Over the past 24 hours, there has been a lot of news about PED, punishments, and suspensions. On Monday July 22, MLB suspended the first Anthony Bosch patient, Ryan Braun. After recovering dozens of articles of evidence, Ryan Braun was suspended 65 games, which is the rest of the season. Many people may wonder how Braun was suspended 65 games, even though the MLB states that PED punishments are 50, 100, and life ban. However, if a player never officially fails a drug test, but if there is enough evidence, Bud Selig may suspend a play for any number of games. Reports from different networks are reporting that the MLB wants to ban Alex Rodriguez for life. Although the Yankees would want this to occur, Rodriguez will probably reach a deal similar to Braun’s deal. I would not expect A-Rod to play this season and probably most of the next year because he is constantly injured and the suspension that is looming.
Ryan Braun’s suspension is a giant step forward for the MLB’s attempt to clean the sport and rid PEDs from the game. Since Ryan Braun accepted his suspension, Anthony Bosch is instantly deemed a credible source because the public knows he did not lie about Braun. Players who will be punished cannot go to court and discredit Anthony Bosch. Over the next couple of days, expect players such as Nelson Cruz, Bartolo Colon, and Alex Rodriguez to be suspend for their involvement with Bosch. Although some players may appeal the suspension, they only will appeal so that they can continue playing baseball this season and help their teams reach the playoffs and win a championship. Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez will be the first MVP ever to be suspended by MLB for their involvement with PEDs. Although this currently leaves a black eye on MLB, it is in the best interest of the sport if the cheaters are banished from the game of baseball. Unlike football, baseball is a more civilized sport and players who test positive for PEDs are subject to more humiliation and punishment.
MLB actions hopefully will preclude major league players from taking steroids and cheating the game. As the punishments and humiliation increase, players will think twice before taking these illegal substances. Although players are willing to take steroids after they were punished, Colon and Cabrera, the increased awareness and threats will eventually change the game forever. During the next CBA agreements, the Players Union and the Owners may agree on a contract that will allow teams to cut players who cheat the game. For the first time, the Players Union are supporting Bud Selig and the suspension that he gave Braun, although he did not fail a test. The cooperation between the Players Union and the owners may make players fear the consequences and stop taking the PEDs. Along with Selig, the players’ peers want the game to be clean and fair for all the players. Recently, players such as Matt Kemp have expressed their discontent with players who cheat the game. As seen in the NLDS two years ago, if Braun was suspended and could not play during the series, the Diamondbacks probably would have won the series, since Braun went 9-18. The pressure brought on by the players will keep some players from cheating, although they may earn more money. Along with losing money from suspension, many players who become suspended will lose a lot of endorsement dollars like Braun and Rodriguez. Unlike other sports, baseball is attempting to totally rid the game of cheating and drugs with the help of the players, Player’s Union, and owners.
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