I think doing it a bit earlier would have been better, but doing it now doesn't bother me. Put the scare into them early that this is no joke. I think that's the main purpose. Time to get rid of this problem and starting from the minor leagues at least sends a message to the younger kids (which to me is more important than any records or bs that has been talked about). Time to teach these young kids that to make it to the majors, you have to work your butt off and be good. The sad part is that this should be done at the major league level also. I truly think they want to give the stars time to clean up their act so that as few as possible test positive. Anyone know how far back these tests go in terms of tracing steroid use in a person? How long does a person have to be clean for it not to show up?
David Castillo of the Oakland A's Single-A team was given a penalty of 60 games.
Minor league penalties for violations are
15 games for 1st positive test;
30 for second;
60 for third;
1 year for fourth;
lifetime ban for fifth positive.
this guy has been busted 3 times allready?
Also, why is MLB dropping these names on opening day. Thats two days in a row. Makes you wonder if there will be more names tomorrow. I guess they figure that more people will be paying attn. since its opening day and they will see "Suspensions", and figure that MLB is fixing the problem.
Personally I think it takes away from the "Opening Day" atmosphere and is a poor decision by Selig.
well, figure first of all that MLB doesn't even test for half of the stuff out there, and then there are masking agents. But it is my undertsanding that the pass throgh the system in just a few days, maybe a week at most. I hoenstly do not know.
As afr as releasing the names, I agree. They should have released them sooner, or worst case waited a week. But not ON opeing day.