The baseball season has heated up, and there are plenty of news items going on. Barry Bonds is going to break Hank Aaron's home run record any day, the Milwaukee Brewers are in first place, and the trade deadline is just days away. But there's one story lurking beneath the radar that could prove to rock the sport more than any other.
The man's name is Judge Edward C. Voss, and his decision tomorrow could really shake things up. It all involves an affidavit where some names are blacked out. The Associated Press filed a suit which argued that the public has a right to know whose names of the players implicated in the whole Jason Grimsley affair, and on Thursday Judge Voss indicated that he would issue his ruling on Friday.
In making the case for the judge to unseal the names, Peter S. Kozinets, a lawyer for The Associated Press, said that throughout the government’s five-year investigation of the use of performing-enhancing drugs, users have not been prosecuted.The government responded to the suit like in the same way it does about everything else that goes on in the federal government. They claim the names shouldn't get out because it's an "ongoing investigation." Sound familiar?
The public, he said, has the right to know that the investigation has been conducted fairly, and that professional athletes were not receiving special treatment.
If Judge Voss does rule in favor of the AP, it will surely create a great deal of madness. The years of guessing who did and didn't take steroids could finally be answered in part. Former Major Leaguer David Segui has already admitted that he was on the list, and the LA Times reported last October that players such as Miguel Tejada, Roger Clemens, and Andy Pettite were also implicated as steroid users.
The Grimsley affair seems to have drifted into obscurity over the last year, but tomorrow's decision could thrust it back into the spotlight. This hasn't been a good stretch for any of the major professional sports leagues, and a decision in favor of the AP is perhaps the last thing MLB needs. So let's hear it from Voss, and perhaps our years of playing the guessing game can finally bear some winners.