“One and Done” end to PEDs in baseball

Ryan Braun
Ryan Braun

The names are easy to remember…. Jesus, Gio, Nelson, ARod, and Braun. They are linked together in what has become the Watergate of baseball, “The Anthony Bosch notebooks”.

Now is the time for Bud Selig to act like a real baseball commissioner. The other three players that were implicated, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon and Yasmani Grandal, all took their punishment and each served a 50-game suspension.

Use the power of your position now Bud, and suspend Alex Rodriguez, Jesus MonteroNelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez, and Ryan Braun for the first 50 games of the 2013 season.

Then tell the world that baseball is done with wimpy suspensions.

From this day forth if you are caught with any banned substance you will be given the same ban the Olympics do. You will be banned for life.

Long ago there were “Eight Men Out” in the betting scandal of 1919, known as the Black Sox Scandal. Each of those players were banned for life from baseball even though a court had found them innocent.

The Commissioner of Baseball still has that power today. Instead of gambling, now it is PEDs trying to ruin our great game.

Kenesaw Mountain Landis
Kenesaw Mountain Landis

Bud please be like Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, and make a firm decision that will alter the game….

“Starting with the 2013 baseball season anyone caught using any banned product will be banned from this game for life.”

That ruling will make those who cheat, stop cheating.

One and you are done.

No more Steve Howe getting caught seven times.

No more three strikes and you are out.

One time and out will make you think twice.

Do you agree one and done would eliminate PED’s in baseball?

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  1. The problem I have with declarative statements like this is the following: the “proof” that we’ve seen so far is really circumstantial. Do you think these hand written notes would stand up in a court of law?

    Where’s the positive PED tests for the “new” guys like Gio and Cruz? Where’s the financial paper trail that proves that money changed hands? Why couldn’t one argue that Joe PED-manufacturer couldn’t just make up names in his notebooks? What if every name is just an alias for someone else?

    I’d have a really, really hard time suspending an athlete and costing him millions of dollars, affecting pennant races and depriving the teams of star players based on circumstantial evidence.

  2. How do you think Shoeless Joe Jackson felt. He batted .375 in the World Series, and was found innocent in a court of law, then he was banned for life in the sport

    The commissioner has power in baseball to do what is right. We know ARod, Braun and the others cheated. Just do what is right. Suspend them for 50 games, and the next guy is out for life

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