Sports studs J. Friedman and J. Royal have done a good job dissectingthe Astros trade for Miguel Tejada
. Mere minutes ago, Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig held a press conference regarding the Mitchell Report (which would be a lot cooler if it was pronounced "Mitchell Rapport").
Obviously, and as J. Royal points out, the news from Senator George Mitchell's war on drugs in baseball is particularly damning for your Houston Astros. On the list of alleged users are Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitie and -- gasp! -- brand new Astro Miguel Tejada.
So with the Mitchell Rapport (we're gonna go with it anyway) out, what does Commish Bud have to say about these reportedly offending players? How does he plan to come down on the Rocket or Tejada, if applicable?
Well, he plans to go with Mitchell's 20 recommendations. "His report is a call to action, and I will act," said Selig. "I will deal with the active players identified by Senator Mitchell." And later: "All discipline will be public."
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Of these potential tokers, cream users and shooter-uppers, Selig said of their crime, "They're going to have to live with that. There's no sense in playing the 'blame game.'"
Wha? Oh Bud, you tease.
"I have to do something about it," he added. "What the consequences are will be determined by a case-by-case basis."
Call us cynical, but this kinda screams wrist slap. Stay tuned. And hey, if you bump into Miguel Tejada, welcome him to H-Town, and congratulate him for making a pretty lofty list -- Steven Devadanam