Baseball endures; it survives its cheaters, its egomaniacs, its boors. In the case of Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez, it may get three in one. But just to be sure, could we see the evidence?
Mr. Rodriguez was suspended through the 2014 season, and a dozen other players were banned for 50 games apiece Monday when Major League Baseball leveled its most sweeping punishment since it banned eight players for life for fixing the 1919 World Series.
Counting previous punishments, 18 players have been disciplined for their relationship to Biogenesis of America, a closed anti-aging clinic in South Florida that is accused of distributing banned performing-enhancing drugs.
According to news reports, Major League Baseball went after Mr. Rodriguez because it believes he used banned substances and interfered with its investigation of Biogenesis. Mr. Rodriguez admitted using steroids a decade ago but has denied using them since. He apparently can play while appealing his suspension.
MLB began its investigation after a Miami newspaper in January obtained medical records from Biogenesis linking banned substances to players including Mr. Rodriguez.
While this mess stinks to high heaven, baseball commissioner Bud Selig could do himself a favor by releasing evidence in the case. After scandals in the past, such as the Black Sox of 1919, strong leadership corrected the problems and reinstilled fan confidence in the game. Mr. Selig was initially slow to respond to steroid abuse in the 1990s, but has since put in place what was advertised as a strong drug policy. How well has it corrected the problem?