Lack of Appropriate PED Suspensions Proves MLB is Softer Than Ever

It was just a matter of time before MLB purged itself of the “cheaters.” However, ridding Performance Enhancing Drugs from the game of baseball is an uphill battle to say the least. These multiple suspensions are a step in the right direction, but they also open up a can of worms for MLB commissioner Bud Selig and company.

August 5th, 2013 is a date that baseball fans won’t soon forget. In fact, it might be the most important day in modern-day MLB history as a dozen players were suspended for 50 games:

Jhonny Peralta
Nelson Cruz
Francisco Cervelli
Everth Cabrera
Antonio Bastardo
Jesus Montero
Jordany Valdespin
Cesar Puello
Fautino De Los Santos
Fernando Martinez
Sergio Escalona
Jordan Norberto

It’s interesting to see just how crooked the game really is. How troubling is it that a guy like Nelson Cruz — fourth in MLB in home runs (27) –was cheating the entire season, yet was responsible for putting the Texas Rangers in the playoff hunt?

However, Cruz’s two All-Star appearances are nothing compared to Alex Rodriguez‘s resume, which features 14 All-Star games and three AL MVPs. Not to mention, A-Rod has admitted to using PEDs as early as 2001, so he could very well have been cheating through his entire career. Not to mention, the New York Yankees would not have won the 2009 World Series if not for A-Rod, who smashed six home runs and drove in 18 runs that postseason.

The game of baseball is a lot of things, but clean isn’t one of them.

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