Wednesday, February 11, 2009

How do we fix Major League Baseball?

Before I begin, don't forget to chime in with your opinion on the post "What would you do?" below. If you were a reporter, would you have run the A-Rod steroids story?

Baseball is in a jam now almost as bad as a few years ago, when the steroid issue first took the country by storm. Maybe now is a good time to re-examine Major League Baseball's (toothless) policy.

In my opinion, MLB has two best options on how to handle steroids:

1. EVERYTHING IS LEGAL. Under this policy, all drug testing would be abolished; if a player wanted to juice up, they could. I believe steroids hurt more than they help (players get a short-term boost at the cost of perhaps a few years or even a decade of steady production, and, of course, drugs can kill you). This policy also acknowledges what nobody seems to want to admit: steroid-fueled baseball puts fans in the stands. Basically, option 1 would be a more open an honest version of the steroids policy in Major League Baseball 10 years ago.

2. EVERYTHING IS ILLEGAL. Under this policy, all players would be tested on a weekly basis. If a player tests positive one time, he is suspended for a full season. If a player tests positive a second time, he is suspended from baseball for life.

The current option, with random testing and a increasing penalties for failed tests, falls somewhere in between. And it's simply not working.

--Matt Kelsey

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