After reading the breaking news line on ESPN and reading this, I know it isn’t official yet, but I think it’s easy to see that the hammer is about to fall on the players who are associated with the Biogenesis steroid scandal. In particular, Alex Rodriguez may be banned until the start of the 2015 Major League Baseball season. Rodriguez, who is working to make his return to the New York Yankees lineup from the hip surgery that has sidelined him all season, may be healthy enough to play, but will probably not be allowed to play due to the ban that will, according to this report, will be issued on Monday.
Here are my thoughts to this whole thing: Ok, so Bud Selig will get the suspensions he wanted out of all of this (especially the bigger names like Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun), but there has got to be a plan put into place to drastically deter other players from using performance enhancing drugs and teach young children who are baseball players themselves (who are the future of the sport) that using steroids are not the answer to become a better player. The same could be said to other sports around the world, but it seems that baseball is more associated with the use of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs), thanks in part to the big name athletes in the 90’s who were accused or were found using steroids. And I remember Bud Selig, who was initially supposed to retire from his position as Commissioner of Major League Baseball back in 2006 (I think) was quoted saying that this is the ‘Golden Age of Baseball’. And he is still saying that http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/bud-selig-baseball-enjoying-golden-era-94197.html. Are you kidding me Bud? Ok, I’ll give you the point that thanks to enhanced drug tests and other screenings to catch potential users is a good thing for the sport, but to say that this is a ‘golden era’ of baseball is ridiculous. Thanks to the steroid users of the 90’s, 2000’s and with the Biogenesis scandal being in 2013, that now makes it three decades of known steroid use, which would probably be labeled the ‘steroid era’ before it is called the ‘golden era’.
Will there be a day where all athletes are clean of PEDs and are honest about living a clean life when it comes to PEDs? One would hope for that, but in a day where athletes will do just about anything to get a big money contract, I don’t think that PEDs will go away. The punishment needs to be severe to a point that it will scare players away from using them.
——-Additional thoughts on Monday August 5th, 2013——
So now that the suspensions have been handed out (12 players given a 50 game suspension), Ryan Braun accepted a 65 game suspension, all of which affect this year’s baseball season. But what gets me is that Alex Rodriguez is appealing his suspension, which will bleed into next year’s season. By him appealing, yes he’ll get his due process; however, he has a slim chance of winning his appeal with the evidence against him on this scandal. And yeah, he’ll be able to play with the Yankees until the appeal process finishes, but to me, he is delaying the inevitable. If commissioner Bud Selig wanted this whole circus to be done with so everyone can focus on the home stretch of the regular season, he should have had the suspension fall under the ‘best interest of baseball’, which wouldn’t have allowed Rodriguez to appeal his suspension. Instead, he placed the suspension under the ‘illegal substance use’ category, which is why this scandal is being drawn out more then it needs to be.