Sport: Larger and Darker By the Day

Ueberroth goes to the players, and they go to the union

Simplifying baseball's drug crisis, leaving out the weasel words anyway, Commissioner Peter Ueberroth made a direct plea to every major league player last week to volunteer for urinalysis. Throughout an unusual address, as amazing as any ever delivered in the cause of image repair, alarm bells were ringing: "Baseball is on trial." "Baseball is in trouble." "A cloud called drugs is permeating our game." "The shadow is growing larger and darker by the day." "Stop this menace." At risk and at stake are "a generation of kids" and "a decade of baseball being synonymous with drugs." "We cannot let the season...

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