MLB Looks To Suspend A-Rod, Braun And Others
As I watched the Oakland/Milwaukee game last night, I watched as the Brewer`s right fielder Ryan Braun step up to the plate, look back at the umpire, and had a laugh. I couldn’t help but think to myself, boy this kid has no idea what is going to happen to his life in two weeks.
By now you have probably heard the whisperings. The MLB is looking to suspend 20 of its players connected to a Miami clinic named Biogensis. These aren`t just your average players, these are guys that are household names. Ryan Braun, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez, Jhonny Peralta, and Alex Rodriguez are all names that are on the newly adapted black list. This list has been in construction for some time, but until Tony Bosch, who is the former owner of Biogenesis, agreed to share information this list was a mere fantasy team. With Bosch involved, we have a whole new ball game that turns that fantasy team into a heavily suspended team.
This is the same Bosch who relentlessly denied such accusations against his company these past few years. But the attitude changed when the MLB cut him a deal he couldn`t refuse.
[quote]”In exchange for Bosch’s full cooperation, sources said, Major League Baseball will drop the lawsuit it filed against Bosch in March, indemnify him for any liability arising from his cooperation, provide personal security for him and even put in a good word with any law enforcement agency that might bring charges against him. Sources said negotiations over the agreement, which lasted several weeks, stalled over the last point, as Bosch wanted the strongest assurances he could get that MLB would help mitigate any prosecution.”[/quote]
So a multi-millionaire cuts a deal with another multi-billion dollar corporation and screws over his clients….. yawn. But the significance of what this could do to the integrity of baseball is catastrophic.
When I first heard the reports, I heard the word banned. Banned, as in Pete Rose and Joe Jackson status, as in goodbye forever. Then I saw the list that was attached to the word banned. This was big, this was very big. Then I started to hear the word suspended with the number 100. What?!?! Suspension for less than a season concerning the biggest case since 1919?? Excuse me while I go into rant mode.
The first major league player I ever met was Pete Rose in Las Vegas, ironically enough. He was a angry, washed up, bitter old man signing autographs to pay for attorneys so he could get back into the baseball world. I remember my dad explaining Pete`s story to me and my confusion of why he was banned from baseball for life. Well son, he broke the rules that he agreed to, my father said. Rather harsh I thought and I moved on with my life.
The older I grew the more I understood why the MLB has been so harsh on rule breakers in the past. The slightest tainted variable will alter the entire game completely. You have a crooked pitcher, an umpire, or cleanup hitter you will find the trust of the game tainted, as I wrote about earlier. So when I see a situation that involves several people heavily tainting the game by using illegal substances over a period of time, excuse me if I want the boom to come down. Baseball needs to make a statement, like it has before, and let the other 1000 baseball players know that the performance enhancing era is over.
Unfortunately, we have Bud Selig as our silent pope. The man who watched Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, and Sammy Sosa juice themselves into the hall of fame, who twiddles his thumbs while MLB team owners run teams into the ground, and who cancelled the World Series for the first time since 1904. I do not think Bud can turn a blind eye to this situation completely, but I have a hard time believing that Bud will find the manhood to hand some death penalties to big names.My man Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the first commish of baseball and the only man who has the middle name of Mountain, said it best. “The only thing in anybody’s mind now is to make baseball what the millions of fans throughout the United States want it to be.”
Do we want baseball to be a game where only the juicers and harmful substance abusers exist? Will the time come that I will have to tell my 17 year old son that in order to play the next level of baseball he will have to start taking harmful substances? Will the real American heroes be mere shades of who they really are? What happened to the Ted Williams, Connie Macks, Jackie Robinsons, and Honus Wagners? Do we forget what baseball used to be? Young boys lining up on wood fences to get a peek at a pin-striped player, Pittsburgh coal workers running to a tryout so that they could get out of the mines, or even the patriotism of superstars who were willing to serve our country in world war two. If Bud Selig does not make a very sharp turn in the right direction we will see the MLB called out on strikes looking.