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Published:August 4th, 2013 14:14 EST
Major League Baseball now has Two Black Eyes

Major League Baseball now has Two Black Eyes

By Ron G Anselm

"Taking performance enhancing drugs in professional sports is the same concept as a first grader lying to the teacher when she asks, Where`s your homework? And the child responds, The dog ate it " (Anselm, R.)

I remember the good ol` days watching just about every game there was to watch or going to the game in person and watching Michael Jordon slam dunk from mid-court or Lynn Swann make those acrobatic catches look as easy as Tiny Tim tip toeing through the tulips (in a matter of speaking) or George Brett taking that back level swing, connecting on a 3-2 fastball and sending the ball into orbit over the center field bleachers. These guys never took drugs or should I say to take the point to the next level, performance enhancing drugs to be able to perform on the field, courts, baseball diamond, whatever...like supermen. As Jerry Reuss put it when I interviewed him in my current book, "Our Grand Ol` National Past Time" A Brief History of Major League Baseball-"It took hard-work, dedication, persistence, a lot of luck and god given talent to be able to play at that level and in the Major Leagues or in professional sports in general and lasting for a twenty-two year career." (Reuss, J., Anselm interview, 2011)

He DIDN`T say, Dude, to be able to perform everyday; I went out to the local street dealer, got my fix of PED`s, shot up and man when I hit the diamond that night I was throwing fastball that looked like they were coming out of 155 MM Howitzers. NO, Jerry Reuss worked hard to be one of the best pitchers in the game and was a great contributor and success to Major League baseball.

The real players worked hard to be able to play the game and cared about the fans. Now, Major League baseball has two black eyes. The first one happened back in 1919 with the Chicago Black Sox Scandal. That scandal has never has left the minds of baseball fans and still is actually talked about around the hot dog vending or concession stands at any Major League Retro Stadium today.

And the second black eye....

Now, we have been steadily hearing about the wide-spread use over the last decade or so of PED`s in baseball. If you ask me about the latest one, Alex Rodriquez, I would say, Yes, Ban him from the game for life. And with his recent comments this weekend to the press, Major League baseball should cut-off all talks, bargaining, or negotiating with him and just kick him out of the game. This guy made so much money playing the game on top of endorsements, etc...he could buy his own planet with it and you are going to tell me after making all that money and watching him perform with the Yankees that he cheated! What is that little kid that wore his number or wore a New York Yankees hat going to say when he find out his favorite ball player was a cheater? That it`s O.k. to cheat in life to get ahead?

This is the same concept for people we look up to as finding out Chuck Norris was a past sex Offender (No pun intended Chuck just using this phrase to make a point "I don`t want to turn around some corner walking down the street and a roundhouse kick makes its way upside my fat head" although I did ask you to spar with me one time) Or, Superman is really a would be bank robber when he zooms through Metropolis City, you think he is going to rescue Lois Lane from some predicament but he is really zooming through the street running from the cops and making off with the cash he just robbed from the local City Bank. What a letdown this would be if it were true for a lot of people and kids. The same is true when we find out a lot of our favorite ball players have taken illegal drugs when performing.

Some past suspension and one of the latest suspension that recently happen is for Ryan Braun who is suspended for the reminder of the 2013 season.

In 2005 Major League baseball issued the first drug related suspension which was only for a ten day suspension for Alex Sanchez. Back in 2005 the drug policy was not as astringent as it is today and later that season Sanchez`s career ended anyway.

Sanchez was not a total impact player or a player that made a difference in the game. He made a statement as to his suspension by saying; I take some kind of stuff I buy over the counter. Multi-vitamin, protein shakes, muscle relaxers, that kind of stuff. Over-the-counter stuff. Stuff to give me energy. I`m surprised because look at what kind of player I am. I never hit any home runs. I don`t know. It surprised me. " (Sanchez, 2005)

Well, I got news for you buddy; when you take a wee wee test or a blood test Multi-Vitamins, protein shakes, or stuff like that do not show up in the test. Only illegal stuff shows up, so unless those Multi-Vitamins or protein shakes were laced with sensesamilla bud, that substance found had to be illegal and a little more illegal than just a pretty looking, colored hair bud of pot, dude!

