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