players shouldn't be investigated. But I get the feeling that Mitchell will do everything he can to bust one A-ball Red Sox minor leaguer who's hitting .204. That way, he can justify suspending Derek Jeter for talking about steroids while looking past the illegal substances he finds in Player X's locker at Fenway Park.