Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Former Commissioner On Cheaters.

In a rare TV interview, U.S. Olympic Committee chairman and former Major League Baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth said that if baseball superstars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are proven to have used performance-enhancing drugs they should be stricken from the record books.
Appearing Thursday with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business Network, Ueberroth said he is opposed to asterisks or any other disclaimers when chronicling baseball's records.

“If Barry Bonds has proven to use steroids he should, in my view, be stricken from the record book. No asterisk," said Ueberroth, MLB commissioner from 1984-89. "You don't need an asterisk for someone who cheats. So, if he is a cheater, you should wipe him out. … If someone cheated, they don't deserve their records. They don't deserve to be in any kind of Hall of Fame. … If they cheated [Bonds and Roger Clemens] — history."

Peter Ueberroth served as the 6th commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1984 to 1989. During the course of his stint as commissioner, Ueberroth reinstated Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle, who had been banned from working for Major League Baseball by Kuhn because of their associations with gambling casinos. He also suspended numerous players because of cocaine use, and initiated the investigation against Pete Rose's betting habits.