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2016 MLB Season Thread - Page 194

post #2896 of 5143
Aroid officially suspended for 211 regular season games starting August 8th and pending the decision of an arbitrator.

I'm hoping this puts the Yankees under the luxury tax next year so they can continue to buy other teams' stars.
post #2897 of 5143
I don't know much about American sport, but why are they not slapping all these players with life bans?

it seems weird seeing all these players confirmed to be drug cheats and yet able to return to sport. How is 8 weeks off a deterrent?

So strange.
post #2898 of 5143
That is anybody's guess. I think that they did not go for a lifetime ban on Arod because it is bad PR. It would be much easier to suspend him for a year and hope that he just retires.
post #2899 of 5143
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Originally Posted by hendrix View Post

I don't know much about American sport, but why are they not slapping all these players with life bans?

it seems weird seeing all these players confirmed to be drug cheats and yet able to return to sport. How is 8 weeks off a deterrent?

So strange.

There are established benchmarks for first offenses (or first busts, anyway). Plus they have to deal with the players' union and potential grievances. More cynically, they're only motivated to do enough to be seen to be doing something, and not to upend a kettledrum of worms.
post #2900 of 5143
If 8 weeks is the established benchmark for drug cheating then I'm not seeing any deterrent for a young emerging player. Instead, I'm seeing major incentive.

Surely the union would be in favour of harsher sentencing if they're looking after player welfare?
post #2901 of 5143
The union is primarily concerned with getting its players paid. You would think that they would seek to purge cheaters to maintain their image but that is in conflict with their primary concern. You are 100% correct that there is really no disincentive and it really is a shame. Considering Arod has likely been cheating his whole career and this is the first time they are really nailing him the stepped system is meaningless because it would take more than a career to reach a lifetime ban.
post #2902 of 5143
that's fucked up
post #2903 of 5143
They should let A-Rod keep playing so he can try to break Bonds's record and prove once and for all that he is the greatest home run hitter of all time. Then they can suspend him after he breaks the record.
post #2904 of 5143
So in 10 years? He should take the suspension year to repair all of the connective tissue he has damaged by riding a bicycle since high school.
post #2905 of 5143
If MLB leaves him be, I'd say he could break the record in three years.
post #2906 of 5143
Tell us how you really feel about Arod, Chicago!

He's kind of like the Lindsay Lohan of baseball... or is that Josh Hamilton? I don't know.
post #2907 of 5143
Sox drop one to the Stros. LA beats what always seems like an impeccably solid cardinal team. Things even out in the end.

Arod and Bonds. They deserve each other. Seriously. True justice would find them in baseball purgatory, ass to ass, requiem for a dream style, a double ended baseball bat dripping PEDs, fucking them into eternity.
post #2908 of 5143
Tigers win another one over the Indians. Donnie Kelly!!!! happy.gif

Today would have been the only day I could have gone to Cleveland for a game, but the weather prediction is not good: thunderstorms expected tonight. Drat! All those empty seats! In Detroit, every home game has been attracting full houses.
post #2909 of 5143
mlb.tv (even on a roku) has a cool strange viewing/audio option: stadium sounds only.

i watched the redsox astros game and it was hilarious hearing texas accented random rants: "Jeeeezuus Haaaech Cryyayrst!" from the crowd.

i was super excited to hear what the arod in chicago boos would sound like with stadium sounds only but I'm blacked out of the NY team's games. Instead I had to listen to michael kay ffffuuuu.gif or worse the Hawk ffffuuuu.gifffffuuuu.gif
post #2910 of 5143
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Originally Posted by hendrix View Post

If 8 weeks is the established benchmark for drug cheating then I'm not seeing any deterrent for a young emerging player. Instead, I'm seeing major incentive.

IIRC, the suspension is without pay. If you're making the league minimum or even the average, that's a big chunk of change. Plus you're looking at less and less in endorsements... For example, Braun is done earning money outside of baseball. No team would want to market his jerseys, no one wants to be associated with him, that's millions a year.
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