So you risk a 50 game suspension and give performance enhancing drugs a try. And why not? You're not going to the Hall of Fame. And as far as the 50 games, you may not have another 50 games in the bigs anyway. Alternatively, a two month hot streak might not only save your job, but also produce perhaps millions more and a long-term deal at the negotiating table in the off-season.
So here's a way the teams and players can police themselves. Any player who tests positive for PEDs will cost his team 5 games in the standings. So, in the case of Melky Cabrera, the Giants, of as this morning, would be 3 games behind the Dodgers in their division instead of 2 games in front. It would also seriously hurt their wild card chances as well.
And if a player didn't have regard for his teammates and just his personal fortunes and stats, then we throw in a second caveat. A player who tests positive cannot win any individual titles, such as a batting title, homerun crown, etc. Right now, Cabrera has a decent chance of winning the batting title. Let's eliminate that from happening with the new rule.
If I were the commissioner, I would put this all into effect beginning with the 2013 season. It would end all the non-sense and make it an honest game again for the first time in a generation.