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We're All Stars Now In The Dope Show....

Okay, don't get me wrong.  I hate cheaters.  This is why I don't bother with baseball anymore.  And it's not just the steroids thing.  Baseball is rife with cheating of different kinds, from nicking the ball to fake tags.  I don't like games where the question is not your skill but can you think of something not covered by the rules that grants you an advantage over those too honorable to do what you are doing.

That said, the steroids scandal, while not surprising, is terrible since the stuff they were taking is ILLEGAL.  Say what you will about stealing signs or whatever, it doesn't violate federal law.  However, the feds got a little anxious to crack down on dopers.  In 2003, the feds had a federal warrant which listed 10 players suspected of being drug cheats.  They grabbed the records of over 100 players instead.  Several names got leaked, including Sammy Sosa, Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez, and David Ortiz (I'm pretty sure no one was surprised by the Sosa revelation).  The players union sued, claiming that the government overextended its reach and that it could have a bad impact on employee records in all walks of life that the feds might want to rifle through.

Ruling came down today -- 9 to 2, it was ruled the feds had NO RIGHT to grab anything more than the ten names they had on the warrant.  The players who had their names leaked?  I suppose they could sue, but since they don't exactly have public support, God only knows what they'd get and it would drag their names further through the mud, so why risk it?

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."  Amendment IV of the Constitution.

If dope is illegal in this country, how did these people get jobs here?

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