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July 24, 2013

Players deplore doping rather than defend users

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"The decision was already made. He won it," said Jack O'Connell, the BBWAA's secretary-treasurer.

Commissioner Bud Selig said in March he wants even stiffer drug penalties, and union head Michael Weiner said players will consider toughened rules for 2014.

While Braun's 65-game penalty is 15 games longer than the current standard for a first offense, Scherzer thinks it's insufficient.

"The Brewers are unlikely to make the playoffs. He misses 2013, and they are set for 2014," he said. "For someone that cheated the game as badly as he did, it just doesn't seem right."

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