There is a lot of talk surrounding the recent suspensions of 12 players who were involved with the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic. New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was one of those players suspended, but chose to appeal and is now currently playing. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout wants the league to throw the hammer down on performance-enhancing drug users.
Talking to WFAN in New York Monday morning, Trout said that anyone caught juicing should be banned for life.
“To me, personally, I think you should be out of the game if you get caught … It takes away from the guys that are working hard every day and doing it all-natural.”
His anger is warranted. Pete Rose was not allowed into the Hall of Fame by A. Bartlett Giamatti after it was discovered that baseball’s all-time hit king bet on the game, leaving a black mark on the game and his career. The same thing happened when ‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson was not allowed into the Hall when his teammates were involved in a betting scandal.
These players that used PEDs have left a black eye on baseball, and commissioner Bud Selig should use all of his power to suspend these guys indefinitely to maintain the sanctity of the game. The reigning American League Rookie of the Year is producing another great season, batting .330/.425/.572 with 20 home runs and 73 RBIs.