The governing body of MLB should be ashamed and embarrassed with how they have handled the Biogensis case. They had a golden opportunity to make a landmark statement in the fight against steroids, and they spoiled it.
While I’ll admit it’s a start, it’s a weak and slow one. 50-game suspensions will affect a players team and stats for that season, but it’s not enough to send a message to that player and the league that steroids will not be tolerated. A 50-game suspension is nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
Take Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, for example. Cruz will still have the opportunity to play again this season. If the Rangers can make the playoffs, Cruz could serve his suspension and return in time for their playoff run. Even more so, Cruz will be able to put this mess behind him before he becomes a free agent at season’s end.
How about Milwaukee Brewers‘ Ryan Braun? He now has to sit out the rest of the season and lose this year’s pay. But he will still get to suit up again in 2014 to play baseball, and will make millions of dollars doing it. MLB has done nothing more than sat him in the corner so he can think abut what he’s done.
It’s bush-league, and commissioner Bud Selig should be publicly criticized for allowing this to happen.
All they’ve done is made themselves look weak when disciplining it’s own players. They are willing to make a deal with players and are essentially saying that if they don’t fight them in an appeal, they’ll go easy and give them a mere slap on the wrist. Are you kidding?
There was only one way to properly handle this case and that is a no-nonsense, non-negotiable approach. If a player is or was caught using PEDs, a life-time ban, wiping their names clean from the record books and eliminating any and all chances at getting to the Hall of Fame is a necessary and proper punishment.
This time next year, nobody will remember that those players were suspended and they’ll still be big pieces of their respective ball clubs. Fans will still buy tickets, wear those players’ jerseys and life will go on as if nothing ever happened.
Baseball blew it. If Bud Selig wants to clean up the filthy game of baseball, he’ll have to take out the trash that is tarnishing America’s beloved pastime.