Torre Has It Right

New Dodgers manager Joe Torre, at a golf tournament in his off-season home of Hawaii, got it at least half right when he said - of the current drug scandal - that the most important thing is that the fans trust baseball when the new season begins, that the fans have confidence in the integrity of the game. Right now, they don't.

Torre said baseball must do what it must to change the situation.

Of course, the new Dodgers manager, in the same interview, refused to get involved in the Roger Clemons embroglio. Joe, not getting involved is NOT reinstalling trust and confidence in the game.

That is the sum and substance of baseball's fan trust problem right now. Running or opting for the sidelines - "I dont want to get involved" - does not lead to trust-building.

The fans are waiting for baseball to come clean and that means the teams, the owners, the players, the union, the commissioners, the trainers, the writers to do something more than they  have done so far.

It seems everybody is ducking, waiting for the problem to go away, to heal itself. And that is not happening.

Since the Mitchell Report surfaced, baseball has imitated the Iowa presidential primaries to a fare the well. Everybody seems to be putting their spin on events, hoping the public at large will buy their slant. Well, boys and girls, the fans ain't buying.

Hillary is saying "I am ready to fix this, I have experience." Pray tell us, what specifically gives you experience and what specifically will you do and when. Not Hillary, baseball.

John Edwards Brays "unionists of the world unite" emulating the troubadour Paul Robeson. Sure, baseball fans say, Don Fehr and the union will fix baseball.


Look at the varied political stances and you see a perfect microcosm of how baseball has positioned itself in recent months.

There are now less than eight weeks to go before the pitchers and catchers report to spring training. The thing is, will the fans report.

We are waiting for somebody, anybody, who is on the inside of baseball to step up and say here is what I knew, when I knew it, why I didn't do anything about it, what I would have done if I had had the power to do it, here is what I would do now.

Joe Torre has hit the nail on the head. He knows the problem. It ain't the drugs. Its the fans. Joe has recognized the nail for what it is. As the Dodgers manager, he has a hammer of sorts in his hands. Will he go beyond knowing and actually DO something?

Not just Joe, but resurrection has to start someplace doesn't it?

As a Dodgers junkie, we would like to see trust begin at home.