Amnesty

Joe Maddon has proposed an amnesty program for PED users:

Maddon suggested Wednesday that MLB implement an amnesty program for the reported 103 other players who tested positive then take strong measures to make sure there are no future violations.

“I’m just looking forward to the day that we move beyond it,” Maddon said upon arrival at the new spring training complex. “For me, it really needs to come to the point where I’d like to see like an amnesty, basically, and move forward, and then create a situation where the penalties are so severe, nobody would ever even consider doing it again.

“But to continually drag it in the muck, I don’t know what positive, useful purpose it serves. … It’s been exposed, the boil’s been lanced; let it heal. And then move forward and understand that a lot of people screwed up, not just a couple.”

Only problem — and it’s, you know, a pretty huge one — is that under the terms of the 2003 testing program, no one could have been punished for it anyway. And it’s not like MLB discipline is even a problem. The problem is that anyone caught using steroids is made an utter pariah by the professionally outraged baseball media, and there is no amnesty program short of the suspension of the First Amendment that can do anything about that.

If there was ever to be anything approaching a workable amnesty setup, it would have been a law enforcement/baseball deal associated with the Mitchell Report and the BALCO/Radomski/McNamee/Novitsky business. That would have had at least some media buy-in and could very well have prompted something at least approaching a thorough clearing of the air. Never happened though, because (a) the feds are far more interested in prosecuting the War on Drugs than they are in actually stopping drug use; and (b) baseball has never really wanted a clearing of the air. They wanted a nice phony End Point. And they got it for about a year, but now it’s gone.

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  1. Rob said...

    Aside from a few players who have been truly ostracized (Bonds, McGwire, et al.), most players who have tested positive or otherwise caught have been a relative non-story.

    I don’t think Giambi has been made a pariah.  Ditto for Ryan Franklin, Rafael Betancourt, Mike Cameron, Jose Guillen, or Guillermo Mota.

  2. GBS said...

    Amnesty?!?!  Why is Joe Maddon or anyone else – like ESPN at their MLB home page last night -  talking about amnesty and/or what sort of punishment should/could be inflicted on A-Rod or any of the other 103 players who tested positive?

    There was no punishment whatsoever in place for this survey testing.  And under the guidelines of this supposedly-anonymous testing, no particular player was ever supposed to have been identified.

    The idea of punishing these players is absolutely absurd.  If Bud Selig tried to punish anyone for the 2003 testing, the MLBPA should jump to the players’ defense instantly.  Of course, given the Players Association’s role in the failure to destroy the test results, if I were one of the 104, I’d get my own lawyer.

  3. Pete Toms said...

    I didn’t RTA but I agree that Maddon (who has a rep as being a very enlightened guy relative to his peers in the baseball world) is off target here.  Yes, obviously the biggest potential problem with outing everybody is that some or all of them become subject to federal investigation and/or get dragged in front of Congress.

  4. pete said...

    Aside from a few players who have been truly ostracized (Bonds, McGwire, et al.), most players who have tested positive or otherwise caught have been a relative non-story.

    I don’t think Giambi has been made a pariah.  Ditto for Ryan Franklin, Rafael Betancourt, Mike Cameron, Jose Guillen, or Guillermo Mota.

    Basically: Nobody cares if you use steroids*.

    *As long as you aren’t breaking records. Then it’s about the children. And the integrity of the game.

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