With six arrests for driving under the influence in Major League Baseball since Jan. 1, including two members of the Cleveland Indians, former general manager Jim Bowden wants the sport to crack down on offenders.
Here are the suggestions Bowden offered in a Tuesday blog on ESPN.com:
1. If convicted of a DUI, you receive the same punishment as testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs: a 50-game suspension without pay the first time; 100-game suspension for the second violation; and if there’s a third offense, you are banned for life. That is more than fair in an effort to save lives.
2. Bring parents who have lost their children to drunken driving accidents into each of the 30 clubhouses. Show the players pictures and videos of the 8-year-old children playing baseball the night before they were killed. Let the players see the parents crying while telling the story. Let them feel the lifetime of pain and agony that they have to live through.
3. Provide players with the phone numbers of cabs, town car or limo services in every city.
4. Implement a club rule: No drinking and driving, period. No exceptions.
Bowden was arrested for DUI in April, 2006, although he said charges were later dropped. While I appreciate his hard-line stance, I don't think his first and fourth suggestions would ever garner approval. I must admit I wondered about his third point when the Indians' Shin-Soo Choo was recently arrested.
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