Trout, whose early career looks remarkably similar (statistically speaking) to that of Alex Rodriguez almost two decades ago, before his career was mired in scandal and PED rumors.
Trout took a pretty harsh stand against PED users, most likely because he's 22 years old and feels invincible.
At this point, what would you even consider all-natural? Even the cleanest players (like Trout, presumably) have a pretty regular regimen of supplements that they take on a daily basis. I'm not saying that makes him a terrible person, but would you say it's all natural if he's getting it from a powder or a pill that he takes in addition to his regular meals?
It makes me wonder what a 22-year old Alex Rodriguez would have said, if he were asked the same question in the mid-'90s. Would a younger, more energized Rodriguez have agreed? It's possible. Of course, when you are the target of higher expectations, position changes and Father Time, sometimes things change.
For what it's worth, Trout's teammate Josh Hamilton agreed with him, saying that Trout's comments were "right on."
What would you think about a lifetime ban for first-time offenders? Is it a good idea? Or is it over the top?