It's a victory for the process, despite MLB's cries of anguish. And the successful appeal of Ryan Braun's 50-game suspension should serve as an example to players in other pro leagues.
There will be no winners in the steroid era, only losers. Our last best hope to clean it up -- the government - just joined that club by bungling the Roger Clemens trial.
The years between 2000 and 2009 should be called the decade of the fan in sober acknowledgement of the ultimate victory of the dollar in sports, writes Howard Bryant.
Tony La Russa, Bud Selig and others celebrating Mark McGwire's return to baseball still don't get it. This isn't the lesson baseball needs to be teaching.
The Mitchell report once threatened to explode baseball into a million fragments. One calendar year later, the game has managed to reduce the decade's most vexing issue into an unpleasant afterthought.