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Fanpost Friday: The Needle and the Damage Done

This week, Starling Marte was suspended for PED abuse. Was his 80-game ban too much or too little?

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To see if we can generate some more interaction, we’ll be running Fanpost Fridays, at least through spring training - if the response is good, these will then continue once the regular season starts up. The aim is to pose a question, and have people answer it in the form of a Fanpost. Those that achieve the status “Recommend fanposts” in the side-bar will be promoted to the front page and featured on the site over the weekend, and you may even find yourself in Google News. Please also read and, as appropriate, recommend any submitted Fanposts.

The issue: Would you change major-league baseball PED policy?

It’s an issue that provokes strong reactions across fandom: fortunately, the D-backs haven’t had any current players tainted by PED connection, since the Jason Grimsley affair in 2006. But the Marte ban is a reminder that there are still players in the game who will seek to gain a chemical advantage. So that’s the topic for this week. Questions you may wish to consider, include:

  • Can they ever be stopped?
  • Should MLB seek harsher penalties against those caught?
  • What do you feel about players like Marte, Ryan Braun, Barry Bonds, etc?
  • How would you feel if a Diamondback tested positive?

Writing a Fanpost

Note: comments will be locked on this post. So the only way to respond is to write a fanpost, in which you set out your position and explain it. Get started by clicking here! This will then take you into the editor. In many ways, it isn’t all that different from posting a comment - you get some more flexibility with regard to formatting, and it’s a spiffier editor, but you can simply write away if you want. You do need to come up with at least 150 words. And yes, repeating “Shelby Miller sux” 50 times will result in a firm, disapproving stare from the SnakePit authorities. Do not go there.

Protip: You may want to write it up in Notepad or whatever, then copy and paste it over. Or if you are writing directly into the editor, be careful with the backspace button. If your mouse is outside the body and you hit backspace, it will take you back a page and you may lose any work that has not been auto saved. Just trust me on this one.

Useful link: Extra Fanpost help guide


Baseball’s policy on PED’s is

This poll is closed

  • 17%
    Much too lenient
    (7 votes)
  • 43%
    Too lenient
    (17 votes)
  • 35%
    About right
    (14 votes)
  • 0%
    Too harsh
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Much too harsh
    (1 vote)
39 votes total Vote Now