George Bell Wasn't Named In The Mitchell Report

asteriskI've been thinking a lot about the Mitchell Report this evening. A lot of players were named, including some huge names. I've been wondering how I'd feel if George Bell was named.

George Bell retired after the 1993 season and could never have been named in the Mitchell Report, but he was my favourite player growing up. He was my baseball hero, and had I learnt today he cheated, I'd have been crushed.

For many, their George Bell was named in the report. How many idolize Roger Clemens, for example. It's the details about him that most intrigue me. He was getting roids at Skydome and was cheating during his Cy Young seasons here in Toronto. Statistically speaking, those are the two best Blue Jays seasons ever recorded by a starting pitcher. Now I wonder if they shouldn't be wiped from the record book.

On this very blog I've written extensively about Roger Clemens. In the summer of '04 I called him the best pitcher of his generation. I actually think he might be the best pitcher of all time, and now I'm left shaking my head.

Imagine if he was George Bell.


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Mike (Buffalo Boy)

Mike,
I didn't write about the whole thing today because I need to wait and get some perspective on it. I was scared that there would be more Blue Jays than are on there already.
George Bell was also my favorite player growing up I couldn't imagine what i would feel if he had been on there either.
One other guy im glad hasnt shown up yet is Tom Henke.
And Joe Carter. Does that home run in 93 go away if hes on that list?

December 13, 2007 @ 9:16 PM

Tee

If you're going to put an asterisk beside Clemens (or any other player on that list) you better put one beside Gaylord Perry, Preacher Roe since they illegally used the spitball. Since steroids weren't against the rules until 2002, I question everybody's commitment to win that wasn't juicing.

December 13, 2007 @ 9:24 PM

Jason | GetYouOJ.com

So they are going after baseball players more agressively while I still am waiting for US Congress to get it's ass in gear about wrestling and roids. I won't be holding my breath. It will likely all blow over.. and if it doesn't ask yourself why it's ok in wrestling but not in baseball.

December 14, 2007 @ 9:50 AM

Terry

Even if Roger did use 'roids, they were not illegal in baseball then - so it's just as legal as some guy who drinks 10 cups of coffee before a game to load up on caffeine.

Also, it would have just made the playing field level since most of the guys he was facing were on them too. Watching Clemens pitch at the Dome for those two seasons was amazing and cannot be taken away.

July 26, 2008 @ 11:00 PM

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