Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles entered the All-Star break with 37 home runs, tied for most in American League history at that juncture.
Davis is using PEDs.
Davis denies it. But he hit 33 homers over the entirety of last season. Never more than 21 before that. Davis, 27, has been bench material for much of his career.
Now, suddenly, he’s Babe Ruth? It doesn’t add up.
Davis is on steroids. HGH. Designer PEDs. Whatever. That’s the assumption.
That’s Davis’ problem. And MLB’s fault.
Baseball just can’t let it go. Can’t turn a blind eye like the NFL so obviously does, and much to football’s benefit. MLB hasn’t cleaned up its game. It negated an entire era of its history and has since lived under a cloud of suspicion.
The cloud grows larger. More toxic. The Biogenesis investigation could put three All-Stars on the suspended list by week’s end. Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez, too. After that, it will be something else. Baseball keeps picking at its scab.
To what good end? You won’t ever eliminate PEDs.
But here’s your best bet.
If a player is found guilty of using PEDs, forfeit every game that player participated in during the season he tested red. The current system of punishment only penalizes the player. Fining clubs wouldn’t matter. MLB has a bottomless pit of money.
Forfeit games. Forfeit championships. Turn up the peer pressure.
Peer pressure in a baseball clubhouse dictates that everyone pull the same rope. Everyone does what’s necessary to win. MLB needs to use that peer pressure.
Or better yet, bury their heads in the sand at long last. That’s not always a bad strategy. It worked fine in 1998.
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