7.24.2013

Drugs Are Killing Baseball


I don't know about anybody else, but I am sick and tired of hearing about performance enhancing drugs when discussing baseball. Sure drugs exist in all sports, but the way baseball gets singled out is heartbreaking to an avid baseball fan such as myself.

With the suspension of Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun all over the news this week, the fact that baseball is losing credibility is becoming more and more apparent. Braun, who won the MVP in 2011, was one of the league's brightest stars. For a player as prominent as Braun to deny using PEDs in the past is a disgrace, but a huge hit for Major League Baseball. It is safe to say that Braun is a role model for many youngsters. Many who don't understand drugs let alone performance enhancing ones.

I saw a interesting poll on ESPN this morning about whether or not Braun should be allowed to keep his MVP award. For those that do not remember, it was a close race between Braun and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. Without a doubt Braun should be stripped of that award. Even though finished in second place then, I don't feel like he can be awarded the MVP now despite his outstanding 2011 campaign.

It is unfortunate that drugs exist, but it is up to the players of this great game to resist the tempation. With the testing that is out there now, it is becoming harder for players to get away with using PEDs. You have got to give it up to Major League Baseball for the stance it is taking against abusers to clean up the game. I just hope the stars of this game decide to play the clean way and keep the integrity of game in place.

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