When news broke that Seattle Mariners’ All Star second baseball Robinson Cano was going to be suspended 80 games for failing a drug test my initial response was disappointment. It was disappointment in Cano for making such a bad decision, and disappointment in baseball for it’s holier than tho attitude when it comes to PEDs.
In no other sport does a star miss half of the season for a failed drug test.
In no other sport does a star get vilified the way baseball players do.
In no other sport does this garbage get written.
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Baseball drags its stars for PEDs like no other sport. In the other sports, the response you hear is “well that blows, when are they expected back?” None of this nonsense. What makes all of this hand ringing even more stupid is that this isn’t the 90’s and early 2000’s anymore; players aren’t doping in the middle of the season to gain muscle strength.
They’re doping during their offseason workout programs so they can keep their recovery times low between workouts so they don’t burn out in the middle of the season. It’s because they’re trying to squeeze as much out of their bodies as possible to maximize their careers. And baseball is hammering them for using this stuff during the off season.
Now I get that the congressional investigation that led to the Mitchell Report traumatized baseball and made it so the league wanted to get the drugs out of the game. But the fear mongering about steroids that led up to the Report was based off of half baked science. It’s led to this attitude in the game, and among its dipshittier writers, that using steroids is not only cheating but it’s a huge moral failure (it’s not, but this is subjective); after all, increased muscle mass does not improve your hand eye coordination.
The best solution for baseball is to reduce the suspensions for PED use to be more inline with the other professional sports. Then the league should help fund studies into steroid use and see if it actually impacts performance at all…then, pending the results of the study, allow it in the game.
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