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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Renck: Colorado Rockies’ Michael Cuddyer wants performance-enhancing cheaters hit hard

But Andrés Galarraga’s 1996 splits are okey-dokey.

“The sport keeps getting black eyes. You get through one storm and you get punched in the other eye with another one,” Cuddyer told The Denver Post after a weather-shortened practice. “It gets old.”

...Cuddyer wants a one-year suspension for the first positive test and a lifetime ban for the second.

“I think 100 percent guys would be for it. I can’t speak for everybody, but listening to certain guys’ comments and talking to certain guys, I think guys would be all for stiffer penalties,” said Cuddyer, 33, who is entering his 13th season in the majors, second with the Rockies. “That’s a full year’s pay and then you can never play again. If that’s not a deterrent, I don’t know what is.”

...The players I talk to want a tough, strong policy. They want a level playing field with major penalties for rogues.

“The game is getting clean, but when we continue to see stuff (like Biogenesis) pop up, it looks like we are not. It would definitely take clean players stepping up and asking for more (discipline),” Cuddyer said. “I firmly believe there’s more clean players than not. If we are serious about this, we should do it.”

Interestingly, Cuddyer cited Braun’s case last spring as a reason for more severe punishment. That Braun escaped suspension because of a chain-of-custody violation with his urine sample is proof the system works.

“You hear the argument: ‘What about a false positive?’ I get that. At the same time, we’ve seen guys admit to it and guys who have gone through the appeals process and not be suspended,” Cuddyer said. “That tells me if there’s a mistake, it gets righted in the end.”

...“If baseball players get held to a higher standard, that’s fine,” Cuddyer said. “I get tired of the continuing cycle of baseball getting punched in the nose.”

Repoz Posted: February 23, 2013 at 02:50 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 23, 2013 at 03:19 PM (#4374831)
“I think 100 percent guys would be for it. I can’t speak for everybody"

Fielder and Sabathia and Sandoval and Cabrera and Broxton push the total up another 3% or 4%.
   2. Ray (RDP) Posted: February 23, 2013 at 04:16 PM (#4374902)
“I think 100 percent guys would be for it. I can’t speak for everybody"

"I'm for it so that's 101% right there."

--Rickey H.
   3. Darren Posted: February 23, 2013 at 05:47 PM (#4374948)
I can't wait for the story about the player who wants lighter penalties.
   4. OCF Posted: February 23, 2013 at 05:53 PM (#4374950)
There seems to be a steady drip of players calling for harsher penalties. Some of them are retired players, for whom talk is cheap and consequences are few, but there's a list of active players who have said this, and that list is growing. All I can think is this: sooner or later, someone on that list is going to test positive.
   5. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 23, 2013 at 05:55 PM (#4374951)
I can't wait for the story about the player who wants lighter penalties.

Didn't we just hear that from Mike Schmidt?
   6. Transmission Posted: February 23, 2013 at 07:44 PM (#4374979)
   7. Transmission Posted: February 23, 2013 at 07:44 PM (#4374980)
   8. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: February 23, 2013 at 10:24 PM (#4375013)
"I'm for it so that's 101% right there."

--Rickey H

In Rickey's case, that was a true statement.

Why wouldn't guys who are clean not want severe punishments? In their eyes they could be losing millions of dollars to guys breaking the rules.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: February 24, 2013 at 12:05 AM (#4375033)
Rox fans want Cuddyer to hit the ball hard.
   10. valuearbitrageur Posted: February 24, 2013 at 01:23 PM (#4375222)
[Rox fans want Cuddyer to hit the ball hard.

They want him to take steroids. They just don't want the other teams players to take steroids.

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