Every time I hear a story about steroids I cringe.
It’s not because the sport of baseball is tainted.
It’s not because sports in general might be tainted.
It’s not even because awards and records might be tainted.
I am so sick of hearing people act like each individual steroid conviction is the most important one to date. Fans, media members, your grandfather, and everyone else following this story are once again overreacting to something baseball refuses to take a hard stance on.
Who cares if Ryan Braun was suspended for the rest of a season to which the Brewers are already done?
Weren’t the cases of Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, and Roger Clemens more significant?
Wasn’t the Mitchell Report enough to make you understand that steroids in baseball is far too big for the league to truly clean up?
Yet, here we are with most of you screaming at the top of your lungs for something to be done…again.
Don’t you understand that baseball doesn’t care?
Nelson Cruz might be one of the next players to be suspended. He’ll get his 50 games. He’ll be back for the end of the regular season and the playoffs. He’ll then enter free agency and get a mega-deal from some team that will look beyond the steroids and see a power bat that can hit a lot of homeruns. Why wouldn’t they? The teams in baseball face a far less penalty than the players that get caught, and that’s hard to do.
Melky Cabrera signed a 2-year $16 million deal with the Blue Jays just months after serving a 50 game suspension for PEDs.
Manny Ramirez is getting another chance with the Texas Rangers.
The Brewers get to keep the money that Ryan Braun will not be paid during his suspension!
The teams face absolutely no penalty for continuing to employ and give chances to these cheaters, so why call them cheaters?
This is why I say baseball should just announce that PEDs are legal. Deep down, Major League Baseball does not want PEDs out of the game. They are showing us this by their actions, or lack there of. The players face little punishment for the mega-millions that they earn in GUARANTEED contracts they receive because of their use of PEDs. The teams keep signing them.
Yet, the fans still bitch and moan. “Baseball needs to be fixed,” they say. Maybe baseball doesn’t want to be fixed.
Ryan Braun getting suspended for the rest of this season is not surprising. It’s actually a joke.
If Alex Rodriguez gets banned from baseball will it help? Sure, but it won’t magically fix everything.
There will always be PEDs in baseball as long as mega-money guaranteed deals continue to be given to the best players in the game.
It’s a race. The players will continue to use PEDs in hope of getting to the massive guaranteed contract before facing the consequences. With these consequences, it’s a risk worth taking!
Until baseball proves they care about this, I plead with you to stop overreacting every time a baseball player is accused of taking steroids. Your overreaction will not fix anything. Baseball has heard it and their actions prove they don’t care.
The best thing you can do is sit back, relax, and see how long the homeruns continue to fly as players continue to get bigger and stronger with each year that passes.
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