Papi in the clear?
It eases us a little when players come out and say things like this though. Yet, because I am a fan of baseball, and have been “wronged” by players before, I am skeptical of anyone and everyone.
Luckily, the sport is much greater than feeling cheated by its “tainted” era–slightly cheated is more accurate.
But the most important part of what Ortiz is attempting to do in saying this, is to implement a tougher penalty. One that is more difficult to get around, and a penalty that makes a player think three or four times before using, rather than just twice.
Ripping names out of a confidential folder is not the way to solve future issues that the MLB will continue having with PED use, if they do not do something about it.
And being suspended for a full season WILL cut down on the use of steroids.
A player will think long and hard, and then long and hard again before missing out on a years pay. A player may feel like in a contract year, that they need to enhance their performance through cheating. Yet, they will probably refrain from doing so knowing that being suspended for a year will kill any chances of earning any kind of big-time contract the following season.
And I believe that is true, but the testing program needs to be much stricter as well. Players WILL cheat if they know their chosen drug is undetectable. They WILL cheat if they know when the tests are coming, which sometimes it seems as if they do. And they WILL continue to cheat if the higher-ups don’t enforce something that matters.
I want the game to be clean. Anyone who says, “well everyone was doing it, it was a level-playing field.” I disagree. I find it hard to believe that EVERYONE was doing it. Someone was cheated. And probably more like hundreds of “someone’s” to be accurate.
And there is the other argument, that steroids do not help performance.
Okay, let us assume for a minute that steroids do nothing for bat speed, nothing for pitch recognition and all that. Just assume it for a second. But then when everyone else aches as the season goes on, as they start wearing down, the steroid users are still going strong, they are not wearing down. The bat doesn’t seem heavy through the zone. Their arms are not experiencing the fatigue that other pitchers are feeling.
Steroids do not recognize a change-up. But steroids may very well let a player play at the same level, while others tire.
Just get the DAMN game cleaned up so that we don’t have to question the records. The game will always have its cheaters, but making it harder for them to have success cheating is the only thing that MLB can do.