Is MLB getting too soft?
Today Major League Baseball handed down 12 50-game suspensions to players involved in the scandal. Players include Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta, and Evereth Cabrera, to name a few. Alex Rodriguez is expected to be suspended today, August 5th. Or is he? MLB.com reports that A-Rod will appeal his suspension that would reportedly suspend him through the end of the 2014 season.
So the question becomes, what is with the appeal?
In my opinion, players who have been found guilty of using Performance Enhancing Drugs should be handed a suspension and that's it. But for some reason, MLB is letting players appeal their suspension. I feel that an appeal is pointless, ridiculous, and should not be heard. If you used a banned substance, you have to do the time for your crime.
Can we really call it a suspension if MLB has to talk to the player and negotiate or hear his appeal? It is an absolute joke. I feel that Major League Baseball is too soft and should not discuss the suspension time with the player, instead they should hand it down and don't give it a second thought. It is an insult to the game if the league can't even punish the players correctly for using PEDs. It is just like putting a child in timeout, but letting the child get a say in how long they have to sit in timeout. I get sick every time I hear that a player is appealing his suspension.
So I ask all of you, should a player get to appeal his suspension, or should he just be forced to take it without any rebuttal? Please comment below with your thoughts?