Others are a bit more skeptical, like David Radcliffe of Yahoo!, who refers to MLB's latest actions as a witch hunt that they will eventually regret.
I tend to side with Radcliffe on this one. Major League Baseball has a pretty clear agenda, and it's not just cleaning up the game. They have made it clear that they intend to take down Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun by any means necessary.
Braun and Rodriguez have already been the subject of MLB investigations, and have both tested positive for banned in the past. Rodriguez's failed test occurred before the league had set up a proper punishment system, and Braun successfully appealed his suspension thanks to a mishandled urine sample.
MLB is clearly trying to nail these guys, since they view them as the poster boys of the latest wave of performance enhancing drugs.
Once again, MLB is completely botching it, just like they botched the PED epidemic almost two decades ago. Ironically, they're doing it the exact opposite way this time.
When Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Brady Anderson, Barry Bonds and a plethora of others were hitting home runs at alarmingly high rates, MLB sat back and enjoyed the increased attendance. They completely ignored the obvious signs of PED abuse. Players were injecting anabolic steroids and the league did absolutely nothing about it.
Now, there's a new wave of performance enhancing drugs. In reality, the "steroid era" is over. Technically, that is. The PED Era has only just begun, however. Instead of the relatively common and well-known steroids of the past, players are now resorting to blood doping, testosterone enhancement, and other complicated methods of performance enhancement.
In her USA Today column, Christine Brennan says "History will judge this move as one of the most positive and aggressive yet in the fight against doping in sports."
Brennan's rose-colored outlook couldn't be further from the truth.
When Ryan Braun avoided his suspension for elevated testosterone levels due to a technicality, MLB had egg on their face and looked ridiculous. It brought into question every single step of their drug enforcement system, from testing to public relations. When they swung and missed on suspending Braun, they looked like a kangaroo court.
This latest circus will be no different.
This time, MLB is relying on testimony from Tony Bosch, the owner of a Miami wellness center. He has records linking many MLB players to the purchase of various banned substances. The problem, as spelled out by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, is whether or not Bosch's testimony will be credible enough to warrant suspensions.
Rosenthal points out that Braun, Bonds, and Roger Clemens all successfully fought allegations of PEDs and/or lying about them. In Clemens' case, much of the proof against him was brought forth by Brain McNamee. Bosch seems like McNamee v2.0, which doesn't bode well for MLB's side.
Major League Baseball has a pretty extensive drug testing program now, and their suspension system relies heavily on those tests. The fact that they're about to attempt to suspend up to 20 players without a single positive drug test among them (aside from Braun's already nullified test) speaks volumes about the ineffectiveness about their testing program.
If the MLB testing program wasn't able to nab these guys, how guilty could they possibly be? Should handwritten receipts with code names from a strip mall drug store owner be enough to suspend guys for 50-100 games and take away millions of dollars in salary?
You can be sure that the players will fight this tooth and nail, and it's going to be extremely difficult for Major League Baseball to carry through with their plans of suspending players.
More from Brennan's column:
Parents with teenagers in sports, boys and girls who studies show are already trying PEDs to play better, should be thankful that their kids will see the news of more athletes being disgraced by doping."
Again, I strongly disagree. No one should be thrilled at the news of Ryan Braun, one of the game's most exciting players, being suspended in a witch hunt by a bitter MLB. No one should welcome news that Alex Rodriguez, already rendered virtually irrelevant by injuries and declining skills, will have to sit out even more games. Hell, as far as Rodriguez goes, no one should even care at all.
Parents with teenagers in sports shouldn't celebrate the news that Major League Baseball is circumventing their own established drug enforcement program and using a shady drug dealer to go after their employees. There's no honor in that.
This is starting to become reminiscent of cycling, as referenced in a comment by Gearhead on this post, which is certainly not a good thing for MLB.
They've failed themselves before in the war on PEDs, and they're setting themselves up to fail again. This is going to get ugly.