Re: Ryan Braun busted again?
I can see where you're coming from, JB12. However we are not far removed from the steroid era. An aggressive approach like this may be counterproductive. While the two-strike system that you and Pony Boy endorse would undeniably be harsh and effective, one must think of the banishments that would be occurring and the effect that it may have on the game.
Do you think it'd good for MLB to ban players from the game for a second offense? How would the MLBPA react to numerous banishments per season (which is what very well could happen)? Would it be fair to someone to get banished off a potential accident? What if this happened down the road to a Reds player? That is, an accidental second time offense. I have a feeling opinions may change.
Guys who get tested positive a second time are already 'banned' in a sense. Baseball writers are not going to vote for somebody they feel cheated several times anyway. While it is far too early to speculate, I cannot imagine a scenario now where A-Rod gets inducted to the Hall of Fame.
It really comes down to a matter of preference. If you feel the game would be better off by banning countless guys for second time offenses, then you'd like a two-strike system.
I just feel that would be too aggressive. With the amount of supplements on the banned substances list, there are bound to be legitimate accidents. I would hate to see a situation where an athlete received a lifetime banishment for an honest mistake.