Baseball’s ‘PED-Day’ coming, but debate continues about long-term effects

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Not like the old days, Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax recalled.

“There’s talk that with 50 games and the millions players make, it might not be enough. I’m not saying that, there’s just talk,” he said. “Back then we had suspensions, but nothing like this with drugs.”

Fellow Hall of Famer Robin Yount said he hoped the Biogenesis case “will put an end to this, once and for all.”

“It’s just not necessary any more. With the drug testing in place — again I’m no expert on it — but I would certainly like to believe that it’s a good enough program that you can’t get away with it,” he said. “There was a day where there was an argument where you had to do it prior to drug testing, to keep up. I’d like to believe those days are gone.”

Angels player rep C.J. Wilson stressed that players taking PEDs affect more than themselves.

“The home runs that are hit because a guy’s on performance-enhancing substances, those ruin somebody’s ERA, which runs their arbitration case, which ruins their salary,” the pitcher said.

“So it’s a whole domino effect of things that can happen. If you think about it, the impact a performance-enhancing drug had on a guy who goes out and wins the All-Star game for his league, and then his team happens to get home-field advantage in the World Series and happens to win the World Series — I mean, there’s a consequence to every action,” he said.

Even so, major league home run leader Chris Davis isn’t sure this case will serve as a deterrent.

“Guys have obviously been suspended in the past and it hasn’t stopped everybody,” the Baltimore slugger said. “It’s a black eye for baseball. As hard as our testing is, as sophisticated as it is, why would you even try? But I guess there are people out there doing it.”

Boston first baseman Mike Napoli said he’s glad this latest drug episode seemingly is coming to a close.

“We want it to just be cleaned up and be over with,” he said. “People look at baseball and they’ve got to see Biogenesis stuff on TV all the time.”

“It kind of stinks,” he said. “They talk about it five hours during the day — Biogenesis this, that.”

And probably more drug cases in the future, Mets pitcher LaTroy Hawkins predicted.

“There is always going to be somebody that pushes the envelope. You know if you rob a bank and you get caught you’re going to go to prison, right? Does that stop people from robbing banks? No.”

“It’s life. It’s what happens. It’s the world, it’s society,” he added. “Everybody is trying to get ahead. I’m not condoning it, but that’s just the way it is.”

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