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Friday, September 21, 2012

MELKY NEEDS TO BE THE EXAMPLE

So, MLB appears unlikely to interfere with the National League batting title. In a nutshell, if the season ends and Melky Cabrera wins, then Bud Selig and MLB will turn a blind eye and an admitted cheater will win.

Meanwhile, the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen, or the Giants' Buster Posey, both who have been working their tails off naturally will be the 2nd and 3rd place winners, not because they lost fair and square, but  because MLB won't take a cheater off the top of the list for doing something MLB is trying to "clean up" in the sport, the taking of illegal substances. It's an embarrassment to the game and it makes me queasy.


Don't you remember the whole charade in front of Congress? Big baseball dudes who were asked about PEDs use? Don't you remember Sammy Sosa, who suddenly needed an interpreter, meanwhile he spoke pretty darn well in 1998? What about Mark McGwire who told Congress he didn't want to talk about the past, he wanted to talk about the future? Guess what Major League Baseball? It is the future and PEDs are still happening in Major League Baseball. Nothing has been done to clean up the sport, nothing. And now, with 2 weeks left in the season, MLB has stated they will not interfere with Melky Cabrera and his possible National League batting title crown. Read HERE. Now what do I tell my kid... "Cheating's fine. Even though you get in trouble, you still win!" Hmm, I'm not sure that flies, especially with everything I've been telling him before this about "Cheaters never win". Apparently they do win!

Why not just give awards out for all admitted PED users next year? Or how about we make a section in the Hall of Fame called "PED's Champions." Anyone who's admitted to PED's use gets to go in that section. Yeah, doesn't this sound ridiculous? Well, that's where we're headed because MLB is so afraid to lock down on these future stars because it would alienate fans and they'd lose a ton of money. Plus, they'd be forced to reinvent themselves again to try to bring baseball back in a culture where many fans are fed up. Remember this... Everything is about money, everything and Major League Baseball is no different, so instead of hammering the offenders, they fine them and then the offender disappears and comes back when his suspension is over. No, they don't wipe the season clean. No, they don't have a zero tolerance policy. No, they won't even force the player to make a public service announcement about the dangers of PEDs to children who worship these players. NOPE. They keep them in the game and let them win their awards, even when the others players actually earn the awards, like a Buster Posey or a Andrew McCutchen.

Look, am I slamming Melky alittle too much? Maybe, but the truth is, I like Melky, but Melky made a bad mistake and when you admit it, sure, I believe in second chances, but I also believe in getting punished.  Bottom line, if Melky wins the batting title, he's rewarded, not punished and to me...well, it doesn't make sense.

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