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I have wondered if it would be more effective to require a team to forfeit any game in which a player paticipates, who tests positive for PEDs. Would that create the peer pressure needed for a PED free game? Would MLB hide results of players on marquis teams? Just throwing this out there.
Again, I tip my cap to the Giants as an organization for not activating Melky for the Postseason. That showed a ton of integrity and restraint on their part. And they were rewarded with another World Series championship.
They are not allowed by the rules of the Players Association to test their players more often than they do.
I think it might lead to teams becoming more proactive about making sure their players don't fail tests. Either that means stopping them from using PEDs, or stopping MLB from finding out they used PEDs.
a) teams don't think PEDS (or at least whatever Melky was on) have much effect. Yes, an untested Melky makes a lot more this offseason than the real one but still, two years ago Melky the FA got $1.5 M. Melky just signed for $6 M more than Jonny Gomes. And the Jays are hoping this deal will be a bargain which means they think real Melky might actually hit.
The 1993 Phillies helped the future sports pundit careers of Williams, Schilling and Kruk. When you add in Dykstra, this team may have had more of a negative effect on MLB than the Black Sox.
Do you want daily tests before and after games? The cost (and loss of precious bodily fluids) would be enormous.
In lieu of this regular bloodletting, I recommend the use of genetically adapted leeches to detect illegal PED's. I assume that Jeffrey Loria's DNA would suffice for this purpose.
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