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Evan Longoria: PED punishment isn't working

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12:01 PM ET 08.09 | Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria has spoken out about the Alex Rodriguez suspension. He thinks that it is unfair for A-Rod to be playing while he appeals this suspension at as the season winds down and pennant races heat up. Longoria also thinks that the 50-game suspension for first-time offenders isn't working and isn't a sufficient deterrent for players considering using PEDs. Major League Baseball just suspended 12 players 50 games for their PED use stemming from the Biogenesis clinic in Miami.

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August 9, 2013  10:28 PM ET

First offense: 81 game suspension, ineligible for postseason play for next two seasons. Contract for next two seasons limited to league minimum.

Second offense: 162 game suspension, ineligible for postseason play for next five seasons. Contract for next five seasons limited to league minimum.

Third offense. Permanent ban. Any monies due forfeited.

August 9, 2013  10:29 PM ET
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First offense: 81 game suspension, ineligible for postseason play for next two seasons. Contract for next two seasons limited to league minimum.Second offense: 162 game suspension, ineligible for postseason play for next five seasons. Contract for next five seasons limited to league minimum.Third offense. Permanent ban. Any monies due forfeited.

Would serve as a disincentive to both players and teams.

August 9, 2013  11:03 PM ET
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Would serve as a disincentive to both players and teams.

You're too nice ... I'd ban them for life ... period
all monies forfieted ...

now that would be a deterrent ...

August 10, 2013  07:41 AM ET

One year ban for first offense. Five year ban for second offense. Lifetime ban for third offense. i think that would work. Less than that means using steroids still pays better than not using steroids.

August 10, 2013  08:01 AM ET

Do you want to get rid of PEDS? Here's how it's done, First Offense, Player 50 Games Team Owner, 2.5 Million Dollar fine. Second offense, Payer 100 Games Team Owner 5.0 Million Dollar fine, Union 2.5 Million Dollar Fine. Third Offense Player banned for life, Team 10 Million Dollar fine, Union 5 Million Dollar fine. If im the arbitrator in ARod's case that's where I'm going, the Commisioner and his Gang of Crooks and The Union would also be held accountable!!! Dats Dat!!!

August 10, 2013  08:53 AM ET

It is meaningless until and unless you can find what you are looking for in the tests, and that is obviously not happening. Been a year since anyone failed that test, so everyone must be clean I guess.

August 10, 2013  10:14 AM ET
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It is meaningless until and unless you can find what you are looking for in the tests, and that is obviously not happening. Been a year since anyone failed that test, so everyone must be clean I guess.

That makes it all the more important that you completely crush anyone whose been caught.

 
August 11, 2013  02:19 AM ET

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