This is not something to bash any player that has been labeled as a cheater or a user of PEDs but instead try to figure out why players in baseball are chastised for cheating more so than athletes of the other major leagues. If you're caught cheating, the players, the fans, and the sport writers will never let you live it down.
Now Ryan Braun made his life hard when he lied about taking PEDs. He even fooled his good friend from the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers, who publicly supported Braun, also making him look bad. Braun has paid his debt to the league, serving a 65 game suspension and lost $23.5 million but yet his name will never be clear.
As you can hear in the video, fans are not going to give Braun a break. The hatred for Braun is so strong, you can even hear a fan shouting out "CHEATER!!!!!" at the top of his lungs. I don't expect Phillies' fans to be great host to Braun and the Brewers but this is what he will hear every night for the rest of his career. Of course you can use it as motivation, but your name will now coincide with the word cheater. Even if Braun never fail another drug test, fans will still yell "CHEATER!!!!!!!"
Michael Pineda went super hard in his second start of the 2014 season. In his first win since 2011, Pineda pitched 6 innings with an ERA of 1.50, only allowing 4 hits. But during the 3rd and 4th inning, attention was drawn to Pinadas pitching hand, which looked to have pine tar on it. During those innings, Pineda strike out 3 and retired 5 of the 6 batters he faced. By the 5th inning the substance was gone and Pineda allowed a home run in the 7th before coming out the game.
After the game, everyone was trying to figure out was it pine tar or not because we all know that is illegal. Pine tar gives pitchers better grip and more control on the ball, which gives them an advantage. Pineda said it was dirt, which I don't believe, and manager Joe Giradi acted like he didn't know what was going on. The Red Sox didn't seem to upset about though, all the big names said it wasn't an issue but they didn't say they don't think it was pine tar. I'm not sure how the league will handle this but I don't think their going to just let it go.
If in fact Pineda was using pine tar, he too will be apart of a long group of chastised "cheaters" that have been outcast in the MLB. I do not support cheating but I don't think a players career should be based on one mess up and in baseball that happens a lot. Look at Peter Rose, never used PEDs but gambled on games as a manager, which is against baseball rules. That one mistake has kept him out of the baseball hall of fame, even though he is the All-time hit leader.
International sports such as track & field are also harsh on their players for cheating, athletes like Marion lost gold medals because of performance enhancements.
I don't think baseball should be so stringent on PED users when it comes to their carer. Their is no reason why Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, or anyone else from that "Steroid Era" as they like to call it shouldn't be enshrined in the baseball hall of fame. PEDs might help you get stronger, faster, and bigger, but they do not help you swing the bat better. You can be the strongest player in the world, but if you don't know how to swing a bat, you're not hitting 500+ home runs. I'm sure Ryan Braun is being tested after every game, and as a clean player he can still hit 3 home runs in a game. Its all about the swing.