By Joe McDonald at 3 March, 2013, 2:42 am
While meeting with the media on Saturday, Commissioner Bud Selig announced that he’s pushing hard for Major League Baseball and the players’ association to come to terms on stricter punishments for performance-enhancing drug offenses, with an eye towards first and second time offenders.
Under the current system, first time offenders face a suspension of 50 games, second time offenders get 100 games and a third offense results in a lifetime ban. According to Selig, that scale hasn't done enough to deter players from taking their chances with PEDs, and the sooner they put more significant sanctions in place the better.
Here’s a snippet of the announcement courtesy of USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale :
"My view," Selig said, "is that it should be done as expeditiously as possible…. "We've made meaningful adjustments to our testing and now the time has come to make meaningful adjustments to our penalties. I feel very strongly about this.
"This is for the best interest of this sport, and everybody in it."
It seems one of the motivating factors behind Selig’s new push stems from Melky Cabrera’s 50-game suspension for testosterone and his connection to the the Biogenesis facility in South Florida. Selig basically feels that Cabrera, who inked a two-year, $16 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays during offseason, actually came out ahead, which doesn’t exactly send the message to players that MLB desires.