Yusaku, Iriki was also suspended for the 2005/2006 season for PED`s. Major League baseball started getting a little more serious back then and issued Iriki a fifty game suspension. Iriki was a minor league New York Mets pitcher and his suspension had a little more meaning to it because MLB was now reevaluating its current policies on illegal drugs and had just implemented the new and re-written policy and Iriki turned out to be the guinea pig on the new disciplinary action from the new policy taken on him for cheating in baseball. Congratulations, and well-done.

The next player up for bids or should I say up for a more harsh suspension was Guillermo Mota in 2012. Mota had already been suspended a fifty game suspension prior to his 2012 suspension which hit a whopping 100 game suspension, wow! Wouldn`t he have learned on his first suspension to stop fiddling with that funny looking liquid they call PED`s? I guess not.

Mota did admit and I will give him credit for admitting that he was wrong by saying, "I used extremely poor judgment and deserve to be held accountable. To my teammates and the entire Mets organization, I am sorry. I truly regret what I did and hope that you can forgive me "To baseball fans everywhere, I understand that you are disappointed in me, and I feel terrible and I promise this is the first and last time that this will happen." (Mota, 2012) O.k. man, I forgive you, just don`t let it happen again!

Oh, by the way forgot to mention. Ryan Braun is suspended for 65 games this year. Good, Bud Selig is now taking this seriously and in my opinion should wear the hat of an Army drill sergeant and be as harsh when these guys screw up by taking illegal drugs, come on, they know better.

Braun plays for the Milwaukee Brewers and his friend Aaron Rodgers who is the Green Bay Packers starting quarterback commented on Braun`s suspension by stating, I was backing up a friend. He looked me in the eye on multiple occasions and repeatedly denied these allegations and said they were not true. So, it is disappointing, not only for myself as a friend, but for obviously Wisconsin sports fans, Brewer fans, really baseball fans. It doesn`t feel great being lied to like that and I`m disappointed in the way it all went down. " (Rodgers, A. 2013)

One of the biggest surprises to me is when I was living in Baltimore and found out Rafael Palmeiro was caught for using steroids. Palmeiro was the Orioles power-hitter and all-star first baseman that year and a lot of fans were really surprised to hear that he was taking illegal drugs to play the game. The next paragraph sums up a lot of feeling and opinion by the fans of baseball...

"Palmeiro was the original power hitter to deny his steroid use and receive a suspension after the MLB created their drug rules in 2005. He was one of the first to receive a suspension. He denied using steroids to a congressional panel. He did not deny testing positive. He maintained that he did not know he was taking steroids, and at age 40 he joined Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Eddie Murray as the only players with 3,000 hits and 500 homers in a career. He was one of the original power hitters that many feel disgraced baseball, and stood before a congressional committee along with Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire and denied his use of steroids. His connections to the dark world of steroid use run deep and is one of the faces of the steroid era being one of the first to receive a suspension of any sort. Palmeiro`s actions have more or less guaranteed he will never be inducted into the Hall of Fame." (Kravitz, Sutton M., 2013)

So, for a lot of fans it seems watching baseball lately and cheering for a player that may seem to be one that is just absolutely talented is the same as playing Russian roulette. You never know what is going to happen next with one pull of the trigger or in this case, one swing of the bat. And is that 550 foot home run that player just crushed in the upper decks really attributed to their God-given talent, hard-work, persistence and dedication to the game, because maybe they do work hard daily and eat their Wheaties like good little athletes, or is that dramatic home run really the result of during the bottom of the third inning that player just went in the locker room and corked his veins with a ton of PED`s? Who knows nowadays...?

                                                                                  Reference

Moshe Sutton Kravitz, 2013, Top 10 Key MLB Drug Suspensions, (http://www.sportsrageous.com/top-10-key-mlb-drug-suspensions-08-01-2013) Retrieved August 3, 2013.

Hey, everyone; if you want to learn more about the Major League baseball`s Steroid and PED policy or if you just want to read about anything baseball, you can purchase a copy of my book titled, "Our Grand Ol` National Past Time" A Brief History of Major League Baseball by going to my website at (www.ronanselm.tateauthor.com) or my publisher`s website at (http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=9781625107350) My book is not just for the sports or baseball fan but for any and everyone who loves books and loves to read about any and everything there is to know on this planet we all share called Earth. Buy your copies or copy today and enjoy. Also, go to my website and leave a line or two on my blog`s page. Give me your opinion(s) on the usage of PED`s in Major League baseball.