Baseball and PEDs

Pete RoseThirteen suspensions later and the 2nd big wave of performance enhancing drugs is supposed to be over, right? I would not bet on it. Even though baseball has the harshest penalties going of any American based team sporting group, it just is not enough. Why wouldn’t any player that is on the edge of being great take a fifty game suspension for the big contract the following year?

In case you have not heard, there were thirteen suspension handed out recently by Major League Baseball. All but one of those were for a mere fifty game suspension, the other being over two hundred games for A-Rod, a special case by any standard. Not that I am saying this is what happened, but the fact that the other twelve players took the suspension suggests that this weighs into the calculations. Assume I am decent player. I use some PED to get my stats up for a year or two. I negotiate a HUGE salary before or after I am caught and serve my already noted penalty of fifty games – which is NOT even a third of the typical season these days.

If baseball wants to get tough and actually give a darn about the kind of message it is telling its fans and even the players, it needs to start banning for life on at least second offenses – for any drug use, PED or illicit otherwise. On first offenses there should be a minimum of a one full season penalty, if not more. I personally, lean toward a couple of years minimum for first offenses and any usage would go way down pretty darn quickly.

Think about it, Pete Rose is banned for life and will probably never get in the Hall of Fame for his gambling. It has sent a message that was originally sent back with the ‘Black Sox’ scandal. ‘Bet on baseball and you are out of baseball.’ You just do NOT see or hear much about that in general, because the rules are known and the penalty is stiff. Do the same thing with drugs and the problem, as well as the bad image, goes away.

4 Replies to “Baseball and PEDs”

  1. I get what you’re saying, I really do. I guess I’m a softy and think that’s so mean. But you’re right. If they did have harsher punishments a lot less people would be doing it. I think if they cut down the amount of games they play and cut down the innings to a 2 hour max that they’d probably cut down on the players’ need for enhancers. They push their bodies for so long and I’m sure it is hard to keep up and keep performing at your expected rate. I know there are tons of players that do without the aid of drugs and such, I just think it should be cut down anyway. It’d probably help some of them. There are those that will still use it and that’s where the strict consequences come in.

    1. I would be fine with the cutting down the number of games. I will have to point out though, that there used to be fewer games and a lot more double headers allowing for greater travel time and such. I would not want a time limit on the games to determine the outcome. Baseball has some spurts of action, but not a lot of constant up and down like say basketball. Games would be a LOT shorter if everyone up to bat did not have to get there extra 30 seconds of face on TV in between each pitch. Appreciate your insight into it though and thanks for the comment/visit to the blog.

  2. Clawbacks! Forget the suspensions or bans. Demand full restitution (and use that money for drug education- because the owners are in on this game) from the player involved for the season involved.

    1. Roy appreciate the comment. I agree with what you are saying and was trying to figure out how to include something like that in it. Granted, if you knew a date when it started you could do that and double down I think with the suspension time pay also going to the drug education pool – which gets the owners.

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