Orioles RF Nick Markakis: PED users are ‘stealing money’

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nick markakisMLB has doled out suspensions to twelve players including the big fish Alex Rodriguez. Now it’s time for the analysis, the high horsing, and the comments of pissed off players and former players.

I’ve done a little analysis on how Rodriguez is the short term winner in all of this. If you’re looking for high horsing, you should know you’re not getting it but. As for pissed off former players, Dan Meyer got the party started yesterday. And today, we get to hear from pissed of current player Nick Markakis.

Markakis spoke to the Baltimore Sun about the suspensions that were handed down and he didn’t hold anything back. And his comments culminated with him saying that PED user are all stealing money.

Orioles right fielder Nick 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.

“No ifs, ands or buts about it,” Markakis said in an exclusive interview with The Baltimore Sun as MLB prepared to announce suspensions in the Biogenesis case. “These guys are big boys; they can make decisions. If I go out there and rob a convenience store, I know the consequences that are coming with it. We are all adults here.”

“I don’t know if any of my teammates have, but I haven’t,” Markakis said. “As part of the collective bargaining agreement, [MLB has] that opportunity. And I don’t know why they haven’t or what the deal is with it. But I think they need to take a better look into it and start going forward with what they say they are going to do. Saying something is one thing, but doing it is another. … I’d give blood every day if I had to. The overall deal is that this is bad for the game.”

“These guys that are doing performance-enhancing drugs are taking away from a lot of other people that are doing it the right way. 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 and have to answer questions about this for a while now. I think that puts us in bad situations that we don’t deserve to be in.”

This isn’t the first time we’ve had someone in baseball call for stiffer penalties. The question is, why isn’t MLB listening?

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