David Wright: Should He Become Baseball's PED Police?

Wendy AdairAnalyst IJanuary 16, 2010

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 14:  National League All-Star David Wright of the New York Mets bats during the 2009 MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium on July 14, 2009 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Even though 2009 was a disappointing season for David Wright for many reasons, he is still a feared slugger and can never be considered an easy out.

Besides being the Mets spokesperson and unofficial Captain, Wright is one of the most well liked players by opposing teams and fans alike.  He is professional, kind, charitable and stands behind his convictions 110% while remaining polite and courteous.

Earlier this week, Mike Francesca asked Wright about the PED scandal and how it affects today's game and the images of those who are accused or suspected of illegal activity.

Here is an article from Sporting News about some of the things that Wright said on this issue: http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/article/2010-01-14/mets-wright-favor-stricter-drug-testin

Francesca also asked Wright if a stricter policy is something that he would initiate within MLB.  Wright understandably was a bit non- committal on the subject because that would involve him going to several players who he considers drug-free. 

A committee could be formed to ensure that today's players are performing to the best of their ability without the help of steroids and other banned substances.

Wright's father, Rhon Wright,  is a Assistant Chief of Police in Norfolk VA, and has spent several years in the Narcotics and Vice Division. 

Assistant Chief Wright taught David and his three younger brothers from an early age that drugs should be stayed away from and not tolerated on any level.

When the Mitchell Report came out in late 2007, many players were named, one of them was Paul LoDuca, who is Wright's former Mets teammate and the two are still close friends.

Wright said at the time "I will stand beside him in battle every day, but if he did something illegal, I cannot condone that, no matter what our relationship."

While it would be good for baseball for Wright and other players who are considered  good baseball and community citizens to form and maintain a committee for zero-tolerance on PED's it may be a daunting task.

This initiative would benefit all clean players, but it is likely more involved than Francesca could imagine possible in modern baseball times.