THE BLOG
08/07/2013 05:58 pm ET Updated Oct 07, 2013

Suspensions for Drug Use, Banned for Life for Gambling? What Kind of Message Is Baseball Sending?

I'm no expert on the inner workings of the game of baseball, like Peter Gammons or Buster Olney. But when the Commissioner's office -- as well as the United States Congress -- spends years, and millions of taxpayer dollars, investigating what is no doubt the worst scandal in the game's history -- one that will forever diminish the meaning of making it to the Hall of Fame, as well as playing big league baseball, itself -- and then hands down an average of a two-month suspension for taking part in that scandal, it begs the question:

Is taking drugs and cheating on a daily basis ultimately, "Okay?"

After all, we know what's not "Okay": Gambling.

Pete Rose has spent the past 20-plus years fighting to be re-instated because of the lifetime ban he received by then-commissioner, the late A. Bartlett Giamatti, for betting on the game.

Bud Selig, on the other hand, lets everyone, including Alex Rodriguez, "back in the pool" with just a slap on the wrist for tarnishing the game on an epic scale.

I'll leave it to the pundits to sort out, but there's definitely something wrong when the defense of the integrity of the game played and cherished by millions for over a century comes down to one man and his personal opinions on an individual player.