Just a few short years ago a lot of people were wondering how to fix the baseball steroid problem.
Now, everyone (well, mostly everyone) realizes that this problem will never go away, mostly because baseball will never do what it should.
Bud Selig and members of the MLB Players Union have said publicly that they would do anything and everything they could to solve the problem. Unfortunately, their actions, have proven, time and time again, that they want to cover-up as much as they can, hoping it just goes away.
Baseball wanted it both ways—they wanted to destroy Barry Bonds, but leave everyone else alone. And they were on their way to achieving their goal until something worse than their worst nightmare came to fruition—the government got involved.
MLB gave in to the government's wishes, implementing random performance-enhancing drug testing and steep punishments for those caught. But only third- and fourth-tier players were caught with positive tests.
So, getting Barry Bonds and punishing someone, anyone, other than big-name players was enough for the steroid problem and the government to go away and leave baseball alone.
But the government got ahold of positive tests and saw that only a handful of players were getting the punishment they deserved.
Then came the Mitchell Report.
Suddenly, Roger Clemens denied everything up and down. Ivan Rodrigeuz, Miguel Tejada, Andy Pettite, and Jason Giambi were suddenly being asked about their own personal use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Now, Spring Training is right around the corner. Everyone is looking forward to another great season of baseball.
Now, suddenly 104 players have been caught, including the man that Bud Selig praised as the next home-run record holder. The newest indictee is the man that Bud Selig said we should all admire and look up to because he will have record after record when he is done, and he did it all naturally—Alex Rodriguez.
Now, let me guess what will happen next. Bud Selig is going to come out and say that he had no knowledge of A-Rod using steroids. After all, Selig would have some explaining to do if he said all of those things before while knowing A-Rod cheated.
After all, baseball fans have been through with steroids, would it really surprise anyone if Manny Ramirez tested positive? David Ortiz? Albert Pujols? Derek Jeter? None of these players would surprise me anymore.
Baseball, however, can fix the problem. But the changes they make must be quick. I suggest the following steps:
1.) Stop covering everything up, or at least trying to cover up.
2.) Make public all players who have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, how many times, and when they did it.
3.) Test each player twice a month. If a player tests positive, test them again to ensure the first was not a mistake.
4.) If a player tests positive, they will no longer be able to play Major League Baseball, and they will be suspended from anything associated with Major League Baseball. Forever.
After the Black Sox scandal of 1919, then-commissioner Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis put his foot down regarding gambling.
Will Bud Selig do the same with steroids?
Better yet, does the public really care if these guys are on steroids? This has been a front-page problem for nearly a decade, yet seats are still full, and merchandise still gets sold. Does baseball even need to make an attempt to stop this?
If they feel they do, the four steps above would probably do the trick.