Not that anyone's asking, but my solution for the ongoing steroid crisis in baseball is simple:
Lifetime ban from the game.
It worked for Pete Rose and gambling (we think.) And this cheating with drugs is every bit as egregious and detrimental to the game. If the entire sport is being called into question, it's time for extreme measures.
Besides, prospects come up all the time. There's always someone to replace the "next great player."
If you test positive for use of illegal steroids, you lose the right to play in Major League Baseball. Period.
Suspensions keep the money flowing to the owners, who, let's face it, likely have looked the other way because pumped up players pump up ticket sales.
But with Manny Ramirez being the latest and A-Rod coming back tonight, it's time to contemplate what is right for the game once and for all.