The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast. These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need. Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "Major League Baseball" ...
A collection of stories dealing with baseball salaries. The first story examines the widening gap between the highest-paid athletes and the players making the least amount of money. For example, in 1988, the range between the median major league salary and highest-paid player has increased from $2,125,714 to $21,100,000. The second story looks at the which teams "get the most bang for their buck" by spending little money on big talent. Finally, a small story lists a team of talented players that worked for $300,000 or less last year to emphasize the idea that talent doesn't have to come with an enormous pricetag.
In 1977, 19-year-old Tommy Gioiosa's life would change forever after meeting major-league slugger Pete Rose at a motel in Tampa, Florida. Over the course of the next 10 years the two would become inseparable as Rose took in the young aspiring baseball player and give him a life outside of "dead-ending" in his home town of New Bedford, Mass. In over 100 hours of interview with Gioiosa, Vanity Fair's Buzz Bissinger dissects the relationship between the two, ending with Rose being banned from baseball and investigated for tax fraud and gambling and Gioiosa being sentenced to five years in prison in 1990. As Bissinger writes, "The relationship between Rose and Gioiosa reveals a tale quintessentially American in all its hues - about the tantalizing power of money and materialism, about hero worship and the false immunity it creates, about the price of loyalty."
"Under the misguided stewardship of Peter Angelos, the once-proud Orioles have become the laughingstock of baseball - and the worst may be yet to come." Tom Verducci takes a look at the Baltimore Orioles baseball franchise under the leadership of owner Peter Angelos. Angelos, 71, bought the Orioles in 1993, and took the team to the American League Play-offs in 1996 and 1997, but since then the decline of the franchise has been swift. The Orioles have one of the oldest starting line-ups in the major league with seven of the nine spots in the batting order taken up by players 30 or older. Often Angelos will involve himself in the signing of players, but as Verducci points out "the health-sensitive Angelos's track record for signing durable players is awful." The Orioles have also had troubles retaining general managers for the team because Angelos's hands on" style of ownership.
ESPN.com examines the reasons for the increasing usage of anabolic steroids, especially among elite and young athletes. The investigation finds that 10 years after the passage of the Anabolic Steroid Control Act in 1990, "steroids are easier to obtain than ever, law enforcement is lagging and leagues, coaches and doctors are proving ineffective in keeping athletes off the drugs." The series reveals that "steroid use has grown in leagues such as Major League Baseball, and...among teenage athletes." Among the major findings is the fact that "baseball players' access to steroids reflected a larger, government-based breakdown in a system designed to keep steroids out of the country." The investigation sheds light on the illegal imports of steroids from Mexico and other foreign countries.
When local Denverites rallied local support for tax bonds to help land a major league expansion team and pay for the new Coors Field, they didn't realize how sweet a deal they turned over to Rockies' owners. Taxpayers will pay almost the entire $215 million of stadium costs. If that weren't bad enough, now the Denver Broncos' owner Pat Bowlen is pushing for a similiar deal.