Mike Trout made headlines on Monday with his comments advocating a lifetime ban for any player who is caught for PEDs...the first time.
I think MLB is definitely moving in the right direction with getting these guys. For me personally, I think you should be out of the game if you get caught. It takes away from the guys that are working hard every day and doing it all-natural.
Some people are just trying to find that extra edge. It’s tough as a guy that goes out there and plays hard every day and puts 110-percent effort (in) every time. And then you wake up the next day and you see there’s a list of guys that are, you know, on the list. It’s good that MLB caught them and they are moving in the right direction with suspensions and stuff.
Under the current policy, a lifetime ban is issued on the third offense, following 50- and 100-game suspensions.
Trout isn't the first player to ask for such severe punishment, as Skip Schumaker advocated a similar solution earlier this season.
But if MLB wants to rid itself of cheaters, this may be the solution. However, as is the case with any "solution," it isn't perfect.
Let's take a look at the pros and cons of Trout's proposed system.