Oh again, for memory’s sake, what I suggested MLB say, but they didn’t:
“While we recognize the current CBA allows for players who have tested positive for PED’s will be eligible for the All Star Game and any seasonal awards, we are requesting a meeting with the leaders of the MLBPA after the season ends. We hope that we can agree to amend the CBA so that the spirit of the game matches the rules of the game.”
Of course they didn’t at the time. At least they caught up now.
Warning: Mini rant ahead…feel free to ignore.
Things have changed a bit since 2009. We’re still talking about Roger Clemens and dirty syringes, sadly, but we’re a heckuvalot further along with our thinking about PEDs and the game (at least I want to think so). However… regardless of your stance on PEDs in the game and whatnot, it’s hard to argue against this rule change. The rest of the amended rules are also seemingly reasonable and seek to close loopholes exposed in Le Affair Braun, as buddy Craig noted here, although there is no discussion of DUI’s.
Of course, guys like Jeff Bagwell are being kept out of the HOF not because they admitted using PED’s, or been accused of using, or been named in The Mitchell Report, but simply part of a “guilt by association” or “he got really strong so he must have used” whisper-fest. Maybe we really haven’t come that far after all.
I’ve been banging my chest on a few off-the-field things since I started writing online at the very end of 2007. One is the shattered bats. The other is the All Star Game. One of them is mostly meaningless, yet we continue to get all wrinkly when we see things that confound us and don’t make much sense. The other remains a problem and like these rule changes above, nothing will be done until something catastrophic happens.
Part of my ASG rants and rules change suggestions has been implemented. Finally. Now, let’s address my last ASG ranty-rant:
You cannot have a game that counts with a selection process that is fit for an exhibition. It’s dumb.
And once someone is seriously wounded at the wrong end of a shattered bat, you know who is going to be yelling the loudest. This guy. The same guy who has been yelling the loudest for years.