I have no love for players that decide to cheat by using performance-enhancing drugs.
Yesterday morning, I awoke to the news that notable players were connected to a Miami clinic in a Miami New Times report. Some of those players were already accused of using PED’s in 2012, including outfielder Melky Cabrera, pitcher Bartolo Colón, pitcher Gio Gonzalez, catcher Yasmani Grandal, and a few years ago, Alex Rodriguez. Nelson Cruz, the Rangers outfielder, was named in this report.
Being linked a second time to PEDs really hurts Rodriguez’s chances of being inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. At one point, it seemed like a certainty that A-Rod would break the home run record set by Hank Aaron and he would be the new home run king. Now? Not a chance. It won’t happen. Even if it does, he would be in the same circle as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. The same Clemens, who–at one point in time–was my favorite active pitcher in Major League Baseball.
This Miami clinic is, in essence, the BALCO of the East Coast. This issue will not go away. MLB can and probably will suspend players named in the report. A-Rod recently had hip surgery and is expected to miss the entire 2013 season. If I am the New York Yankees, I would actively be looking into seeing if it would be possible to void the current Rodriguez contract. He’s not getting any younger and is no longer in his prime. Plus, he’s getting way too much money to not be as productive as he could be.
The Cincinnati Reds are suddenly looking smarter every day by trading away Grandal in a package to the San Diego Padres for pitcher Mat Latos.
I have faith that one day, performance-enhancing drugs will finally be out of baseball. However, that day is not today.