What’s it been two weeks? Three weeks? Yet it has happened again – another Major League Baseball player has been suspended for testing positive for a banned substance. This time it is Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz and this time it was amphetamines, for which Ruiz will be suspended for 25 games to begin the 2013 season.
According to Jim Salisbury of Comcast Sports Net Philadelphia, a 25-game suspension for amphetamines means that this is Ruiz’s second offense, as a first offense does not include a suspension and is kept private. I’m thinking that didn’t work too well, did it?
Do you think that the Major League Baseball Players Association care… I mean really care? Care enough to actually do something about this continuing problem, like maybe increasing the penalties to 100 games for a first offense and a lifetime ban for a second offense? I don’t think they do.
Do you think that the so-called “steroid era” is really over? Well, Ruiz is the 34th MLB player to be suspended for testing positive for a banned substance since the MLB and MLBPA went to their self-proclaimed “harsher penalties” in 2005.
And what exactly does the MLBPA have to say about this? Here are their official statements for five of the seven MLB players suspended for testing positive for a banned substance in 2012:
- Carlos Ruiz (Phillies) – “I apologize to my teammates, the Phillies organization and the Philadelphia fans. I will serve the imposed 25-game suspension to begin the season, and I look forward to returning to the field and working toward bringing a championship back to Philadelphia in 2013.”
- Yasmani Grandal (Padres) – “I apologize to the fans, my teammates and to the San Diego Padres. I was disappointed to learn of my positive test and under the joint drug program. I am responsible for what I put into my body. I must accept responsibility for my actions and serve my suspension.”
- Bartolo Colon (Athletics) – “I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A’s. I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension as required by the joint drug program.” (Colon received a one-year/$3 million contract after his suspension with incentives that could push his earnings up to $6 million).
- Melky Cabrera – (Giants) “I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and I will try to move on with my life. I am deeply sorry for my mistake and I apologize to my teammates, to the San Francisco Giants organization and to the fans for letting them down.” (Cabrera received a two-year/$16 million contract after his suspension and also received a full postseason record share of $377,003).
- Freddy Galvis (Phillies) – “I’d like to apologize to my all my fans, especially here in Philadelphia and back home in Venezuela, to my teammates and to the Phillies organization.”
(Note: The MLBPA did not issue a statement for Giants reliever Guillermo Mota, and why should they – it was his second offense; and Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez used a ridiculous story that he received a prescription in the Dominican Republic as part of his treatment to start a family with his wife – give me a freaking break.
I’ll say it again – These guys aren’t sorry, they’re sorry they got caught.
Do you see just how foolish the MLBPA looks making these cookie-cutter, canned, and utterly ridiculous statements? Why don’t they say something like “We’re tired of this crap and we’re going to do something about it. We’re going to make the penalties even stronger. These morons need to understand that their cheating will not be tolerated in the MLB.” That’s what the Major League Baseball Players Association needs to say.
But you know what? They Don’t Care… They Just Don’t Care.