Finally an MLB player saying what fans have wanted to hear: Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels revealed on Monday that he wants a lifetime ban for scummy performance enhancing drugs users.
Speaking with New York radio station WFAN, Trout says, if he were in Bud Selig’s position, he would fire Alex Rodriguez indefinitely.
According to Trout:
“To me, personally, I think you should be out of the game if you get caught. It takes away from the guys that are working hard every day and doing it all-natural.”
Mike Trout’s comment comes as A-Rod actually had the nerve to appeal his 211-game suspension. Twelve other players admitted to PED use, but Rodriguez fought the settlement, calling a 50-game suspension too large for something as innocent as cheating on a major scale.
A-Rod is currently facing the appeals process, and, if unsuccessful, he will lose out on games running through much of the 2014 MLB season.
Trout, the American League Rookie of the Year last season, says PEDs have left him frustrated with cheating players:
“Some people just are just trying to find that extra edge. It’s tough as a guy that goes out there and plays hard every day and puts [in] 110 percent effort… to wake up, see there’s a list of guys that are on the list. It’s good that MLB caught them and they’re moving in the right direction with suspensions and stuff.”
Apparently 110-percent effort is all a young All-Star needs. This season Trout is batting.330 with 20 home runs, 73 RBIs, and 26 stolen bases.
In the meantime, the US Congress and various other agencies continue to investigate steroid manufacturers and facilities who have illegally provided MLB players with performance enhancing drugs.
Do you agree with Mike Trout’s suggestion of a lifetime ban for MLB players who use PEDs?