Porcello wants MLB players banned after first positive PED test


Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello is not shy when it comes to criticizing the MLB's drug testing policy.

Porcello believes the current system has failed and he wants to see stiffer penalties for offenders to deter the use of performance enhancing drugs, including a lifetime ban after a player's first positive test.

"Obviously what's going on right now is not preventing guys from doing it," Porcello said on Monday.

"This year, there's a guy that literally tested positive three times. That's obviously not effective. I'm all in favor for a much, much more severe punishment or a lifetime ban. At the end of the day, it's looking like that's the only thing that's going to keep guys from doing it. If that ever happens, we'll find out if that's even enough.

"There's no right or wrong answer right now, but I think there at least needs to be some adjustments for sure."

Porcello's main gripe with the current setup is the appeals process, which allows players to continue to compete until their cause is heard.

He does not think it it fair to those who are playing the game clean. 

"I know I'm working my tail off every day to do it the right way. And I'm playing against guys that are testing positive and it's directly impacting myself, our team, potential playoff chances and all those implications," Porcello said.

"I just don't think that that's right. Not a lot of guys have said stuff to me, but that was one instance where somebody came up and said, 'I disagree with you.' But I still stand by my comments in saying I disagree with what's going on right now -- if a guy tests positive, he should not be able to appeal and continue to play. I think that's the worst-case scenario."