Re: MLB to begin testing for HGH this season
posted at 1/11/2013 5:44 AM EST
In response to ThatWasMe's comment:
In response to Beantowne's comment:
In response to ThatWasMe's comment:
This is a big step in the right direction.
Random unannounced blood tests during the season.
This makes it really difficult for the cheaters.
Whoever gets caught now is really just plain stupid.
If they truly want to rid the game of the use of steriods...it's pretty simple... 3 strikes and you're out.
Strike 1) Two year ban after first positve test, club has option of voiding contract. Player is not allowed to be affiliated with,play for, work out at or use the facilities of any team that has a working agreement with major league baseball for the duration of the suspension. if the player agrees to participate in a random testing program and maintains negative test for a period of 1 year he may then if not released by his club, use the clubs facilities and apply for reinstatement.
Strike 2) Two year ban. Contract is automatically voided, player becomes ineligable for Hall of fame consideration and all of their records and statistic are voided. The same conditions as above apply regarding use of facilities. However player must agree to random testing. After the completion of the second consecutive calendar year can apply for reinstatement. One positive test during the time period would result in a lifetime ban.
Strike 3) Lifetime ban...
Short of taking away the players ability to play the game and voiding thier contracts. Players like Melky Cabrera just signed with the Blue Jays and will make millions..Manny after signing his new deal with the Dodgers. tested positive and was suspended for 50 game....that year he netted 17 million...As long as the incentive to use outweighs the risk of the penalties. why would any of the players stop using...
2 year ban after one abuse would get some attention.
2 year ban is the standard used by the body that oversees the Olympics drug testing policies and it includes mandatory random blood and urine test. In part to insure that the athlete's are completely clean before they're allowed to apply for reinstatement. In the end it's about the money...In the industry that is sport, both professional and in the amatuer ranks with contracts and endorsements, where we're talkin millions of dollars. The quest to compete and fufill a lifetime dream for every athlete is unfortunately paved with choices and one of those is if and when they need to consult the sports medicine man...
What my proposal and all those that are currently in place neglect to address is the culture that creates the need for athletes to use. "keeping up with the Jones"...If your toiling away in the minors and the prevailing knowledge and perception is that a very high percentage of players are indeed using. Then logic suggest that in order to compete at the big league level and or just to be seen as a legit prospect. In an effort to even the playing field at somepoint the temptation to use outweighs the morality of. Then when it becomes so common place it becomes the norm, like taking your daily vitamins. We have what has transpired in MLB, International Cycling, Track and Field and the NFL and I'm sure many others that haven't gotton the amount of press and scrutiny as these organizations have...
Recently ESPN did a piece on Armstrong and pervasive use of blood doping in the sport. The story focused on the USA cylcing team and forgive but I forgot the guys name but one of his teammates on that team. Spoke to the brazen manner in which all teams worked together to masked the rampant blood doping in the sport. Even saying as much as Armstrong kept the stuff in his refrigerator in his home....The guy in the piece spoke to how he came to use and that it was highly recommended and administered to he and his teammates by the teams trainer. They'd often get their dose, in a "van" parked along the route of the Tour d' France. Each of them knowing exactly how much and how often to use the "masking agents" etc...Basically it came to use or lose not a hard choice if you spent a lifetime working hard to put yourself in position to compete at the highest level...