Bud, It’s Time for a Change

July 11, 2013 | Matt Costantini


The time for change is now.  It’s time to set the new precedent for PED use and cheaters in baseball.  With players openly mocking the system and its punishments Bud Selig needs to lay down the law. 

After becoming the butt of the Ryan Braun story that broke last year MLB’s commissioner needs to make players aware that performance enhancers will no longer be acceptable.  Braun of course, got off on a technicality last year after he supposedly tested positive but a slip up in the urine delivery department exonerated him of any suspensions or penalties. 

Then on the other end of the PED spectrum you have Alex Rodriguez, who is poster-boy for everything that is wrong with baseball today, admitted to PED use in a 2009 press-conference.  A-Rod, signs an out of this world contract that he could never possibly live up to, admits to using banned substances, and has his page in record books that should be ripped out and burned.

If Bud Selig wants his game cleaned up and straightened out the way it should be he needs to start making 100 game suspensions the norm, second time offenders a full season, and third time offenders lifetime bans. 

Manny Ramirez gets popped for the SECOND time and hops on his off-white horse and rides out to Taiwan instead of facing his 100 game suspension.  So let me get this straight, Manny can retire in 2011 from the Tampa Bay Rays, go to another country and play ball, then return back to MLB with no consequences?  That’s a joke, and enabling all of the players trying to destroy the sanctity of the game.

I don’t care about the fact that Ramirez is too old to have a positive effect on a team in the Majors.  Bud Selig is letting his League get mud in the face by allowing this.

Don’t get me wrong I’m not a baseball purist or anything but I am sick of seeing players that you follow and cheer for getting popped for cheating and tarnishing records, pennant runs, and possibly World Series.

I don’t want to associate the most Home Runs in a single season to a guy who has been convicted of Federal felonies. 

I’m sick of hearing people tell me that Barry Bonds would’ve been a Hall of Famer anyway. 

It pisses me off that one of the most exhilarating baseball seasons in my life was as real as a Title Bout on Monday Night Raw.  While I’m glued to a TV watching Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire have a physically enhanced strong-man competition when guys like Ken Griffey Jr, Jim Thome, and Frank Thomas should have been receiving the attention. 

This is Bud Selig’s chance to change the culture and clean the game.  Start handing out full season suspensions, revoke awards, and take a sifter to the record books.

Don’t force this young generation of baseball fans watch all of their “heroes” get dragged through the mud like I did.

-Matt Costantini