When it comes to second chances the performance-enhancing drug culture in baseball may be changing. Or is it? A year ago the San Francisco Giants made the decision not to add Melky Cabrera to their roster for the postseason after the outfielder served his 50-game suspension for using PEDSs. It has been a different story for this year's Biogenesis offenders who have been welcomed back with open arms by their teams following their own 50-game penalties. Nelson Cruz was greeted with a standing ovation by a towel-waving crowd in Texas during the Rangers' one-game playoff with the Rays two weeks ago while Jhonny Peralta was given a hero's welcome when he made his return to the Tigers at Comerica Park during last week's ALDS. Heck even Alex Rodriguez heard some cheers at Yankee Stadium after being slapped with a 211-game suspension for his role in the scandal. There were plenty of boos as well for A-Rod though unlike Cruz or Peralta he has yet to serve a single game for his alleged transgressions. Tuesday Peter Gammons reported on his website that "There are several Red Sox players who have complained privately that Peralta is allowed to play. They wonder what remains in his body." Nobody on the Red Sox has spoken out publicly against Peralta the way they did about A-Rod though Jonny Gomes didn't sound thrilled that a convicted PED user was having such an impact on the series following Peralta's game-winning hit in Game 1. "I'm not going to go head up with Major League Baseball and the union and the rules they make" Gomes said prior to Game 2. "I follow the rules. I'm not trying to rewrite the rule book. It is what it is." Rewrite the rule book? Peralta served his time. Aren't second chances part of our society? The Giants chose not to give Cabrera that opportunity last fall which was their prerogative. Questioning the validity of Peralta taking the field for Detroit is essentially saying every first-time PED offender should be given a lifetime ban.
Tigers star Jhonny Peralta has served his MLB ban and has every right to be playing
New York Daily News | Oct 15