“Tell the Baseball Druggies: Strike One, You’re Out – Big league baseball needs a new drug policy: One violation and you’re out.”
“The eminent Bart Giamatti…commissioner of Major League Baseball in 1989…often spoke of why the rules of the game…are inviolable. Games, he’d say, are defined by rules without which there can be no games. When rules are ignored, the event becomes entertainment and ceases to be a true athletic contest. The result is then professional wrestling or theater—but not sport.
Obviously we have learned that…the end of baseball’s…steroid era were wrong. …performance-enhancing drugs…used today are not…steroid classification, but drugs on the MLB’s banned substances list…are reportedly still being used.
Clearly, the deterrent for use of these drugs at the professional level must be tougher. In Major League Baseball, a violation of the gambling prohibition results in permanent expulsion from the game. As a result, there is no gambling problem in baseball. The same punishment for a first-time drug violation is now warranted—one drug violation and a player is gone from the game, forever.”