Is no one clean in Major League Baseball anymore? The 2011 National League Most Valuable Player, Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. He was asked to give urine samples during the playoffs, and he knew weeks before he got the award that he was going to face a suspension. The tests showed that Braun had a large amount of synthetic testosterone in his body, meaning the testosterone wasn’t made by his body. This Brewer’s outfielder was one of the young stars that we all thought was playing drug free, but apparently we were all wrong.
Bud Selig has come out into the public numerous times and told the media that they have “serious” drug tests starting all the way down in the minor leagues, but if that is the case then why are so many people testing positive for PED in the major leagues? And the better question to ask is if Selig and Braun knew about these tests weeks before the MVP voting had taken place, why didn’t anyone bring this news to the public? They all kept this under wraps, and let Braun accept and award that he knew he didn’t deserve because he has used PED.
Major League Baseball needs to crack down on this testing, because more and more “clean superstars” are being exposed as cheaters, and they are ruining the game of baseball all together. The award should have been given to Matt Kemp, the outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Braun should of come out and said that he tested positive for PED, and not sat there with a smile on his face and accepted an award he knew he cheated to get.
There are only a select few left in major league baseball that we assume they are drug free, and we can only hope that we are being told the truth. Albert Pujols is on pace to shatter many of the batting records and become one of the greatest hitters of all time, and being a baseball fan, I am praying that he has done it clean. The same goes for Derek Jeter, possibly the greatest Yankee of all time. He is the only Yankee to reach 3,000 hits, and he has played shortstop for the Yankees for the past 16 years. If one or both of these players are tested positive, or have tested positive and Selig and the MLB has kept the tests results under wraps, they are doing a dishonest injustice not only to themselves and the players that test positive, but also a dishonest injustice to the fans of the game. Because after all, the fans are the people that sit in those seats, scream their brains out, and put money in the pocket of the team owner and the players that take the field each night.