Originally Posted by RedFanAlways1966
Do we really believe MLB would suspend players for 100 games and not have enough proof to do it? REALLY?!?
Think the "not as powerful as I used to be relative to drugs" Union wants to fan the flames of the U.S. gov't and have them get their noses into this again? Think again. They might be tough and powerful, but in no way do they want "others" investigating. This whole MLB, Union, etc gig pays well. Gotta know when to hold 'em, gotta know when to fold 'em. The Union leaders are not stupid. The crap has hit the fan. Game over (sorta). Blood samples will be next.
Nice to see MLB go from "the McGwire/Sosa charade" to this era. I will always be skeptical of MLB and their love/motive of money b/c of the past. But Canseco's book, Congress involvement, etc... it has changed the mindset of MLB and the Union leaders. There will still be cheaters and companies who try to stay one step ahead of the testing. But nice to see "the change".
How about one step further? For every 10 games you played with a suspended cheater on your 25-man roster... one win becomes a loss. Yep, start punishing the team. Go full force. Fans will be mad and front office types will be more selective about whom they pursue for their teams. No proof of when a player started doping? So what. If he is suspended right now (team has played 59 games), then the team has 5 wins turned into losses. If it happens in the off-season, then his team does not get penalized. A stretch? Sure, but keeps the game clean.
Agree with this post. You would think that after all that has come out in baseball and other sports in recent years, fans would stop acting surprised and even defending the athletes. Some fans are in denial.
If you are going to try to have a clean sport you owe it to the players who aren't cheating to punish the ones who are. Either they have to throw out all the rules and say "anything goes" or you have to try to regulate the game, catch cheaters, and at least create the threat that cheaters will get caught.
There are ways to catch cheaters. Random drug checks even in the off-season are effective. If they store blood samples for future testing, it creates the threat that even if you're using something that can't be detected now, it might be 5 years from now. That is how they caught Lance Armstrong; his 1999 blood sample showed EPO when tested several years later. There was no test for EPO in 1999.