Five Changes That Should be Made in the MLB: #4

22 06 2010

4. Monthly Testing (especially within the Yankees organization)

Okay, this whole steroids thing is old news and seems to be contained for now, or, until Alex Rodriguez makes an appearance on 60 Minutes and confesses he used PEDs during the Yankees World Series run in 2009, but it’s still an issue that tainted the game of baseball and stole a lot of the sport’s credibility.

Many believe in the saying “once a cheater, always a cheater”. Rodriguez is a repeat offender and has had zero punishment over his actions. There’s two reasons for this. Either Bud Selig spins it as “something that happened in the past” and therefore you can’t punish someone for it, or, this is another case of the MLB commissioner catering to the Yankees organization.

Hey, don’t Olympic athletes who get caught using PEDs get their medals stripped from them and some sort of ban, regardless of when they’re caught? Hmm. Hey, that would mean A-Roid would have to vacate his American League MVP he won in 2003; a season where he used banned substances and cheated.

It just seems that every other year A-Roid comes clean about another time in his life when he used steroids. If the dude was using them as far back as 17 years old, then what are the chances he’s not taking them now? I mean, come on, he’s a New York Yankee and has that Yankee mentality that he’s above the rules. He’s above the game. He’s a “God”

Whatever.

Solution?

Every player in the MLB should be tested for steroids at random on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.

Forget the 10-game ban for a first time offender. No. None of this slap on the wrist bullshit. If a player tests positive for PEDs then said player would receive a straight 81 game suspension. Yeah. Half the season riding the pine. Second offense, you’re kicked out of the league. End of story.

Daviz Ortiz, Andy Pettitte, Miguel Tejada, Manny Ramirez, Eric Gagne, and Troy Glaus… there will be no escape. Keep it clean boys.

If players who have been caught using steroids somehow make it to the Hall of Fame, then their plaque should have an astrix on it with the year they were caught. Extreme? Yeah. Do I care? No, and neither should you.

If these players are going to cheat, then people have the right to know. If these players don’t want their plaques “tainted” with the mark of the astrix then they should think twice about tainting the name of baseball by using steroids.

For God’s sake, these players are supposed to be role models for kids.

On a seperate and related note, if you actually look at the Mitchell Report and read all the names of those who tested positive for using a banned substance, many of these players at one point in their careers played for the New York Yankees.

Yep. Just sayin’

The last thing that needs to be done is have St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols sent to be studied by 20 of the world’s best doctors to ensure that he is in fact a human being and not some form of cyborg android Terminator-like entity. I think we all need closure on this topic, and this is the only way we can get it.

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Picks for Tuesday June 22, 2010

22 06 2010

5- Star Picks for Tuesday June 22, 2010

Argentina

Texas Rangers

San Francisco Giants

Atlanta Braves

New York Yankees


Doggin’ it Pick

Toronto Blue Jays


NCAA CWS Picks

Arizona State

Oklahoma