As an avid baseball fan since the early days of my youth I now find myself seventy years latter being driven from its allure primarily because of the damage illegal drugs have done to the integrity of the game and the greed that circumvents it; greed by players using drugs and owners and commissioners turning a blind eye to their use. In my view greed drives drugs.drugs drives baseballs.
There is no doubt that the drug problems in professional baseball have caused irreparable damage to the once “Great American Game.” The damage can be likened to incurable cancer. This greed disease finds its tentacles permeating in many directions; players, owners, unions et al.
It has infested many players presently exposed to PEDS and many exposed in days past. Who knows how many there are who have not yet been exposed.
Handling penalties out for fifty to two hundred games
does not guarantee that the illegal substances are not still in their blood systems for days, weeks, or even months after their return.
What a joke to have players miss fifty games only to comeback to receive the balance of their lucrative contracts.
Players going this route are selfish thugs showing no respect for their team-mates and league-mates who play by the rules. They not only take competitive advantage on the field but also financial advantage off the field.
Baseball is a game of statistics and records. These selfish thugs have made previous stats and records meaningless or at best messy asterisks.
The most damaging to this greed based sport is the negative impact it has on fans both past, present and future, but especially to children. All are to blame, owners, players, and their union.
Unless the powers that be take a firm stand by banning those that cheat with drugs for live after the first offense, the game will not survive. If it does it will not be the great american pastime it once was, nor should it be.
If drugs are illegal where are the arrests?
Maybe this is why the Cleveland Indians seldom win and Yankees always do.