2013-06-07 / Sports

Losing Trust, Again

By Gerard Gilberto

Major League Baseball is looking to suspend those players involved with a Miami health clinic that is at the center of a performance enhancing drug scandal.

It isn’t exactly a young man’s game just yet but when looking at the crop of Major League talent under the age of 25, 24 or even 21, it’s safe to say the game is in good hands. But how much longer until performance enhancing drugs infiltrate this generation of talent?

Will we ever see Mike Trout become the next Ryan Braun? Will Bryce Harper ever turn into A-Rod?

Commissioner Bud Selig is ready to lay down heavy punishment on the 20 players that were linked to the Biogenesis of America research lab. Players like Braun, who took home National League MVP honors in 2011, Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera have all been named in a testimony by Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch.

Four players at four different stages in their career may have thrown it all away in the same fashion. Braun, probably the most talented player on the list at this moment, had shown us how a bright future can take proper shape, leaving us with questions regarding the development of young talent. Could Braun’s successes at the University of Miami, through his early years of professional baseball into the current prime of his career all be attributed to modern medicine?

Then there’s Melky Cabrera, the for- mer Yankee who had such a great first half of the 2012 season for the San Francisco Giants that he almost won the NL batting title despite serving a 50-game suspension for testing positive for banned substances.

After some good years with the Yankees at the start of his career, Cabrera’s hitting prowess started to teeter off once he left New York, but he came back with a bang in 2012. Could it be that this resurgence could only be attributed to the work of scientists in Miami? Is it fair to someone like Baltimore outfielder Nate McLouth, whose career has followed a very similar path to Cabrera’s, to say that the full comeback cannot be made without cheating?

And, of course, there is Alex Rodriguez. I could not put enough emphasis on the word former when I call him a ‘former’ superstar.

A-Rod is the perfect example of how steroids or performance-enhancers can ruin an image as well as a career. Rodriguez’ name has been linked to different scandals like this one for nearly a decade. He’s far from his prime and it may be too late for a comeback, but it’s not for a lack of cheating.

Selig is sticking with the Major League rules regarding suspensions for positive tests for illegal substances and is looking to hand down 100-game suspensions to those who have already served a 50-game suspension for their first offense. The penalty for a third offense is a lifetime ban from the sport of baseball.

We can only hope that when Selig comes down hard on these players, a precedent could be set for the next generation of superstars; a precedent that could save us from losing trust and gaining disappointment in our future heroes.

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