Until the unidentified players who have tested positive are eliminated from the game and others are discouraged from trying what they have, Major League Baseball will simply be a major disappointment.
It’s been 94 years since a former Logansport resident, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, left the federal judicial bench to become the first commissioner of baseball. He cleaned up a game gambling could have ruined, and though he banned players for life in some cases, he sent a message and set a standard for fairness in athletic competition that current Major Leaguers who are cheating have failed to respect.
The use of banned performance-enhancing drugs and other substances such as supplements has been allowed for too long in baseball, and it sends a tacit message to amateurs that if it’s OK for Major League Baseball, it’s OK for everyone else. But it’s not.
It’s time for the second Commissioner Landis to be appointed and for Major League Baseball to reassert its primary responsibility: To guarantee fair play at the plate, in the basepaths, in front office hiring and even in the locker room and training room. It’s time to ban players who use banned substances for life.
Dave Kitchell is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.