January 30, 2013
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“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, Get out of my sport!”
If Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig cares about salvaging any bit of his league’s already scarce integrity, that must be the message sent to Alex Rodriguez after hearing of Miami News Times’s Tuesday report.
The report claims that Anthony Bosch was the orchestrator of a Miami-based performance enhancing drug syndicate that supplied HGH to some of the biggest names in sports. The list is chock-full of MLB all stars including San Francisco Giants Outfielder Melky Cabrera, Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz, Oakland A’s Heavyweight pitcher Bartolo Colon, third runner up in the National League Cy Young race Gio Gonzales and the aforementioned Yankee third basemen Alex Rodriguez.
Alex Rodriguez is no stranger to controversy regarding his dishonest plunge into the world of PED’s. Just four years ago, a despondent Alex Rodriguez was performing a teary eyed apology for his Yankee teammates about his illegal steroid use during the 2001 to the 2003 seasons. Rodriguez adamantly stated that his years in New York were clean and that his syringe-filled days as a Texas Ranger were behind him. The latest allegations would completely invalidate Rodriguez’s previous admission and once and for all seal him as nothing but A-Fraud.
Major League Baseball has only one option in dealing with Rodrguez’s repeat offenses.
Despite being a baseball purist, “three strikes and your out” is not a valid course of action when a person is found to have cheated America’s pastime.
Back in 2009, Commissioner Bud Selig stated that the damage done to Rodriguez’s image and legacy was punishment enough for steroid use earlier in the decade. The absence of finite disciplinary protocol during that time allowed Rodriguez to receive no consequences for any of his transgressions.
Alex Rodriguez must be made an example of by the commissioner. His current contract ought to be completely voided. Does Rodriguez deserve the 114 million dollars remaining after getting caught in another set of lies?
This would set a precedent from a league that has consistently lagged behind in policing it’s own sport. Instead of letting such an ordeal make its way to the steps of Congress(on the tab of the American Tax Payer), Selig can deal some swift and hard justice by instituting a strict ban for players who repeatedly break Major League Baseball’s drug policy.