Max Scherzer made headlines a couple weeks ago after Ryan Braun was suspended, chastising Braun for his actions. Scherzer advocated for drastic actions, such as cutting contracts, in addition to stiffer suspensions for performance enhancing drug use. Scherzer also added:
"The whole thing has been despicable on his part," Scherzer told MLB.com. "For me, as a player, you want to believe the system works, but obviously [Braun] found a way around it. For me, it's just not long enough. For somebody who cheated the game as badly as he did, it doesn’t seem right. For people who intentionally cheat, I have no sympathy."
Given Scherzer's earlier statements, many fans were interested to hear what Scherzer would have to say about Jhonny Peralta's suspension for his involvement with the Biogenesis clinic. His reply was polite, but still carried the same tone as his earlier comments about Braun.
Max Scherzer: "It’s pretty apparent how I feel towards cheaters. With Jhonny, it’s disappointing, it really is."— George Sipple (@GeorgeSipple) August 5, 2013
Justin Verlander also offered up a couple sentences.
Justin Verlander: "I think most baseball players, the majority of players in this game ... want a clean game."— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) August 5, 2013
Justin Verlander: "Everybody makes mistakes. ... He's my brother. We fight and bleed and sweat together on the baseball field."— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) August 5, 2013
Meanwhile, Jim Leyland skirted the questions entirely. Given his current concerns -- the upcoming four game series is sort of important -- I can't blame him.
to clarify if needed: #Tigers Leyland said "see ya' guys" to media after telling us to leave his office when a Peralta question was asked— Tom Gage (@Tom_Gage) August 5, 2013
The Tigers have allowed limited media access to the players and the clubhouse today, but we will update as we hear more from other players on the roster.