Miami Marlins second baseman and 2015 National League batting champion Dee Gordon was just suspended for 80 games after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). Despite widespread testing and serious penalties, some people think baseball is still riddled with drugs, and that the penalties for PED use have to be increased.
Should penalties for PED use in baseball be harsher?
After a fantastic 2015 season, Gordon signed a five-year $50 million extension on his contract, and while he will lose $1.3 million of his $3 million annual salary while suspended, he'll still collect $48 million. Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander argues that "it's too easy for guys to serve a suspension and come back and still get paid." He and others want the league to consider voiding multi-year contracts of players who test positive, plus banning cheaters outright from the sport.
Right now, the penalty for PED use is an 80-game suspension for a first offense, a 162-game suspension for a second offense, and a lifetime ban for the third. With intense professional pressure and tens of millions on the line, clearly some players are still willing to risk doping while hoping they evade detection.
What do you think?