GREENFIELD, Mass (WWLP) - An investigation into the use of performance enhancing drugs has resulted in Major League Baseball suspending 13 players, including Alex Rodriguez.
Franklin County ball players and fans told 22News it's a sad day for a game that means so much to America.
Twelve high profile baseball players agreed to a 50 game suspension for their roles in a performance enhancing drug clinic. Under the agreement they have no right to appeal. Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez faces a 211 game suspension through the end of the 2014 season, and is subject to appeal.
Owner of Baseball Treasures in downtown Greenfield, Skip Price says he's seen such scandals take a toll on his business and the baseball card collecting hobby.
"Back in 97/98 when Sosa and McGuire were having that homerun race and McGuire set the record. His card I could've sold it at that point in time for $250, now it's down to $30 in the price guide and I'm lucky if I can get ten dollars for it."
Fans 22News spoke with today said it's a shame some of these major league baseball players have come to a point like this in their careers because they influence so many kids and how future generations perceive the game.
Matt Sherman, of Greenfield told 22News,"For the fans, it's like for all the kids and all the adults for that matter are looking up to them. It makes it harder for them because you know their heroes are doing drugs or getting kicked out of their favorite sport. And it just makes it hard for them to look up to someone."
"There's so many players that work so hard. I mean everybody plays baseball in High School so to have somebody just go out and think that the rules don't apply to them just isn't fair at all," said Austin Urkiel of Greenfield.
The 38-year-old Alex Rodriguez is still eligible to play while going through the appeal process. But whether or not he returns to the field. More disillusioned fans means diminished prices for cards and memorabilia.
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