MLB finally takes initiative fighting PED users

Could Melky Cabrera be suspended again for PED use years earlier. Ken Fidlin says if MLB...

Could Melky Cabrera be suspended again for PED use years earlier. Ken Fidlin says if MLB investigators wanted dig deeper, it could happen. (Reuters)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:17 AM ET

SAN FRANCISCO - Fifteen years ago, MLB had to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into the fight against performance enhancing drugs. The powers that be had been studiously ignoring a problem that many of them knew was festering inside their sport.

Most of those early awkward attempts to save face were off-shoots of the U.S. justice system, which saw corruption in pro sports as a way to polish its own halo, while MLB kept its head in the sand.

All these years later, MLB has a new attitude and a voracious appetite to get to the bottom of a drug operation in South Florida that could snare as many as 20 players, according to the ESPN TV program Outside The Lines.

Where once they were reluctant to shed an unsavory light on anything that might tarnish baseball’s reputation, MLB now, correctly, has adopted the philosophy that it can’t rest until and unless it gets rid of the cheating, even if it means exposure and long suspensions for some of its biggest stars.


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