Baseball needs tougher penalties for drug use

01/08/2014 2:01 PM

01/08/2014 3:06 PM

Re “End the PED madness: Base Hall vote on facts” (Sports, Marcos Breton, Jan. 7): I read Marcos Breton's article with great interest and wondered if he or any other Barry Bonds fan would be willing to apply the same empirical analysis of baseball to the outcomes of the games and the earned run averages of opposing pitchers that were affected by performance enhancing drugs? Would we then adjust those numbers to reflect a more accurate record? Major League Baseball needs to address the issue of performance enhancing drugs in a more comprehensive way that includes tougher penalties for violating its policies as well as staying one step ahead of the latest concoction. If the likes of Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are held up as examples by exclusion from the Hall of Fame, so be it. Tell them to give Pete Rose a call.

-- Nancy Glatt, Roseville

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