Here we go with another doping scandal in Major League Baseball. While Barry Bonds was once the face of scandal, more popular names are surfacing in this latest investigation.
According to ESPN and Yahoo! Sports, Anthony Bosch, owner of a Miami “wellness” clinic, Biogenesis, is now cooperating with the MLB and their investigation into Bosch’s services to more than a dozen players including Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera. The MLB believes Bosch sold and, at times, administered illegal performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) to these players. He also kept detailed records of his dealings.
According to ESPN, the MLB will target at least 20 players and will seek 100-game suspensions for some. It’s believed the player’s union will eventually get involved and some of the suspensions will be reduced. Melky Cabrera who was suspended for 50 games last season after testing positive for a synthetic testosterone still gets booed by fans. He’s since apologized and, while his game and numbers may be tainted, he’s still making money. Right now he’s working on a two-year, $16-million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Even still, Cabrera sadly remembers the events of last year:
“They are good teammates, good people here,” Cabrera said. “It was real hard what happened last year. I regret what happened last year.”
His lips tightened and his eyes darkened.
“It was tough telling my family what happened,” he said. “Especially my family.”
Perhaps, but $16 million is one heck of a way to say ‘you’re forgiven’.
So what can the MLB do? It seems the suspensions don’t work. Eliminating the opportunity to enter the MLB Hall of Fame doesn’t seem to be a deterrent either. Perhaps barring them from the league all-together is the answer. It seems harsh, but there doesn’t seem to be anything that puts enough fear in the hearts and minds of these players to prevent them from going to a pseudo-doctor in a strip mall for “wellness” services.
Of course, there are more issues related to doping. The big contracts, celebrity, notoriety and the dynamics of competition all play a role in why players take the risk, which starts well before these players get to the pro level. At this rate, there will be few, if any who’s auspicious stats and record won’t come under a cloud of suspicion.
And fewer still, who’ll be eligible for the baseball Hall of Fame.
What can the MLB do? What do you think?
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