What Suspension Of Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun Means For The Future Of Baseball

By Brian Skinnell
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Who can we trust now in MLB? Who is real and who is fake?

Yesterday, news broke that Milwaukee BrewersRyan Braun had been suspended for the remainder of the season, 65 games without pay, for his ties to the Biogensis Lab that has reportedly supplied him and other MLB players with performance-enhancing drugs.

When it comes to how MLB handles players who have been found to be PED users, this a big step in the right direction.

Really, the best way for baseball to get rid of steroids is to get rid of the players that are found guilty of using them. While the Braun suspension is substantial compared to those of the past, it may not be enough to deter others from trying to use them.

Instead, a lifetime ban, having your name wiped from the record books and eliminating all chances at getting to Cooperstown should be the course of action MLB takes when disciplining other users of steroids.

As we now move forward with all eyes resting on New York YankeesAlex Rodriguez, the future of baseball is a bit bleak. While the action on field may be fun and exciting, we’re heading for a dark day where many of the players we cheer for and root for everyday could disappear or at the very least, be disrespected by some.

Unfortunately, some of today’s best players that may not necessarily be taking PEDs are going to have their numbers tarnished due to the threat of steroids possibly being in their system. They won’t even have to be taking them. The fact that other players put up numbers like them in the past and were found guilty of using PED’s will be enough to make everyone think twice when a player explodes with a big season.

It isn’t fair to the upcoming stars. Now players like Baltimore OriolesChris Davis, Washington NationalsBryce Harper and Los Angeles AnglesMike Trout may receive unfair doubt later on in their careers simply because of the era that they are playing in.

From now on, until MLB can prove that they are a steroid-free league, everything will be taken with a grain of salt. Whenever we see a hard-hitting slugger crushing 50-plus home runs in a season, no matter how hard we try, we will always have the thought in our head that that player could possibly be taking steroids.

Brian Skinnell is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter and add him to your network on Google.

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