CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn called news of the suspension of 13 players, including Alex Rodriguez, "sad," and said the New York Yankees star didn't need to use performance-enhancing drugs.
"It is sad, sad that him and Ryan Braun, who would be really, really great players without it," Dunn said Monday. "[PEDs] is the sad part for me. They didn't need all of [the PEDs]."
Braun, the 2011 National League MVP, was suspended last month for the rest of the season for his part in the Biogenesis scandal, which cost 12 players 50-game suspensions levied by Major League Baseball on Monday. Rodriguez, who was suspended for the rest of this season as well as all of the 2014 season, is appealing the ban and was in the lineup on Monday against the White Sox.
Dunn wants a clean game and an even playing field.
"This is nothing new," he said. "The only thing is that guys have been caught multiple times. That is not very smart. I don't know what else you are supposed to do. These guys are thinking that what they are doing and all this stuff, they think they aren't going to be caught. Apparently they are wrong. Hopefully this is the last we hear of things like this. My guess is it probably won't be."
White Sox captain Paul Konerko believes a stronger anti-drug policy will be the end result of the latest round of suspensions.
"I am sure that it will happen," Konerko said. "This is probably very similar to the five or six years leading up to when there was no testing (before 2004). It took some time and then there was testing. That all evolved into more testing and stiffer penalties. It is just a progression of things and it will get to a point where it will be as tight as it can be.
"That said, you look at some of the other sports that have had [testing] for years and years, and there is always someone trying to circumvent it. Is there ever an end point? No, I don't think there is. It is getting better since its inception. I just look at the big picture, and we are in a great place now compared to seven or six years ago."