Well there has been a steroids hunt by the MLB, deals done with Biogenesis boss Anthony Bosch to get his records and now MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has said suspensions are pending.
Ryan Braun has already been suspended for 65 games and A-Rod is rumoured to be next.
It seems the evidence is against him and the only issue right now is how long his suspension will be.
Baseball and drugs have a long history and until recently the MLBPA didn’t endorse drug testing for players.
Now they are onside with drug testing but no one is pretending there hasn’t been drug taking in the past which was overlooked. So what’s the answer? Draw a line in the sand and say no more from now on and be strict about it? Or create a huge fuss, suspend players who can be proven to have taken drugs since 2000 and make it clear that drug taking will not be tolerated anymore, anywhere, anytime? It’s clear it’s the second option that’s being followed. But there is a case for saying that is unfair.
There are complex reasons why people take drugs, not the least of which is wanting to be able to perform for their team and their fans. No it’s not right, it definitely should be stopped but let’s not forget that this current flurry of righteousness has a been a long, long time coming and while there may be no alternative to outing the current batch of drug cheats as a way of headlining how unacceptable it is, let’s not make out that the guys being suspended now are some kind of alien species. It’s being going on for along time folks with the MLB looking the other way. LIKE being fair in sport.