This offseason, baseball will debate weather to add reply to their game. But, steriods are a bigger problem, and something needs to be done. This offseason, baseball's number one priority should be PEDs, not replay. It's a problem that needs some serious fixing. And, now.
Over the past few days, it leaked that Alex Rodriguez's "inner circle" leaked to the MLB over who was involved in the Biogenesis scandal. He had received Tony Bosch's lists himself. Ryan Braun is trying to be the "anti-A-Rod" by going on an appology tour to try and regain his reputation.
Alex Rodriguez just is ruining himself. It feels like he can't help himself, or his reputation anymore. He is just running into a wall, backing up, and running into it again. This is becoming a mess, for baseball, and himself. He's betraying other players, not that getting caught is a bad thing, it's a good thing, but getting caught by another one of you (Rodriguez was suspended in the same case)? That just hurts.
Ryan Braun, on the other hand, is trying to restore himself as a person. He admitted that he took steriods in the 2011 season, the year he won National League MVP, and is trying to apologize to everyone all the time. The only way I'd even think about considering to root for Braun again is if he does one thing, and one thing only. Major League Baseball should have him speak at a "clinic" to try and tell rookies why steriods are bad. The National Football League has a similar clinic, as they try and teach rookies to be good people. And, they have players who have gotten into trouble before speak at the clinics. Baseball needs to learn from football.
The MLB also has to show more disipline when treating with PEDs, making the suspensions more strict. If this Biogenesis scandal has proven anything, players are taking PEDs, and they need more disipline if they are caught. I think 162 game suspensions should be dealt out for first time bans, and lifetimes bans for their second offense. Some other people also believe teams should be penalized for signing former offenders, which isn't completely a bad idea. But, I don't think teams should be penalized for signing these players, because it's the player's fault for taking the PEDs in general.
Baseball needs to change something to fix this problem, and Rodriguez and Braun are great examples of failed tries to get away with the drug. I am saddened every time I see yet another player is suspended for PEDs. This offseason baseball needs to forget about replay, and worry about steriods. It should be the number ONE priority.