Yesterday, thirteen players were suspended for being linked to Performance Enhancing Drugs. From Barry Bonds to Melky Cabrera, baseball has had problems with PEDs in the past. We went through an era of baseball, now called "The Steroid Era", where nearly every good player took some type of PED. Once baseball enhanced their drug testing, players could've given up on the steroids. They could've realized either they weren't good enough, or that they would've had to try harder to become the type of player they wanted to be.
Everything Meyer says is completely true. Antonio Bastardo, the Phillies relief pitcher who was suspended yesterday, did beat Meyer out for the job in the bullpen. Meyer was released by the club, and bounced around in the Majors thereafter. But his second tweet really stated something for us to ponder. Some players missed out on their chances to be in the MLB, due to someone who was on PEDs. That is really sad when one player truly put in the effort to play well, and the other is, in a sense, genetically enhancing their bodies to play better.
As Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish pointed out, thirteen of the nineteen players linked to Biogenesis were either with the agency ACES or had previously been with ACES. Just before Nelson Cruz was suspended, he fired the agency as his agency. This has been the only connection between most of the players. If it happened to be that ACES was reaching out to the players with PEDs, this scandal will be more then just a PED scandal. I'm not sure how I'd feel on the scandal if that was to be true.
But, all in all, steroids are wrong. They don't deserve to be comsumed, and tarnish baseball. The MLB needs to strenghten their grip on testing, and players need to see what is happening to these players. A-Rod is a great example. At age 18, he was supposed to be the rebirth of baseball. Now, at age 38, he's hated by nearly everyone who follows baseball. Other players shouldn't model him, he should be the model NOT to use. Players should see how his reputation was broken, and how it may never be repaired. They need to learn from the cheater's mistakes.