I was having a Reds/Cards discussion yesterday with a buddy that took a turn into a much more interesting conversation. We were talking about how awesome of a surprise Ludwick has been this season and how he has really carried the Reds with Votto being out. I made a sarcastic comment that he is probably on the juice (it was a joke, not an accusation by any means), which turned into a conversation about whether or not teams should get punished for players P.E.D. use.
Think about it, if a team like the Reds is in the playoff chase, loses their star player, and out of nowhere a nobody or somewhat of a has been busts out and carries the offesne, gets busted for P.E.Ds, the star player comes back, the team sails into the playoffs. Or a team like the Giants is being carried by a has been who is hitting .350 out of nowhere, and the guy is busted for PEDs.
It is hard to say the team would have been as good with the PED guy carrying the offensive load than without it.
This leads me to the question: Should teams also get punished when playing with players busted of using PEDs?
I tend to think they should, because the team as a whole is getting an unfair advantage over other teams and possibly in the standings. And teams should do a little more due diligence when a 39 year old fat Bartolo Colon, who is still fat, is having his best season since 2005. However, the method of punishing teams would be hard to determine. Maybe just a nice fine would suffice.
What are your thoughts?