Ex-Commish: Ban A-Rod Forever
Faye Vincent thinks there should be a one-strike steroid policy
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 5, 2013 12:03 PM CDT
Updated Aug 5, 2013 12:05 PM CDT
In this Aug. 2, 2013, file photo, Alex Rodriguez answers questions from reporters during a news conference following a Class AA baseball game with the Trenton Thunder.   (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek, File)

(Newser) – Major League Baseball has just handed down some stiff suspensions to Alex Rodriguez and the other players implicated in the Biogenesis scandal—but not nearly stiff enough for Faye Vincent's tastes. When gambling threatened the sport, baseball instituted a one-strike-and-you're-out policy. "As a result, there is no gambling problem in baseball," Vincent observes in the Wall Street Journal. "The same punishment for a first-time drug violation is now warranted—one drug violation and a player is gone from the game, forever."

To Vincent, performance-enhancing drugs represent "an existential threat to all of competitive athletics. .. We cannot let things come to the point where the Yankees' success depends more on who their chemist is than on the quality of their pitching." As long as players can make tens of millions cheating, a 50- or 100-game suspension "may just seem like the cost of doing business." Rules are sacrosanct; without them, there's no game. If we condone cheating "we risk, quite literally, losing all our games." Click for Vincent's full piece.

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Aug 5, 2013 6:38 PM CDT
Isn't there a lifetime ban for drug usage in every other sport in the world?!
Aug 5, 2013 3:02 PM CDT
Vincent makes a good point. If you have a lifetime ban hanging over your head then you will think twice before cheating. And no matter what you call this its still cheating.
Aug 5, 2013 2:17 PM CDT
The ironic thing is, the Yankees would absolutely LOVE for A-Rod to get banned, because they would not have to honor his obscene massive contract and could go on a shopping spree for more players. With a suspension they are still on the hook, but a ban for life would let them out of an extremely bad deal.