Why have we been talking about this for over a decade? Why is it still an issue? Major League Baseball doesn’t have a PED issue anymore, it has punishment issue.
Professional baseball leagues have been banning players for over 100 years but apparently Bud Selig didn’t get the memo. You know how you stop players from rampant gambling? Ban them. Amazing how that works. Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays were even banned in the early 80′s from being involved with MLB because they signed deals with a casino…it didn’t last but it did remind people that they were serious. From Shoeless Joe to Pete Rose, great players have been banned and the game went on. When you can ban the All-Time Hit King, who did not sully the record books with his crime, how can you not ban players who have been caught “enhancing” their abilities with some type of PED?
These players have made a mockery of the record books. The all time HR list is a whose-who of those accused of PED use. 6 of the top 14 in the history of baseball are likely to have been recent and current cheaters. I won’t name names, but will allow you to decide whom they might be. These are men who have become rich beyond anyone’s wildest dreams for no other reason than inflated statistics. These are men who have destroyed the possibility of someone to earn a spot on the roster because they were doping their way into the lineup. These are men who spit on tradition and history. Yet the best the MLB can do is 50 or 100 games? What’s their punishment? Take your millions that you earned through a vile manner and go to your beach house to work out with your private trainer for a few months? What a joke.
A person does not “accidentally” ingest or fall on to a syringe. Think about it…how many times has a stranger offered you a pill of some sort and you just took it? Imagine how more cautious you would be if millions of dollars were on the line. It doesn’t happen, especially for professional athletes who have dietitians, trainers, and chefs. Now, I am not so naive to believe players and scientists won’t try to out smart the system but as of now their risk is minimal. The process is simple: Take PED’s, Inflate your numbers, Sign A huge contract, get caught, go home for a few months, and return with huge contract intact. To solve the problem the punishment must be severe. It’s very simple, get caught using PED’s and you are done and your contract is immediately null and void.
I want to fix the problem and the only true method is enacting a ban of the culprit. If there has to be a 3 strikes policy then how about 1st Offense: 2 years and loss of all wages, 2nd Offense: 5 yrs and loss of all wages, and 3rd offense: lifetime ban with loss of MLB pension. The game of baseball has to wake up. This charade and decade of inaction has gone on long enough. Ban the cheaters before fans ban the game.