Every team in baseball has cheaters. I suspect it. So do you. But only those who are caught can be dealt with, whether it’s a player like Cabrera or a team like the Giants. Cabrera was caught and will pay for it. So should the Giants, and while there is no precedent for that in baseball, there is precedent in other sports.
NASCAR deducts points toward the Chase for the Sprint Cup, its postseason, for a failed post-race inspection. That happened in July to Tony Stewart. In European soccer, various leagues dock points from teams for reasons including financial trouble, crowd behavior and—yes—fair play.
Point being, something not only needs to be done—something can be done. Something like this: Dropping a team in the standings if one of its players fails a drug test. Let’s say, 10 percent of the player’s suspension. Since Cabrera was suspended 50 games, the Giants would be docked five games in the standings. Oh, and since Mota was suspended 100 games, there goes another 10 games.
Harsh? Sure. But something has to be done, though Lord knows it won’t be happening this season. Selig isn’t going to channel his inner Roger Goodell and just start making up crap as he goes along, though it would seem fair in this case. It sure would be nauseating for the Giants to eke into the postseason—they’d have to eke past someone else, you see—thanks to a good start featuring the illegally fueled Melky Cabrera.
Posted: August 17, 2012 at 10:32 AM | 65 comment(s)
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