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SAN DIEGO –- One day later, the Biogenesis suspensions are still the talk of baseball. The San Diego Padres are missing their All-Star shortstop Evereth Cabrera, who was suspended for 50 days.
His Orioles counterpart, J.J. Hardy thinks that the suspensions were a positive thing for the game.
“I think it’s a step that needed to be taken. I think everyone in here wants this game to be clean and hopefully this is a big step to get it that way,” Hardy said.
The Orioles clubhouse reaction is supportive of the sanctions.
“I would say everyone that doesn’t cheat, I would be pretty confident in saying that they’re not happy about other guys being able to take it and getting away with it. Everyone that hasn’t cheated and doesn’t cheat I’m sure want this game to be clean,” Hardy said.
Hardy was a teammate of Ryan Braun’s in Milwaukee. Last month, Braun accepted a 65-game suspension for his role in the mess. He and Braun are not as close as they were, he says.
“I’ve heard from a lot of friends back in Milwaukee still that they’re pretty disappointed. He obviously lied to a lot of people. It’s tough because we were friends,” Hardy said.
Nick Markakis told the Baltimore Sun that he favored a five-year suspension for first-time user. Hardy supports harsh treatment of cheaters.
“If there was any way to prove that yeah, they knew they were cheating, they were just trying to get away with it, yeah for life. It’s a consequence that I think if you think about it, it’s not worth the consequences. People say the risk for reward, you know, it’s not worth it. If there was some way to prove, yeah we knew we were cheating, then yeah, I would say for life.”
Brian Roberts said that he supports penalizing the drug cheaters, too.
“I think that we all know that everybody wants all of this kind of put behind us and cleaned up but at the same time, you understand that in every sport and every profession it’s not just sports, there’s always going to be some problem,” Roberts said.
“It’s unfortunate that that’s the way our society works and this world works, but I think you do the best you can to get everything cleaned up as well as you can. I think that’s what we’re constantly as a union and as major league baseball are trying to do. I think that that’s the direction we’re heading.”