Panic Enhancing Drugs in Baseball

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Edited by: Tommy Parrill (@DearTommy)

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For about the last month, the black cloud of the Biogenesis/PED scandal has been hovering over the game of baseball. Over the last two weeks, the cloud has become even darker as the scrutiny increased on Ryan Braun and Major League Baseball had a one-on-one meeting with Alex Rodriguez. Throughout all of that shame and hardship, there has been a tiny ray of hope.

 

First baseman for the Baltimore Orioles and top vote-getter for this year's All-Star game, Chris Davis, has so far set the baseball world on fire. At the All-Star break, Davis ranks in the Top 10 in many of baseball's offensive categories and above all else, he leads the league with 37 home runs. Most people would receive praise for these accomplishments, but Davis has been questioned for his statistics and many fans and media members have raised an eyebrow to his outstanding home run total.  While his spike in numbers may have the “experts” questioning his career year, it is in no way Davis’ fault for receiving the scrutiny that he has.

 

The one thing that performance-enhancing drugs has done to the game is caution players from being too good.  Due to the outrageous home run totals that Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Alex Rodriguez have put up while later being connected to PED’s, it has put a damper on the rest of baseball.  As soon as a player starts smoking the ball out of and around the ballpark, especially one that isn’t yet a “big name”, people instantly become skeptical.  Some may say that 37 home runs and 93 RBI’s are not common numbers for a man with a common name.  Even though Davis’ numbers are a bit inflated, the sweet-swinging lefty still recorded 33 home runs and 85 RBI’s in 2012.  Don’t get me wrong, I can understand why people are skeptical of what Davis has been able to do in the first half, but it looks a little sad that just because the kid is having a good year, people assume that it can’t be natural.

 

Maybe I am crazy and Davis will be the next name linked to performance-enhancing drugs, but there is no need to point the finger just yet. Davis has announced to the public and the media many times that he is in no way using any sort of PED’s.  I have always been a guy that trusts people, but after the golden boy of baseball, Alex Rodriguez, lied to all of us on many occasions, it has been hard to let our guard down again.  Trust me folks, I’m not saying that Davis is the next Rodriguez, but until he gives us reasonable doubt, Davis should be congratulated for his accomplishments and not questioned.

 

As I mentioned in a previous post, you all know that I believe Major League Baseball should either make PED’s 100% legal for a level playing field, or install a two strike policy before banning them from the game.  Both of those options may never come true but since everything surrounding Biogenesis and PED’s is still under investigation, let’s take this time as baseball fans to embrace Chris Davis for what he has done for the game, and not for what we think he has done.