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Peralta wants tougher PED penalties, too

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07:36 AM ET 02.25 | St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta knows what so many of you -- and his fellow MLB players -- were thinking after he inked the most lucrative deal ever awarded to a player who had been suspended for performance-enhancing drugs. [Said Peralta:] "It's the money. A lot of people try to make a comment on that. I try not to pay attention, but you hear it. Some people say I deserve the contract. Some people say I don't." ... "It was just a stupid mistake. People think I'm a bad guy now. There's nothing I can say about that. But I am not a bad guy." Peralta, in fact, is in favor of stiffer penalties. If they want to increase the penalty from 50 to 100 games, or longer, he's all in. "If they want to make a different rule, I'm fine with it," he says. "I think it would be good if it's tougher."

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February 25, 2014  07:56 AM ET

First offense - 81 games

Second offense - 162 games

Third offense - a career

Each player gets tested bi-monthly.

February 25, 2014  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

First offense - 81 gamesSecond offense - 162 gamesThird offense - a careerEach player gets tested bi-monthly.

1st offense needs to be a full season.

February 25, 2014  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

First offense - 81 gamesSecond offense - 162 gamesThird offense - a careerEach player gets tested bi-monthly.

Why? Nobody fails the test. Wrong test given at the wrong times to reveal the roches they take now. Peralta never failed a test. Unless you change the test itself, it really does not matter much. Only the really unlucky get caught. But MLB really does not want to even go there.

February 25, 2014  09:03 AM ET

Time will tell if it was a good sign for the Cards or PEDS use in the past got Peralta that huge contract.

February 25, 2014  09:49 AM ET

I think Lance Armstrong proves that no amount of testing is going to get ahead in the bio-chemical warfare of sports enhancers. Given that, only extreme penalties will serve as a deterent. Even then I think use will be very wide spread because the rewards are simply too great to resist.

February 25, 2014  11:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

First offense - 81 gamesSecond offense - 162 gamesThird offense - a careerEach player gets tested bi-monthly.

its Peralta trying to mock himself?or he is mocking the league straight like that??

February 25, 2014  11:57 AM ET
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Time will tell if it was a good sign for the Cards or PEDS use in the past got Peralta that huge contract.

Peralta learned,just use some peds and likely you could be rewarded!!

February 25, 2014  12:05 PM ET

Peralta has to be carefull with what he is wishing,,,he may get his wish come truth and there is no changing of heart!!

February 25, 2014  01:06 PM ET

I just wish he'd fix the spelling of his first name.

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February 25, 2014  03:13 PM ET
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Not a big fan of J-honny are you?

Jhonny are you Ka-Weir boy?

 
February 26, 2014  12:15 AM ET

I'm sure he is fine with it. Peralta built his money on PEDs, so if no one else gets the chance, that is fine with him. One might ask themselves, "was it worth it". It would seem so for Jhonny... Just thinking...

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