Commissioner Bud Selig Must Take the Fall After Baseball's Latest PED Scandal
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Performance enhancement drug and steroid usage has been a prevalent issue in sports for a long time, but no sport has been more ravaged by it than baseball.
Now, cheating has been unfortunately been a part of the game since the beginning. Mickey Mantle may have used early forms of steroids. Gaylord Perry made a Hall of Fame career out of the use of the now-illegal spitball. Hank Aaron and his contemporaries from the 1950s to the 1970s used amphetamines (known as "greenies") extensively.
But the level of cheating caused by steroids like testosterone and other modern PEDs makes all of that insignificant. Since the 1980s, PEDs have been everywhere you look in Major League Baseball, and they still are even today.
PEDs are still a problem; we are reminded of that with the news breaking about this man Anthony Bosch supposedly supplying notable MLB players such as Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and Melky Cabrera down in Miami.
Despite MLB's attempts to implement drug tests and suspensions for offenders, doping is still very rampant as more forms of PEDs are introduced to the underground of baseball and more players attempt to get around the system.
The answer is simple: MLB and Commissioner Bud Selig have never done enough to get drugs out of the game. The NFL, NBA, NHL, Olympic Committee and NCAA all have had few problems with doping in their respective sports. Almost all of them have simple tests for most drugs and hand out suspensions, fines or even bans.
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Selig turned a blind eye to PED use throughout the '90s and ignorantly celebrated Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds as they cheated their way to breaking historical records. They all ignored warnings of detrimental effects of PEDs from people like Lyle Alzado until it was too late, and doping was everywhere in the early 2000s.
Selig did not act on this drug culture in his sport until he faced pressure from Congress. He enacted band-aid policies for drug testing for some forms of steroids, but not human growth hormone (HGH).
He hired former Senate Majority Leader and Boston Red Sox director George Mitchell to launch an investigation which now seems obsolete, as many previously unnamed players—Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez—were all named in an anonymous drug test from 2003.
After that until now, it seemed the drug culture was starting to decay, as more and more types of drugs became testable and offense declined. Then in 2011 one of the game's biggest stars, Ryan Braun, was found to have failed a drug test. He then got off on a technicality when he tried to prove that his test sample was tampered with by a FedEx guy.
It's pretty clear that beating Selig's broken drug-testing system is not as hard as it is in the NFL or the Olympics.
Now, these revelations of this Miami cartel set up by this Anthony Bosch character linked to several MLB stars have come out, which proves that doping is still a cancer in our sport.
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It's pretty clear that when it comes to dealing with drug use in the sport, Bud Selig has failed in his 22-year tenure as commissioner of Major League Baseball. The sport needs someone who is more aggressive in dealing with this problem before it gets worse yet again.
Selig has done some very good things in his time as commissioner. He has expanded the game to places like Phoenix, Florida and Washington, D.C. He has expanded the playoff system that now allows 10 teams a chance at the World Series. But his greatest and most damning failure has been dealing with steroids.
MLB needs a new commissioner who will go to the distance to get as much of the doping culture out of the sport as possible. It needs someone who will not let liars like Ryan Braun get away with their crimes untouched.
It needs someone who will work with the United States government to keep scum like Anthony Bosch from funding the cheaters in the game. It needs someone who will go down hard on these cheaters like other sports leagues and organizations
It's time for Bud Selig to go, and baseball needs someone who will save it from itself.
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