Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson thinks MLB should be taking a tougher stance on performance enhancing drugs. As it stands, a player is suspended 50 games for their first failed drug test, the penalty Melky Cabrera received yesterday. A 100 game suspension is the penalty for a second failed test. And a lifetime ban after a third failed test.
Gibson believes that the penalties should be harsher. Under Gibson’s plan, Cabrera would be facing a season-long suspension. And if he failed a second test, Cabrera would be banned for life.
“I don’t have an exact number,” Gibson said. “I think it should be a minimum of a year (for a first positive) and after that it should just be banned.”
In nine games against Gibson’s squad, Cabrera hit.462 with three doubles, two homers, eight runs scored and six RBIs and the Giants won 4 out of 9. And Gibson has not forgotten the impact the now tainted Cabrera had in those games.
“He’s had a huge impact against us,” Gibson said. “And then you go back to 2008 with the Manny thing. Huge impact. You compare like in the NCAA with Penn State. All those people are gone and Penn State is paying for it. Here it’s just tied to the individual. I think we need much stronger ramifications for that type of activity. It just absolutely cannot be tolerated.”
If MLB really wants to rid the game of PEDs, maybe they should do something like this. Because obviously what’s currently in place is not deterring players from cheating.