Major League Baseball has quite a mess on its hands with the Biogenesis steroid scandal. They just suspended 12 players Monday for 50 games and Alex Rodriguez for the rest of this season and all of next season, but the problem would be much simpler to solve if the punishment were a lifetime ban on the first offense.
The move would make sense. MLB and Bud Selig are interested in protecting the integrity of the game. The players union has finally come to accept that position as well. Everyone is tired of the cheaters.
And A-Roid and Ryan Braun will still make nearly a quarter of a billion dollars combined after their suspensions. Their suspensions won't really hurt them, so MLB is still telling players and potential cheaters that it does indeed pay to use performance-enhancing drugs.
The only thing that will adequately deter the use of steroids is the threat of a complete and utter destruction of careers. It must be nuclear and irreversible. If you use, you'll be looking for a new line of work.
It may sound harsh, but it's the only way to truly clean up the game.
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