Major League Baseball just handed down season-ending suspensions to 12 different players, as well as a 211-game suspension to Alex Rodriguez, but one MLB player believes the punishments were too light.
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis believes the only way for Major League Baseball to truly eliminate performance-enhancing drug use is to hand down harsher penalties, suggesting that first-time offenders serve a five-year suspension.
“No ifs, ands or buts about it,” Markakis said during an interview with The Baltimore Sun. “These guys are big boys; they can make decisions. If I go out there and rob a convenience store, I know the consequences that are coming with it. We are all adults here.”
The outfielder also went as far as saying he would “100 percent” support a proposal from MLB and the player’s union to give lifetime bans to anyone caught using PEDs. While Markakis says he is appreciative of the measures MLB has taken to eliminate PED use, he also says they could be doing more ...