I won’t criticize Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, MLB CEO Rob Manfred or star witness Anthony Bosch for appearing on “60 Minutes.” I can’t. The media member who does is a hypocrite or just plain jealous. Any serious reporter would have loved to land those interviews. Scott Pelley is one of the finest journalists in America. He proved it again Sunday. The American public now is wiser to the messy realities surrounding MLB’s prosecution of Alex Rodriguez — because, let’s face it, that’s exactly what it was. From Manfred, we learned the commissioner’s office bought $125,000 in evidence from a man known only as “Bobby.” We also heard statements suggesting a Rodriguez associate threatened Bosch’s life. The transparency is welcome, however unpleasant. But it’s the aftermath of the investigation I’m most worried about. Sunday night, the same question kept rolling through my mind. Is it going to be worth it? I realize there are two its in that sentence. Allow me to clarify: Four years from now, when Rodriguez is 42 and (probably) retired, how are we going to view the most expensive drug investigation in MLB history? As a righteous takedown of the game’s most famous — and, we are told, most egregious — steroid user? Or an overreach that poisoned relations between MLB and the MLB Players Association, leading to a cataclysmic end of labor peace?
Messy realities of A-Rod investigation might cost MLB later
Fox Sports | Jan 13