You’ve Got to Be Kidding Me – A Big-League Umpire Said What in Iowa City Tuesday?

See no evil ...

See no evil ...

I read the story in Tuesday’s Gazette about what major-league umpire Tim McClelland said at the University of Iowa baseball team’s annual Lead-Off Dinner, and couldn’t believe it. Still can’t.
“I’d like to see people get over it,” McClelland said Tuesday afternoon during a news conference at the Coralville Marriott and Convention Center. “There were a lot of people taking steroids. They used it to make themselves better, and I can’t fault a player for doing that. It might have been illegal, but if you chastised everybody who was doing something illegal in the game there wouldn’t be anybody playing the game.”
“That era everybody was using them, so you have to say from 1990 to 2004 there were a lot of guys using and that’s the way it was,” McClelland said. “Move on and get rid of it. Put it in the back of your mind. Don’t single out one guy or two guys or 10 guys. That’s just the way it was.”
Are you kidding me? Get over it? Move on and get rid of it?
Illegal activity that altered the sport’s on-field results shouldn’t be glossed over and forgotten just because “everybody was using them.”
Incredible. Baseball needs to expose as much of this as possible, show how performance-enhancing steroids and other substances are to users, and drum it into the public’s head that this can’t be tolerated or overlooked.
“They used it to make themselves better,” McClelland said in the Iowa City Press-Citizen’s account of McClelland’s appearance at the Hawkeyes’ function. “I can’t fault a player for doing that. It was not against the rules of baseball (before 2004), so I can’t fault a player for trying to make himself better.”

“I had a catcher tell me, ‘Us peons have to get off steroids; we can’t afford them,'” McClelland said in the Press-Citizen story. ( “He said the guys that make the big money, because they put up the big numbers, can get the synthetic steroids, and they can stay on them, and that’s not fair.

“What he was telling me is that there were a lot of guys on steroids.”

And McClelland, like everyone else in the Grand Old Game, shrugged. Not that the umpire, who lives in West Des Moines, could have done anything except get ostracized himself, had he spoken  out about it at the time.

But this attitude of it happened, everybody was doing it, forget about it and move along — that’s the kind of thing you expect to hear from a teenager, not one of the game’s on-field law-enforcement officers.





5 responses to “You’ve Got to Be Kidding Me – A Big-League Umpire Said What in Iowa City Tuesday?

  1. “Move on and get rid of it.”

    I didn’t read the whole story, but it sounds like he’s saying, basically, ‘look forward and not back.’

    I’d have to agree, and if he’s advocating changes that serve to eliminate steroid use in the future, I don’t really see what’s so incredible about his take. The silly witch hunt stuff has done more damage to the sport than the crimes themselves did, IMO.

    What do I know, though. I hate sports, and I especially hate baseball. Not even sure what I’m doing reading this blog, LOL.

  2. There is lots of blame to go around and, until everybody starts owning up to their role in this, it’s going to continue to be an issue. The owners turned a blind eye as the money was coming in. The players (via MLBPA) didn’t want enforcement. The media that covers the game knew it was going on but didn’t report on it., most likely because they couldn’t get people to go on the record about it. The league (Bud Selig) refused to step in because the game was incredibly popular.

    At this point, I agree with those that say release all the names (including the list of 103 that A-Rod was on). Give them and anyone who fesses up to using before they started testing and penalizing total amnesty. Then, if it is found out someone used and didn’t confess, it’s an automatic 1-yr suspension.

  3. Todd, what if I promise to make one of every 10 posts unrelated to sports?

    One of eight?

    Work with me here, son.

  4. AHahha….welll, maybe. Hey, I’m reading now, aren’t I? Just saw your post on Twitter and became interested. As I said, totally not a sports guy. But for some reason, lately, I’ve gotten really into the Jim Rome Show. So maybe there’s hope I will one day RSS your blog and become a regular reader.

    But, if you didn’t write mostly about what you know and love, you’d probably suck. So, not trying to influence your content.;)

  5. Todd, maybe the umpire shouldn’t be calling games. He would see a illegal action on the field and say to those watching, “get over it” it’s in the past. How absurd!?

    This is choice, “What do I know, though. I hate sports, and I especially hate baseball. Not even sure what I’m doing reading this blog”.

    Don’t let the door hit ya….

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