Three Strikes: Selig had better grill A-Rod, Cubs early woes and more
Baseball must provide an honest product -- no matter what the score
It's too early to fully panic, but the Cubs' warning signs are ominous
Ortiz, Tejada and Abreu headline a list of old sluggers without a homer
1) Time for Bud Selig's investigators to have another little chat with Alex Rodriguez.
The account in the book, written by Sports Illustrated's Selena Roberts, is so detailed and -- as described --so harmful to the integrity of the game that Selig may need to do the interrogating himself. When you go to a baseball game, you need to be absolutely certain that the competition you are paying to see is legitimate and honest -- no matter what the score. That Rodriguez would conspire with friendly opponents for the sake of their own batting statistics is a corruption of honest competition, which has to be the bedrock of baseball.
If the charges are true, Selig will have no choice but to level disciplinary action against Rodriguez. And, worse, Rodriguez, having already repeatedly disgraced himself before fans and the media, will have shamed himself before the people of his own profession.
2) It's too early for the Cubs (10-11) to panic, but check back in another month.
3) "Look around baseball," one GM said. "The older teams are the ones struggling. It's better to be young these days."
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