MLB could leverage PED suspensions with Hall of Fame inductions
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The dog and pony show continues: Selig may try to use the HOF to gain favor for suspensions

7/18/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Oct 7, 2011; Milwaukee, WI, USA; MLB commissioner Bud Selig throws ou the ceremonial first pitch before game five of the 2011 NLDS between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Miller Park.  Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY SportsIn a classic power move, Bud Selig might be trying to time the impending PED suspensions to coincide with the Hall of Fame induction ceremony next weekend.

Not coincidentally, the induction will feature zero recently retired players, thanks to an excessive amount of suspicion around steroid era players.

That could give Selig a bit more support than normal, since the Hall of Fame has a way of making people a bit crazy and adds a bit of extra anti-PED insanity to the pile.

Hall of Famers, also, are a largely anti-PED crowd, which could lead to a lot of sound bytes from baseball legends lashing out against current players.

Let's just ignore that the league conveniently turned its back on rampant drug use for years, and let's ignore the rigorous testing system that's already in place, right Mr. Selig?

That's a clown move by an out-of-control commissioner who is struggling to build some sort of legacy. Unfortunately, he's about 20 years too late for that.
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7/19/13   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

orangemen90 wrote:
so are you arguing against Selig but giving a pass on use of illegal drugs in MLB? Managements problem has been for decades that the union has been against any sort of control on the use of drugs... but so many players have become users that they now are caving to the pressure but on by the sponsors of MLB... Just follow the money...

I'm arguing against the inconsistency.
He spent years turning a blind eye to rampant PED use.
Then, he instituted a testing system. That part is actually fine with me. Shoulda happened years earlier, but at least it's happening.
Now, he's going way too far and is ignoring test results and relying on the word of a not-so-credible source in an effort to take down big-name players.

If you implement a testing system, trust the testing system. Don't just go after guys because you think they slipped through the cracks and you want to make it look like you're serious. That's what he's doing with Braun and A-Rod.

How does the game of baseball improve if Ryan Braun is suspended without a fully legal and competently handled failed test?

7/18/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

so are you arguing against Selig but giving a pass on use of illegal drugs in MLB? Managements problem has been for decades that the union has been against any sort of control on the use of drugs... but so many players have become users that they now are caving to the pressure but on by the sponsors of MLB... Just follow the money...

7/18/13   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Selig is arguably the worst Commissioner in the history of the game.  And his handling of the so called PED situation isn't even the close to the top of the list of idiot things to happen to MLB that he allowed to happen or even championed to happen....