(Note: The following is a guest column written by blingboy.)
We all know about the looming suspensions, reportedly to be handed down after Major League Baseball’s All-Star break, which may have significant impact for the four players selected this year who have been mentioned as suspension candidates (Jhonny Peralta, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz and Everth Cabrera).
The integrity of the game is central to the whole PED issue and to its current chapter, including the looming Biogenisis-related suspensions. But the suspensions – which reports say may be of unprecedented length, 100 games perhaps – will themselves affect the integrity of the game, at least short term.
Consider the case of Peralta, starting shortstop of the AL Central division-leading Detroit Tigers. Peralta’s team does not have another all-star quality shortstop waiting to take over. His suspension for all or most of the remainder of this season could easily affect the outcome of the Divisional race, a...