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Should MLB Players Get Banned From The League Immediately For Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs?

Submitted by on August 13, 2013 – 10:07 amOne Comment

For the better part of the last week or so, there’s been a lot of talk about how Major League Baseball should handle players who violate the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. As it stands now, players get suspended for 50 games after their first violation and 100 games for their second violation. Harsh? Sure. But not so harsh that players have completely stopped using PEDs. More than a dozen of them have been suspended for 50 games or more in the last month.

With that in mind, Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has come up with a solution for baseball’s PED problem. He thinks that if a players test positive for using PEDs, he should be banned from baseball for life. Yes, for life. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

“To me personally, I think you should be out of the game if you get caught,” he said. “It takes away from the guys that are working hard every day and doing it all-natural…Some people are just trying to find that extra edge. It’s tough as a guy that goes out there and plays hard every day and puts 110 percent effort [in] every time. And then you wake up the next day and you see there’s a list of guys that are, you know, on the list. It’s good that MLB caught them and they are moving in the right direction with suspensions and stuff.”

Good? Yes. But without the threat of some sort of lifetime ban, there are always going to be players who try to use PEDs to gain an advantage over others. Heck, even if there is a lifetime ban in place, some players would probably try to use PEDs to gain an advantage over others. But Trout is right in this regard: MLB probably does have to penalize players a little bit more harshly in order to get their message across. Otherwise, players who have never been caught using PEDs before are going to continue risking 50 and even 100-game suspensions to get an edge.

I don’t necessarily think that a lifetime ban is the answer here. It seems a little too harsh, especially when you consider all of the things that could go wrong (players being wrongly accused, players getting banned for using substances accidentally, etc.). But MLB needs to find a way to let players know that they can not use PEDs. Whether it’s by handing out longer suspensions, fining them through the roof, or issuing a ban after a second PED violation, they need to find an answer to their ongoing problem. And they need to do it soon.

What do you got, guys?

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