Baseball Cop by Eddie Dominguez

In late 2007, former United State Senator George Mitchell published Report to the Commissioner of Baseball of an Independent Investigation into the Illegal Use of Steroids and Other Performance Enhancing Substances by Players in Major League Baseball. Commonly it is known as the “Mitchell Report.”

Almost 90 players were named in the report, including big names like Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and Eric Gagne. The fallout was almost immediate. Major League Baseball intensified their drug testing program by increasing testing and penalties. Additionally, MLB created its Department of Investigations in 2008 to protect “the integrity of our sport” as stated by then Commissioner Bud Selig.

Enter Eddie Dominguez.

Dominguez worked for the Boston Police Department, was a member of an FBI task force, and a Resident Security Agent for the Boston Red Sox. He was recruited to join the newly formed Department of Investigations to help clean up baseball. And from the moment Dominguez took the job, he knew something was not right.

Though the Mitchell Report sent shockwaves throughout the nation and the professional sports world, there was still a lot of resistance. From the poor areas of Cuba where young boys dreamed of a life of baseball to the ritzy high rises of MLB headquarters in New York, the DOI faced challenges every step of the way.

Dominguez is a man of honor and integrity. Being told to stand down my MLB Executive Vice President and now Commissioner Rob Manfred, did not sit well Dominguez. Yet, Dominguez kept head down and he worked hard. Under his tenure, he was able to make positive changes in international dealings as well as help take down Anthony Bosch’s PED clinical call Biogenesis which in the end took down Alex Rodriguez among others.

Dominguez took the Mitchell Report and its recommendations as sacred. Dominguez saw the ugly underbelly of steroids and drugs while the rest of the world saw home runs and strikeouts. He saw problems in morality and society. In this book, he is brutal towards Selig and Manfred and I don’t really blame him.

This not the best written book. At times I was simply lost. There are long storylines and multiple characters that is was not easy to follow. However, this book does open your eyes to professional sports. I think we all believe things have gotten better since the relaxed PED days of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, but in reality the cheaters have become more cunning and clever.

As the saying goes, “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.”