With the recent Major League Baseball drug suspensions of Alex Rodriguez and 12 other players, reactions from all across baseball were heard, including in Madera. Here is what some prominent Madera baseball people had to say about the suspensions.
John Fernandez, head coach of Madera South Stallions baseball — I’m glad that penalties are handed down. The owners and players have tried to clean up the game. I would like to have them provide evidence. I would like to see the evidence faster so that the appeals would be seen within a week. Sometimes, in the media, you are guilty until proven innocent. I think everybody is deserved due process. They exonerated two other guys from the first list and you don’t hear about that. I want to see the evidence to make sure these guys get the punishment they deserve. It’s good to see the other players going against those guys. A player who uses PED isn’t for the game, they want to make more money.
Andy Underwood, head coach of Madera Coyotes baseball and former professional baseball player — We would randomly get tested three to four times a year. MLB would send out a group of testers to a random field on a random day. They said you have to take a drug test. When I played, it was pretty clean. I didn’t get a suspicion of teammates doing steroids. I knew of some in college and high school that got drafted. I definitely think it’s the right thing to do for baseball. You have a lot of people out there trying to do it honestly. Ninety percent of guys are trying to do it without steroids. The guys cheating are big-name guys who are trying to get that big contract. It’s almost for them, why not. They are getting the contracts and the suspension. Baseball is headed in the right direction and needs to stiffen up the rules. They need to go 50-game suspension and banned on the second offense. That would put a lot more fear into guys that were tempted to do it.
Marty Bitter, Madera South athletic director — I wish A-Rod would just go away. I guess my reaction would be is that they get what they deserve. I think PEDs are horrible for sports in general. It trickles down to the high school level. If the pros are using them, the high schoolers are using them. The only thing to stop them is to ban them...