Yesterday, 13 players were officially suspended by Major League Baseball for their ties to the South Florida anti-aging clinic/performance-enhancing drug hub Biogenesis
- Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez
- Brewers outfield Ryan Braun
- Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz
- Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta
- Mariners catcher Jesus Montero
- Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera
- Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli
- Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo
- Mets utilityman Jordany Valdespin.
- Minor Leaguers Fernando Martinez, Jordan Norberto, Fautino De Los Santos, Cesar Puello and Sergio Escalona
Been there, done that
I would like to propose that as players are found guilty or accept or admit guilt for their involvement in PED related issues, they are publicly identified with a “Scarlet B.”
For those of you who may not recall, as recounted on Wikipedia, The Scarlet Letter is an 1850 book written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston, Massachusetts during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who has been found guilty of adultery and must wear a scarlet “A”, (‘A’ is a symbol of adultery and affair) on her dress as a sign of shame.
I am far from a Puritan, but maybe these guys had an idea worthy of consideration.
For those of you, like myself, who have felt that the punishment meted out yesterday was too weak, perhaps we should add an element of personal disgrace to these players who through their selfishness have hurt their team, their fans, and the very essence of the game itself: it’s history and tradition.
Perhaps personal and permanent embarrassment is the route to go: the placement of the Scarlet B on their Baseball-Reference.com, MLB.com, ESPN.com, etc. and any personal stat page.
So what you say?
You are absolutely correct.
Put it on their uniforms.
It’s not that these guys tripped on a bat and accidentally ingested HGH and testosterone. They knew the risk and their bad judgement should be recognized. Every time they wear their uniform as a player, as coach, on baseball card photo, in an ad, in an old timers game or when they make any kind of appearance in uniform, let’s make sure everyone sees the Scarlet B.
Let’s not let the issue die and be subject to revisionist history. Put it in on their permanent record, as teachers used threaten when we were in school.
Let kids ask, let new or casual fans ask, let every and anyone ask, “Why does that player wear a ‘B’?”
There should be great pride for any player in wearing a major or minor league uniform.
They were worn by the greats and not-so-greats of the game, but they were all good enough to be signed to play professional baseball. Most of them played honestly. Most of them are tired of being tarred by the brush of those who cheat and put their accomplishments in question. Here is one way to single out those who have brought shame to the game.
Use the hash tag #ScarletB and let Braun, Cruz, Peralta and the rest know that their 50-game suspension is not the end of their punishment, but just the beginning.