Retired Atlanta Braves fan favorite Dale Murphy has always been known for being one of the classiest guys in baseball. While still classy, he offered up some unusually harsh words on the heels of Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun being suspended the rest of the 2013 season for steroid use, advocating a lifetime ban, ajc.com reports.
Braun will lose out on $3.2 million, but Murphy believes his career in Major League Baseball should be over as of now.
"I think we're moving toward a step of zero tolerance, where careers will end with a positive test," Murphy said. "Right now it's 50 games. What's that to a guy making millions? You can’t tell me that a guy like Ryan Braun wouldn’t think twice about going to a [drug clinic] in Miami if he thought his 10-year contract would be null and void."
It's a bigger step than Murphy's previous statements of saying the likes of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens should never make the Hall of Fame, and he has a solid point. Braun has seven more years and more than $100 million left with the Brewers; he'll get all of that.
Consider Braves 101 among those who stand with Murphy. MLB should ban steroid users on the first offense to help clean up the game.
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