Stiffer penalties for steroids? Sure, why not?
I can’t imagine anyone would object too strenuously if the owners and players agreed to go beyond the current penalties for steroid and other illegal drug use — 50 games for a first offense, 100 games for a second, a lifetime ban for a third.
I just wonder if harsher suspensions would be as much of a deterrent as some believe.
The current penalties seemed fairly robust when the sport implemented them in 2006, especially when compared with the previous suspensions — 10 days for a first offense, 30 days for a second, 60 for a third.
But now, in the wake of the sport’s latest eruption over performance-enhancing drugs, some contend that baseball’s discipline is not significant enough.
Who’s to say that we wouldn’t experience the same frustration with tougher penalties in a few years?
The enduring lesson of the steroid era is that no matter what kind of testing baseball adopts, no matter what kind of discipline it administers, certain players will continue to look for an illegal edge.
Cheaters gonna cheat, the kids might say.