White Sox owner criticizes union, but “fears” Fehr

May 16, 2009

The owner of the Chicago White Sox chided the baseball players’ union for blocking efforts to rid the sport of performance-enhancing drugs, even making a play on words on a famous presidential quote related to the union chief.
    
Jerry Reinsdorf, speaking at a sports law conference in Chicago, said the important topics facing Major League Baseball have not changed since he last spoke to the lawyers’ group in 1983, but the drugs used by those players who do break the rules have changed from cocaine.
    
“Now we have steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs,” he said, adding that such drugs give users an unfair advantage over clean players, put users’ health at risk and their use sets a bad example for children.
    
Despite improved drug testing, Reinsdorf, who also owns the National Basketball Association team in Chicago, said baseball still must deal with human growth hormones, which current tests cannot track. 
    
For that reason, blood tests are likely needed, but the Major League Baseball Players Association union has resisted that approach, he added.
    
“I believe the game needs to be cleaned up or we’re going to lose fans,” Reinsdorf said.

Cubs bidder admits he is (horrors!) a White Sox fan

March 24, 2009

wrigley1John Canning Jr, who came up short last year in his bid for the storied Chicago Cubs baseball team, made a shocking admission on Tuesday.