It’s going to be a trying time for a lot of the 12 players, including Nelson Cruz (pictured above), that got 50 game suspensions from MLB, which is the policy according to the collective bargaining agreement.
If their respective agents were smart they would talk to the best public relations firm in the world and apologize to the fans of baseball and be open and honest about it all including the drug they used and why they did. The sporting world is big on giving athletes a second chance. That being said, this might be tougher since this group of players will be forever linked to an agency that Alex Rodriguez used and it might tarnish their names and reputations forever.
Then there are the other two, Ryan Braun and the aforementioned A-Rod. These two will never have a good name in baseball again since they are such huge stars and kids looked up to these guys much more than the other 12. Also, this isn’t their first rodeo with talks about performance enhancing drugs being linked to their playing careers. At best these two guys, when and if they return to baseball, will get the loudest boos in any stadium league wide including their home stadium.
All and all, it’ll be interesting to see what happens with this group of players that will miss the rest of 2013, or in A-Rod’s case 2014. Most will have a drop in their personal statistics, however, in the long run this helps clean up baseball as a whole.