Originally Posted by Pony Boy
I wish that baseball would stiffen the penalty for PEDs. 50 games is a joke. If I were king the penalties would be:
First offense- 162 games, plus player is ineligible for the playoffs in any season that a suspension is served.
Second offense- lifetime ban.
I think you present a very harsh, albeit potentially necessary set of rules. Yet I feel that MLB has done a solid job with this already. The current process of disciplinary action when testing positive for PEDs includes the following:
First time offense: 50 games
Second time offense: 100 games
Third offense: lifetime ban from MLB
While I would rather see the second time offenders banned for an entire season (162 games), I feel that baseball has taken a nice approach with the three-strike system.
In regards to PED testing and disciplinary action, MLB has unquestionably taken the most dramatic measures of any professional sport.