Jhonny Peralta deserves nothing but scorn from the Detroit Tigers and their fans. He is a cheater, a title that will follow him for the rest of his career.
If Major League Baseball had the tough drug-testing policy it should have, Peralta would have been suspended for a year or two, not just 50 games, for taking performance-enhancing drugs provided by Biogenesis, the now-infamous South Florida clinic that doled out testosterone and human growth hormone to greedy major leaguers as if it were handing out peanuts and popcorn in the stands.
But there are others in the Tigers organization who should know better, who should realize that this decision should be about much more than baseball strategy. It’s a referendum, frankly, on just how serious Major League clubs really are about cleaning up their sport’s very serious steroid problem.
...To make a strong statement to your team and to the young people watching it play, a club has to take away meaningful things from cheating players. Clearly, the Tigers have no inclination to do that, which is all the more disappointing because they were given the perfect primer on this subject last year by the Giants, who, ironically, ended up beating them in the World Series.
In 2012, the Giants decided not to bring Cabrera back for the playoffs even though he would have been eligible for the National League Championship Series. He was having a terrific season; he would have won the National League batting title had he not taken himself out of consideration for the honor. (He was hitting .346 when he was suspended.) As important as Peralta is to the Tigers this year, Cabrera was more important to the Giants last year.
Sadly, the Tigers have bungled the Peralta situation from the beginning. The day that he was suspended, Leyland of course was asked about him. Instead of taking the opportunity to talk to kids about cheating, or mention the dangers of PEDs, or offer any worthwhile thoughts at all, Leyland replied, “See ya guys. You were told I wasn’t going to comment on that,” and his pre-game news conference was over in less than 90 seconds.
Based on that performance, it’s no surprise that the mistakes keep on coming in Detroit.
Posted: October 02, 2013 at 06:38 PM | 32 comment(s)
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