Originally Posted by UrbanMeyer
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.
I see no basis in a 3 strike system. The league continually stresses the importance of purity in the game, and there is a huge dark cloud over the steroid era (that apparently is ever-present). However, they do not reflect his same sentiment with the current set of rules. Fifty games is a joke.
If they want to crack down I agree with what was mentioned above.
1st offense = 162 games (including playoff games for the season the offense was committed).
2nd offense = lifetime ban from baseball + no HOF ballot
I understand some players may accidentally/unknowingly use a PED, in that case, the consequences are harsh, BUT I think they are getting paid well enough to be hypercritical and hyper-vigilant of what they are putting into their bodies. It's not too much to ask. If they can't accept and follow the rules then they will pay these consequences. Heck, if these were the current set of rules, A-Rod would be done for...