Steroids controversy may tarnish sport

Updated: November 14, 2003, 8:03 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
  • You've heard the name Kazuo Matsui bandied about since the season ended. Based on the interest level in the talented Japanese shortstop, one must assume he is pretty good. But how good? Ken Belson finds any number of baseball people who will bear witness to his greatness. The New York Times carries his profile of the man most think will be the next big thing in Japanese imports.

  • The results are in from baseball's steroid test and MLB is putting a positive spin on the five to seven percent figure the testing showed were taking the enhancers. Not so Flip Bondy of the New York Daily News. He wants to know where the outrage is over these findings.

  • Forget 'roid rage. How about some rage over what the Brewers are up to? Mike Nichols of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel thinks area residents should be a little more angry about having to help the Selig family pay for their stadium while they continue to slash payroll and put poor teams on the field year after year.

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