MLB needs to follow NPB PED rules: One year for first offense

If MLB wants to clean up drugs in their sport, more effectively than all the other sports in America, maybe they should follow the PED rules that are now enforced in the NPB, Nippon Professional Baseball.


Over in Asia, the rules state you get one year for your first offense. Drug testing began in Japanese baseball in 2005, and the first guy that tested positive was Rick Guttormson, who got 20 days for testing positive for a hair growing substance in 2007.

The second failed test was in 2008 by former MLB player Luis Gonzalez. His punishment was a one year ban. They really stiffened up their penalty from 2007 to 2008. The next one was another former MLB player, Danny Rios, and he also was banned for a year in 2008.

In each case, the team that had the cheater, dropped them from the roster immediately.

MLB could follow NPB and ban all cheaters for one full season for the first offense.

We should also implement the next rule that the team that had the cheater, also forfeits one player from their roster for that whole year as well.

Individual trainers should be banned in the game. Everything that goes into a player’s body needs to go through the medical department of the team, and league combined.

Think of the players in this disgraced period of our game. Bonds, Manny, and ARod were all nothing but a bunch of Lance Armstrong’s.

They weren’t that great, they just cheated.

Roger Maris_61 is still 61We need a Commissioner that has some balls. Take those numbers out of the record book and put Roger Maris back on top. 61 should be number one, not number seven as now listed.

Take all those frauds out of the record books, because they do not belong with Aaron, Ruth, and Mays.

Baseball is the only sport that cares about records and numbers.

If I was Commissioner here are the rules I would enforce.

1.  A one year ban from MLB for a first PED offense, with the team also forfeiting a player off their roster for that time.

Second offense is a lifetime ban.

2.  All personal trainers are banned.

3.  All home run records by the following players are eliminated from all MLB records. Barry BondsAlex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Manny Ramirez, and Rafael Palmeiro.

All pitching records from Roger Clemens are also erased from the records.

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Rick Swanson has been an online feature writer for numerous websites since 2005. He was also a speaker at Boston SABR meetings from 2007-2009. Rick has created three statistics for baseball.... Reaction over Range: A new way to measure defense. Divide reaction time of any play, by the range distance. Umpire Strikezone Score: Take the total number of correct pitches called, divided by the total number of pitches called. Power Pitching: Add WHIP plus ERA and subtract the number of strikeouts per inning. Rick's current title is Consultant, Red Sox and Fenway Park History. In 2007, he was nominated for President of Red Sox Nation by Red Sox team president, Larry Lucchino. You can email Rick here: rickswanson AT cox DOT net

1 Comment

  1. Interesting take on the subject of numbers in MLB. However, please take a look at Hank Aaron’s age 39 season. I’m not suggesting PED use but it is very suspicious considering his teammate was pitcher, Tom House, an admitted steroids user in the 1970s.

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