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Players are to blame for dirty national pastime

Published 10:26am Friday, July 26, 2013

Ryan Braun was suspended from baseball for the last 65 games of the Milwaukee Brewers’ regular season.
He also forfeits $3.25 million,  which amounts to the rest of his 2013 contract.
That amounts to a 3% pay cut.
That only leaves him $101.75 million left on his extension he recently signed with the Brewers.
That is his punishment for getting illegally big.
Poor baby, he should throw a pity-party in his own name.
Braun was suspended, but he can return next season.
Braun lied to everyone about PED use two years ago, and now he gets what really amounts to a season ending injury.
This guy tested positive two years ago but used a legal loophole to escape suspension.
His team is 19 games out of first place.
If a player playing for your favorite team appears to be playing too big to be real or all of a sudden he is playing too good to be true, it is now fair to question if he is on the juice.
If someone on your favorite team is struggling this season after putting up huge power numbers, it would probably be an even-money bet he is suddenly off the steroids.
Sammy Sosa comes to mind a few years ago.
Let’s face the facts here – baseball is in “steroid hell,” and there is no light at the end of the tunnel.
Last season, Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon was suspended 50 games.
He is 13-3 this season. Hello!
Ex-Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera was also suspended 50 games last season, then he signed a $16 million contract with Toronto.
Man, those penalties were a real deterrent.
All eyes are should be focused on what happens with Yankees third-baseman Alex Rodriguez and the Biogenesis scandal.
Baseball has an overwhelming amount of evidence that Rodriguez used steroids for multiple years and was heavily involved with the South Florida anti-aging clinic.
There are questions whether he lied, or obstructed the investigation.
It is clear that the Yankees do not want him back.
I will predict right now that Alex Rodriguez will be banned from baseball.
His baseball records will be tossed out, and that should send a message to any player who feels he can cheat the game.
As far as some of the past steroid user names are concerned, the records of Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco and Rafael Palmeiro should be stricken from the baseball record books.
McGwire is the current Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach.
McGwire broke Roger Maris’s single-season homerun record in 1998 while using steroids.
He came clean to Major League Baseball in 2010 and admitted using steroids on and off during the 1990s.
If Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig really wants to send a message to the baseball world, he will give Alex Rodriguez a career ending ejection from baseball.
Anything less than that will not do.
Well, “Tell it like it is” will make this reall simple, even for the most simple-minded reader who for any reason feels you can cheat, as long as you don’t get caught.
Major League Baseball has no one to blame but themselves.
I would also include the Major League Baseball Players’ Association in this blame game.
The players themselves must accept responsibility for what is going on.
They (the clean players) can demand tougher penalties.
Until then, all questions and assumptions are fair.
Until the players themselves take control and clean up their game, every player who slips on a major league uniform will be open to scrutiny.
Until next time…
Meyers is a sports columnist for The Outlook. You can follow him on Twitter at @brucemeyers11.

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