Desmond is fast becoming one of the elite shortstops in the game. It's also clear, with comments he made to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, that he's fed up with the game that he loves being sullied by players who choose to cheat by using PEDs.
The MLB Players Association recently stopped by Nationals camp in Viera, Fla., for its annual spring meetings that they conduct with each team. During the meeting, players were encouraged to discuss different ways to help clean up the game and rid the sport of illicit drug use.
Nationals player representative Drew Storen pointed out that players are no longer content to be silent about what's going on in their sport.
“One thing that’s not really written about enough is that guys want this,” Storen told Comak.
Desmond made a proposal that is certainly eye-opening. He suggested that players be forced to not only lose their salary when they test positive for PED use, but that they continue playing during the 50-game suspension span.
“It’s the manager’s discretion, if he thinks the player is performing, then he plays. If not, he’s on the bench, but he’s around,” Desmond said. “Your face is in front of the camera, you have to deal with your teammates, and if you don’t play up to your potential, then if you hit free agency, people are going to see a true evaluation of you."
Desmond admitted the idea was unpolished.
In light of the recent Biogenesis scandal, the focus on PEDs is once again on the forefront. MLB and the MLBPA are certainly becoming more united in seeing that baseball is not only rid of performance-enhancing substances, but they're also intent on seeing just punishment for those that continue to try to cheat.
Desmond's idea is not without merit. But there are some flaws as well.
Here are some pros and cons to Desmond's PED punishment suggestion.