In the absence of seeing the evidence, it does seem like Alex Rodriguez is getting what he deserves. Same can be said for the rest of the Biogenesis 13. Commissioner Bud Selig is receiving much kudos for nailing A-Rod and for cleaning up baseball. However, one major hole in all of this is that these players were not busted by drug tests (previously, Ryan Braun was but it got overturned on a technicality). They were caught by an investigation of a fraudulent clinic, text messages and emails and a rat looking to save his own hide.
One of the reasons, or the main reason we are given as to the length of Rodriguez’s suspension is that he repeatedly used PED’s over three years. So he used PED’s for three years and didn’t fail one drug test? What does that say about the efficiency of the major league baseball-testing program?
As fans, are we to believe that only the Biogenesis 13 have been the only recent cheats? Apparently the cheaters are way ahead of the testing once again.
After an initial lowering of numbers when testing was first implemented, there has been some interesting increase in productivity in certain players again. It’s as if they now feel comfortable with the testing that is in place and that they know how to get around it. At least the risk of the 50 game first time suspension is worth the reward of getting a bigger contract… or in the case of an older or fringe player, any contract at all.
I won’t suggest anyone in particular, because I don’t have a morsel of evidence to do so. But when you look at baseball’s history and the fact that the Biogenesis 13 were not suspended for failing any tests you have wonder, who else is doing it?
No, the chapter, ending with A-Rod doesn’t shut the door on steroids/ PED use in baseball, it keeps it wide open.