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O's RF rips PED players for 'stealing money'

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07:21 AM ET 08.06 | Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis chose not to hold his tongue. Markakis says the only way baseball will rid itself of performance-enhancing drugs is to stiffen its penalties, which he believes should, at the least, include a five-year suspension for a first-time offender. And, if Major League Baseball and the players' union would ever consider a lifetime ban for anyone caught using PEDs, Markakis said he would "100 percent" support that proposal. ... "They are taking opportunities away and they are basically stealing," Markakis said. "Stealing money away from owners because they are basically purchasing damaged products. It's not a good situation all the way around. And all of us that have done it the right way, we are going to suffer."

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August 6, 2013  07:32 AM ET

I doubt the players union would ever buy into that, but it's a good idea.

August 6, 2013  07:36 AM ET

"Stealing money away from owners"

As if any ballplayer ever cared anything about that.

August 6, 2013  07:42 AM ET

Shut up you idiot. Another self appointed public avenger.

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August 6, 2013  08:29 AM ET

First of all, you never know with these things. Having said that, I think Nick Markakis is a clean player who would greatly benefit from steroids. He's a plus 70 guy with an 800 OPS, with steroids he'd probably be closer to a 900+ OPS guy (like Braun) and, given his defense, a Hall-of-Fame type guy. I assume this is why he is so mad. He believes he's better than Braun and others who have cheated and benefited from said cheating.

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August 6, 2013  08:32 AM ET

If it weren't for the Drug Players, you would be making nothing!!!

August 6, 2013  08:33 AM ET

Palmiero, Tejada. Word association game. Name the team, name the PEDer.

August 6, 2013  08:39 AM ET

What is his problem. NO MLB player has been suspended from a drug test this year. NONE. So all is fine.

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August 6, 2013  09:05 AM ET
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Illogical reasoning.

Meant as irony. He is right, but it will not happen because it cannot happen because the only testing tool is obviously flawed beyond usefulness.

August 6, 2013  09:06 AM ET

It warmed my little black heart to read that the boos for A-roid would drown out a jet.

August 6, 2013  09:10 AM ET

I find it laughable when players show so much concern for the owner's money...if it weren't for the player's union and a CBA, these owners would not as "Generous" as they seem to be. I am also convinced some of these owners knew they had dirty players on their teams, it wasn't until MLB had to step in that these owners and GMs started turning on their fallen Aces for the great good of the sport....

August 6, 2013  09:14 AM ET

There has always been cheating in baseball with scuffed balls and loaded bats in the past. I imagine players every day now look for ways to get the edge on batters or pitchers. Right now there are players in the Hall who have cheated their way to Cooperstown. The only way to either stop it or slow it down is to start hitting them in the wallet with a years suspension for 1st offense and second offense LIFE.

August 6, 2013  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

What is his problem. NO MLB player has been suspended from a drug test this year. NONE. So all is fine.

Filed under "Nothing to see here"...

Signed - Rank and File

August 6, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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I find it laughable when players show so much concern for the owner's money...if it weren't for the player's union and a CBA, these owners would not as "Generous" as they seem to be. I am also convinced some of these owners knew they had dirty players on their teams, it wasn't until MLB had to step in that these owners and GMs started turning on their fallen Aces for the great good of the sport....

Oh yes - owners knew. But those dirty players were making them money so they looked the other way.

August 6, 2013  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

There has always been cheating in baseball with scuffed balls and loaded bats in the past. I imagine players every day now look for ways to get the edge on batters or pitchers. Right now there are players in the Hall who have cheated their way to Cooperstown. The only way to either stop it or slow it down is to start hitting them in the wallet with a years suspension for 1st offense and second offense LIFE.

Whitey Ford doctored the ball his entire career. But he didn't stick a needle in his butt.

 
August 6, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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It warmed my little black heart to read that the boos for A-roid would drown out a jet.

Yeah, but it was Chicago. He'd get booed there no matter what. I want to hear him get booed in New York.

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