Selig's proposal good for baseball

It's time for the players' union to get on board with Bud Selig's new steroid testing plan.

Originally Published: May 6, 2005
By John Kruk | ESPN Insider
I'm encouraged by commissioner Bud Selig's new proposal for banned substance enforcement. I'm a big believer in the fact that the stiffer the penalty, the less likely someone is to do something dumb.

Under this proposal, guys are going to be less likely to make a mistake that could potentially damage their career and reputation because of those harsh penalties. If this proposal is able to go through and keep its teeth, I think more than just players are going to be affected. This is also going to affect every team in the game. A team's general manager would have to have rocks in his head to sign a guy to a four-year deal if he thinks there's a chance the player could miss half the season due to a suspension.

John Kruk

Baseball Tonight analyst
John Kruk, a three-time All-Star outfielder/first baseman, serves as an analyst on ESPN's Emmy Award-winning Baseball Tonight, as well as working select game telecasts. He joined ESPN beginning in the 2004 season.