If you haven't heard the latest, a Miami clinic has been named from an investigation by MLB and the federal government in supplying PEDs to current MLB players as recently as this past season. Some of the players named are no big surprises such as Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera. But there is a couple new names mentioned with PEDs, Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz and Washington Nationals' Gio Gonzalez. Rodriguez is named the most among the findings. Here is a link to the complete article: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2013-01-31/news/a-rod-and-doping-a-miami-clinic-supplies-drugs-to-sports-biggest-names/
Now is the time for MLB to make a stand and implement a new punishment system for those who have been found guilty of using PEDs. Obviously the current punishment of 50 games after the first positive test, 100 games after 2nd and lifetime ban after the third is not strict enough. I suggest something much harsher. I don't think a season long suspension after one positive test and a lifetime ban after the second is a big enough deterrent. If these individual players chose to set themselves apart from their team, they should be punished with suspensions/bans in terms of games and with individual glory and accolades.
If they decided use PEDs in order to have a longer career and make more money, that is all they should get out of the game. They should not be rewarded for any individual honors. Hall of Fame? not a chance. I would not stop there. The guilty should no longer to be allowed to win any seasonal honors too. Cy Young, MVP, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger - all forbidden. I am not talking about the one season they are caught, be ineligible for any individual honor for the rest of their careers. All Star game? If we are celebrating the game's best and a player has cheated his way there, he shouldn't be celebrated.
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Commissioner Bud Selig could leave a lasting legacy on the game in implementing a very strict PED punishment system. He would also set a new standard for all sports in terms of punishment, so any future player would have to think long and hard about using.