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Rafael Palmeiro Suspended for Violating Drug Policy

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I think many of us owe Jose Canseco a big apology, including myself. Rafael Palmeiro has been suspended for 10 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Is this the case that finally makes people realize that steroids are more common in the sport than most believe? What does this do to a guy who just achieved 3,000 hits? Is he still a hall of famer?

The thing about it is that Palmeiro was one of the players in the steroid hearings that came across as sincere, believable and honest. Especially compared to McGwire.

But the shadow cast over the sport today is bigger than ever before. You knew that a superstar would eventually test positive. You knew this day would eventually come. But the fact that it was Palmeiro is remarkable.

Palmeiro said this at the hearing:

"Let me start by telling you this: I have never used steroids. Period. I don't know how to say it any more clearly than that. Never."

Well never obviously didn't include the future. And that quote has now changed to this:

"I have never intentionally used steroids. Never. Ever. Period," he said. "Ultimately, although I never intentionally put a banned substance into my body, the independent arbitrator ruled that I had to be suspended under the terms of the program."

It's a very sad day for baseball. There's a huge difference between Alex Sanchez and Palmeiro. And I, as a fan, am just sad that the sport has been completely soiled.