When talking baseball, it's hard to ignore the black cloud of performance enhancing drugs hanging over the sport right now.
With almost 20 of the games biggest names issued lengthy suspensions for their involvement of the Biogenesis scandal - including former MVP's Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game ban - it is the second time in a decade the sport has gone through this debacle.
In 2003, the BALCO scandal brought down home run king Barry Bonds as well as other superstar athletes like Olympic gold medalist Marion Jones.
Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar has seen this show before, and applauds the work the MLB is doing to "clean up" the game.
"I think baseball is doing the right thing," said the former Toronto Blue Jays star, who retired in 2005. "There's a rule now and you have to follow the rules and whoever gets caught is going to get penalized. I think it's good for the game of baseball, it's good for the youth that they are seeing some of their idols being caught and hopefully we can clean up baseball."
While some critics are calling for life time bans for the likes of Rodriguez, and at the very least a more harsher sentences, Alomar says the length of penalties are just about right.
He is in town this week with other Toronto alumni running the Blue Jays Honda Super Camp with the Nanaimo Minor Baseball Association at the Serauxmen Fields.
Alomar had a well-travelled career, starting with the San Diego Padres in 1988. He was dealt to the Blue Jays in 1990 with Joe Carter for Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez and helped them to back-to-back World Series championships in 1992 and 1993. They were the toast of baseball, smashing attendance records.
But after the strike of 1994 that wiped out the World Series, things started to unravel for the Blue Jays.
Alomar signed with the Baltimore Orioles in 1996 and Toronto has not been back to the playoffs since their last championship. Alomar went on to finish out his career with the Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks.
He finished with 12 all-star appearances and 10 gold gloves, the second most ever by someone at his position.
In 2011 he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. In 2012 he married his second wife, Kim Perks, and settled back in Toronto.
"Puerto Rico is my first home, but Toronto is my second home," he said. "The fans have been great to me since Day 1 and I feel like I'm part Canadian."
Alomar is working with the team again, with their many charities and camps like this one.
However, he admits to being frustrated by their continued struggles, especially after being favoured by many to win the American League East this year, but currently sit 13.5 games back of first and mired in last place in the division.
"It's disappointing. I'm a true fan, I work for the organization. In the beginning I believe - and I still do - that we have a competitive team, but we haven't met our expectations," he said. "But that's the way the game is and we have to learn from all of the mistakes we made this year and hopefully next year they can do a better job."
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