AROD’s LEGACY DESTROID

In light of the recent Major League Baseball scandal, there are a few things that should be reflected upon. First of all, the Biogenesis Clinic that was busted is the largest of its kind in the Professional Sports Arena. According to several sources, Bud Selig is prepared to impose a lifetime ban on Alex Rodriguez “AROD” for his participation in the drug ring and his use of various performance enhancing drugs during a two year period beginning in late 2009.

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers has already been suspended for 50 games and after further investigation, Major League Baseball is on the verge of suspending approximately 20 more players for 50 or more games including the lifetime ban of AROD. To me…the suspensions are the best punishment I have saw in any sports as far as the punishment fitting the “crime.” It is very likely that Alex and his agents will appeal the suspension but we will deal with that another time.

What we will focus on is the fact that one of the most dominant players, both offensively and defensively at his position will likely see his Hall of Fame career demolished all in the name of cheating!!! During AROD’s 19 year career…he has put up mind boggling numbers…In 2,524 games he has a .300 Average, 647 Home Runs (Good Enough for Fifth in the All-Time list), 2901 Hits, 1898 Runs Scored, 1950 RBI’s, and 1217 walks…while posting a .560 Slugging Percentage. These numbers are SICK if you look at the other all-time greats that have played the game.

As a 37 Year Old Sports Die Hard, AROD has played in as many seasons as half of my life. During my era, he is probably one of the most prolific hitters that I have ever saw. He received the largest contract in Sports History at 10 Years and $275 Million Dollars by the cash cow Skankees…I mean Yankees. Now this 38 Year old role model is watching his career deteriorate right before his eyes. His legacy has now been destroyed.

This is embarrassing for Major League Baseball to have one of its Markee Faces go down in a bunch of flames. However, it is also great to see that the League is taking the utmost drastic measures to punish these CHEATERS! I cannot say that I am shocked. Most people have suspected Alex of using drugs for a long time now and this just confirms all of our suspicions. I must say…I don’t care if the New York Yankees have to still pay this guy the rest of his contract…that’s what they get for signing controversial players! I’m just glad that this time around, the league has policies and that these players cannot escape like the Barry Bond’s, Roger Clemmens, Mark McGwires of the league! This is a blemish on the league but its also a positive step to setting an example. Good Job MLB!

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BUSTED

     IN LIGHT OF THE RECENT BIOGENESIS INVESTIGATION AND THE 65 GAME SUSPENSION OF RYAN BRAUN FOR HIS USE OF PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS…MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEEDS TO REVISIT ITS DRUG POLICY IN THE FALL.  RYAN BRAUN, A FORMER MLB MVP IN 2011 FOR THE MILWAUKEE BREWERS WAS SUSPENDED YESTERDAY FOR  THE REST OF THE SEASON (65 GAMES).  RYAN BRAUN HAD BEEN SUSPENDED PREVIOUSLY AND WAS ABLE TO APPEAL THE DECISION AND BEAT THE SYSTEM.  NOW HE TESTS POSITIVE AGAIN.  THIS IS A TRAVESTY AND JUST REAFFIRMS THAT THE LEAGUE STILL HAS A PROBLEM WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE THAT IS NOT GOING AWAY.  

     PLAYING PROFESSIONAL SPORTS IS A LUXURY.  ATHLETES THAT ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO MAKE IT BIG BECOME RICH AND ARE ABLE TO “WORK” IN A FIELD THAT EVERYONE WOULD DIE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO.  IT IS SICKENING THAT THIS NONSENSE IS STILL A BIG ISSUE.  ONE WOULD THINK, THAT AFTER THE CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS AFTER SOME OF THE MOST PROMINENT PLAYERS WERE LINKED TO PED’S, THAT MODERN DAY PLAYERS WOULD STAY AWAY FROM THIS “BLACK CLOUD.”  

