One of the more potent arguments against the use of performance enhancing drugs/products is that those who don’t use them are cheated out of an opportunity, like the pitcher who got cut when it was down to two players — that pitcher and one who is now on discipline from MLB but who didn’t get cut and made lots of money.
07:21 AM ET 08.06 | Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis chose not to hold his tongue. Markakis says the only way baseball will rid itself of performance-enhancing drugs is to stiffen its penalties, which he believes should, at the least, include a five-year suspension for a first-time offender. And, if Major League Baseball and the players’ union would ever consider a lifetime ban for anyone caught using PEDs, Markakis said he would “100 percent” support that proposal. … “They are taking opportunities away and they are basically stealing,” Markakis said. “Stealing money away from owners because they are basically purchasing damaged products. It’s not a good situation all the way around. And all of us that have done it the right way, we are going to suffer.”