Alex Rodriguez and the other 12 players who received 50-game suspensions for using performance-enhancing drugs on Monday should thank their lucky stars Nick Markakis isn't commissioner.
The Orioles outfielder anticipated today's suspensions today by suggesting that baseball stiffen its penalties for PED users. Five-year suspensions for first-time users? He's all for it. Lifetime bans for anyone caught using? He likes that, too.
“No ifs, ands or buts about it,” Markakis told The Baltimore Sun. “These guys are big boys; they can make decisions. If I go out there and rob a convenience store, I know the consequences that are coming with it. We are all adults here.”
Markakis said he has taken urine tests this season, but he has not had his blood tested. This is the first season that the league's drug policy agreement permits random blood testing.
He's so adamant about keeping PEDs out of baseball that he's wondering why he hasn't been tested yet.