Monday, August 5, 2013

Too Little, Too Late

The MLB took a big step in combating PED use within the sport by handing out suspensions to 13 players today, forcing those associated with the latest BioGenesis scandal to pay the piper.

Not surprisingly, Alex Rodriguez was the only player not to accept his suspension. He's appealing, and will thus get a chance to spark the fourth-place Yankees into the postseason. Hope he owns a good pair of earplug, because he's going to be the target of some vicious booing over the next two months. His "nightmare" is only going to get worse.

But as good as it feels to see Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, and others go down in flames/get what they deserve, it's too late. Where were these suspensions ten years ago, when Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds were re-writing the record books? Testing has, for the most part, cleaned up the game in recent years. Selig can pat himself on the back all he wants, but no amount of suspensions will ever erase the damage that was done during the late 90's and early 00's.

It's good that baseball is taking such an aggressive stance against PED use. If only they'd been 20 years sooner....

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