TV Timeout: MLB To Increase PED Punishments For '14?

An interesting tidbit came out of today's ad nauseum discussions about the MLB player suspensions and the fallout of the Biogenesis scandal. ESPN’s Buster Olney said he "talked with an influential player" in the big leagues that told him "he would be shocked if the drug testing rules are not strengthened during the offseason" in light of the suspensions of Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and others (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 8/5).

Meanwhile, the Boston Globe's Bob Ryan said of Bud Selig's stance on the anticipated punishment of Alex Rodriguez: "This is a vindictive thing on the part of the commissioner, who is trying to protect himself and clean up his own legacy because he's responsible for what happened in the nineties." Ryan said Selig is "going to make A-Rod the example" (“The Sports Reporters,” ESPN, 8/4).

NOT FIT FOR A KING? ESPN’s Howard Bryant on the idea that Heat F LeBron James could be the next president of the NBPA: "He did not even for one day attend college, and yet thinks he should represent his fellow players in negotiating a collective bargaining agreement. This has disaster written all over it. Baseball historically has had the best union ... because it never allows an active player to run it." Bryant added, "It’s admirable that James may be thinking beyond himself. But wanting the job is one thing, being over-matched at the bargaining table is something else" (“The Sports Reporters,” ESPN, 8/4).
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