MLB allowed players to negotiate suspensions in Biogenesis investigation
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Is MLB getting too soft?

8/6/13 in MLB   |   kphoeing   |   17 respect

Should MLB players be allowed to appeal their suspensions?With all of the suspensions in the Biogenesis/PED scandal shouldn't players be suspended and not get to negotiate their punishment?

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?
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8/9/13   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

kphoeing wrote:
I get that they are allowed to now, but I guess the idea of him trying to appeal it and try to get out of it seems ridiculous to me.

I do understand the appeal process...  But it is indeed a rare thing when the appeal is successful.  Braun's was the only one I can recall in recent memory.  Often players appealed suspensions based on the team's schedule.  Knowing they couldn't hear the appeal until the next time the team was in New York so it meant a player would remain available for perhaps an important stretch of the schedule and the team, knowing the player would lose the appeal would rather the player be unavailable at a different time in the season.  There is a strategy in this...

8/8/13   |   kphoeing   |   17 respect

I get that they are allowed to now, but I guess the idea of him trying to appeal it and try to get out of it seems ridiculous to me.

8/8/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Due process and the CBA must be followed, even if it's a player you don't like. To suggest otherwise is petty, simplistic, and cedes too much power to MLB.

8/8/13   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Yes.  Players have always had the opportunity to appeal.  This goes way way way back.  Anyone remember Steve Howe?  He got caught with banned substances what...  7 or 8 times?  And he just kept coming back...

8/5/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

The thing is MLB and the Players' Union have an agreement that is collectively bargained that affords players these opportunities. If the players did not have that capability, MLB would have too much unilateral power.