Tougher Steroid Testing in MLB Not the Answer


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...

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