Saturday, August 4, 2007

Doping sanctions: Baseball vs Cycling

Yesterday, Neifi Perez of the Detroit Tigers was suspended by his team for his third doping offense. Perez' very cruel sentence: an 80-game suspension, season-ending. Baseball has some real harsh sentencing; from the article:

"Under baseball's labor contract, a player who tests positive for the first time is sent for counseling. [...] Perez was suspended for 25 games on July 6 when he tested positive for a second time. [...] Perez was suspended for 80 games Friday after testing positive for a third time for a banned stimulant. [...] Another positive test would lead to a suspension to be determined at the discretion of commissioner Bud Selig, with Perez having the right to have an arbitrator review the penalty."

Let's have a moment of silence for Perez, or at least feel some pity for him. OK, that's enough!

Putting this into perspective to Cycling: cyclists like Floyd Landis, Iban Mayo, Cristian Moreni, Alexandre Vinokourov and Patrik Sinkewitz may or will face a bit tougher sentence:
"Under tough anti-doping rules, a first-time offense draws an two-year suspension. A second offense results in a ban for life."

Can someone explain this glaring difference and injustice ? And if suspicions of doping (isn't this what Rasmussen's case is really about?) can get you pulled from the Tour de France and fired from your team, why is Barry Bonds still at bat and cashing in millions ?
He should've been suspended from the Giants the moment he got connected to the Balco investigation.

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