     GOING FORWARD, THE LEAGUE NEEDS TO ADOPT A MORE STRINGENT POLICY ON THE DRUG POLICY.  RYAN BRAUN HAS CERTAINLY LIED TO THE PUBLIC, LIED TO HIS TEAM, LIED TO HIS PLAYERS, LIED TO THE FANS, LIED TO THE LEAGUE.  THIS IS AN EMBARRASSING MOMENT IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL’S FACE.  RYAN BRAUN WORKED OUT A PLEA DEAL AND HIS SUSPENSION SPANS THE REST OF THE SEASON.  HOWEVER, WHAT MAKES THIS WORSE IS THAT BRAUN SAT THERE AND LIED THROUGH HIS TEETH A YEAR AGO, WHEN BRAUN TESTED POSITIVE FOR PEDS BEFORE.  HOWEVER, BRAUN APPEALED THE DECISION AND THE SUSPENSION WAS LIFTED.  WHAT MAKES THIS A REAL UGLY ELEPHANT, IS THE FACT THAT BRAUN IS STILL NOT SHOWING MUCH REMORSE FOR HIS ACTIONS.  BRAUN SHOULD HAVE BEEN MADE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THE LEAGUE, THE FAN’S HIS TEAM AND APOLOGIZE AND SHOW SINCERE REGRET FOR HIS ACTIONS AND LIES.  NO…INSTEAD…WE HAD A HALF ASS ATTEMPT TO ADDRESS THE SITUATION AND HE LEFT WITHOUT MAKING ANY TYPE OF INTERVIEWS OR A PRESS CONFERENCE.

     LISTEN…I AGREE THAT THERE ARE SO MANY PLAYERS THAT DID THIS BEFORE BRAUN AND THAT THEY ARE STILL AFFILIATED WITH THE LEAGUE.  HOWEVER, THE PUNISHMENT NEEDS TO MEET THE CRIME.  WHAT I WOULD PROPOSE TO MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL WOULD BE TO INSTITUTE A ZERO POLICY FOR PED’S AND STEROIDS.  IF ANY PLAYER TESTS POSITIVE ON A FIRST OFFENSE, THEY SHOULD AUTOMATICALLY BE SUSPENDED FOR ONE SEASON (BEING 162 GAMES.)  NOW…IF THE PLAYER RETURNS AND IS DUMB ENOUGH TO GET CAUGHT AGAIN…I FEEL THAT THEY SHOULD RECEIVE A LIFETIME BAN.

     WHENEVER I GET INTO THESE DISCUSSIONS, IT IS HARD TO IGNORE THAT SOME OF THE GREATEST PLAYERS OF THE PAST WERE GUILTY OF THE SAME INFRACTIONS.  HOWEVER, THAT WAS IN THE PAST AND THE LEAGUE HAS PROGRESSIVELY CRACKED DOWN MORE ON THIS PROBLEM.  I JUT FEEL THAT IF THE LEAGUE INSTITUTED MORE STRINGENT RULES, THAT PLAYERS WOULD THINK TWICE OF DOING IT AGAIN.  I MEAN, MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO AROUND AND THESE GUYS MAKE MILLIONS.  I DO NOT KNOW TOO MANY PEOPLE THAT WOULD RISK THAT TYPE OF MONEY FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE DRUGS.

     WELL, THERE ARE NOW EVEN LARGER FISHES TO FRY.  THE TALK IS THAT THE LEAGUE HAS MORE EVIDENCE ON ALEX RODRIGUEZ (AROD).  AROD HAS REPORTEDLY BEEN FOUND TO HAVE TAMPERED WITH EVIDENCE AND OBSTRUCT THE INVESTIGATION.  IN CONCLUSION, THE LEAGUE SHOULD CHANGE THE POLICY TO MAKE MORE HEADWAY IN THIS PROCESS.  ONE THING REMAINS TRUE…THE LEAGUE HAS DONE A BETTER JOB WITH THE DRUG POLICY AND HAS COME ALONG WAY WITH IT’S RULES AND REGULATIONS.  IN MY ESTIMATION, RYAN BRAUN SHOULD BE BANNED FOR LIFE BUT HE LUCKED OUT WHEN HIS FORMER SUSPENSION WAS APPEALED.  AT THAT TIME, BRAUN SHOWED NO REMORSE.  MLB MUST DO THE RIGHT THING.  MORE TIO COME….Image