If baseball starts taking strong enforcement actions, the fear of getting shamed as well as financially damaged might cause some athletes to reconsider the notion they make the rules.
Gaining credibility takes time; losing it can happen overnight. Baseball has had problems with rogue players and has taken steps to rectify the performance-enhancing drug problem. It should work just as hard to protect the integrity of its records. If not, it risks losing the confidence – and interest -- of its fans.
Tom Lindley is a sports columnist for the CNHI News Service. Reach him at email@example.com.