Thursday, August 1, 2013
Deeper meaning to MLB crackdown?
It is natural to look at isolated events to see if there are broader implications. Thus, we sought to read some societal significance into the George Zimmerman verdict, even though it was likely a one-of-a-kind event.
So now we turn to the crackdown in Major League Baseball on the use of performance-enhancing drugs. There is little tolerance for use of these banned substance among MLB executives, baseball fans or players, and a growing support for severe punishments.
Does this represent a broader sentiment in society against cheating in general or drug use in particular?
Again, this may be isolated to itself, because there is no similar crackdown in the NFL or NBA, and as for crime or drug use in general, there seems to be increased tolerance for freedom in terms of recreational drug use. In fact, we now have reports of PED use among college athletes. If anything should spur general public outrage, you would think that would.
So far, no such trend is discernible.