Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
Some people think the decision on whether or not to bring Jhonny Peralta back is an easy one, but to me, it's very complex, and lacks an easy answer. Bringing Peralta back means you'd be asking a player to return after a two month layoff from live major league game action and compete at the highest level, especially if you're talking about the playoffs. But, even if rusty, would he be better than Ramon Santiago, or Don Kelly, or potentially even replacement starter Jose Iglesias. And then there are the off-the-field aspects that need to be taken into consideration as well - how will Peralta be accepted in the clubhouse, one that has been very harmonious this season that wouldn't want to be disrupted. Would it create a distraction in a potential playoff run? Ultimately if I were manager Jim Leyland and GM Dave Dombrowski, I would ask my team what they felt. I think from a purely objective standpoint, whether he starts or comes off the bench, he'd be able to upgrade the team. If they're willing to welcome him back as a contributing member, then the Tigers should bring him back. But if there are any lingering feelings of anger or resentment, or if the team feels they're better off without him, I would say it's not worth the time or effort, and it'd best to let him go.
Mark Anderson, Director of Scouting
Bottom line, yes. If I were a person that actually believed Jhonny Peralta was one of a select few players that were dabbling in the vast pool of performance enhancing drugs, then I may be inclined to shy away from him after his 50-game suspension has been served. I am not one of those people that believe that. I believe players like Peralta, Nelson Cruz, Everth Cabrera and the others in the Biogenesis "scandal" are just the tip of the iceberg and are more a victim of not covering their tracks as well as other players throughout the game. The game of baseball is not clean, and the sanctimonious manner in which teams -- teams that likely know exactly what their players are doing -- shun their players and turn their back for the sake of public appearance is tiring. Jhonny Peralta is a good baseball player, with or without performance enhancing drugs, and the Detroit Tigers would not be in the position they are today, atop the American League Central Division standings, without his contributions on the field. When Jhonny Peralta has served his suspension, provided he can demonstrate he is ready to step into game action and perform again, the Tigers should welcome him back to the field and allow the fact that he is good at baseball to help them move closer to a World Series title.
James Chipman, Lakeland Correspondent
Plain and Simple: If the Detroit Tigers' goal is to field the best team possible during their championship quest, Jhonny Peralta must be added to the 25-man roster when he's eligible to return. With all due respect to guys like Hernan Perez, Danny Worth and Mr. Random Minor Leaguer, I'd much rather see Peralta taking important at-bats when/if the Tigers reach the postseason. While I can entertain and empathize with arguments regarding ethics and morals, baseball is a business and part of its mission statement is to win meaningful games in October. Peralta's selfish decision undoubtedly warrants his 50-game suspension and the shame that he must live with for the rest of his life. However, when said suspension is completed, it is his duty and responsibility to finish out his contract and report to work. Regardless of the possible rust due to his lengthy layoff and even with the potential media distraction that his reinstatement may cause, the positives of his offensive production strongly outweigh the negatives. The Detroit Tigers' World Series chances are far greater with Jhonny Peralta; and if it's me at the helm, I'm adding him to the roster.
Matt Buck, Staff Writer
The Detroit Tigers have no reason to do anything but bring Jhonny Peralta back after his 50 game suspension is served. Peralta is a player who has had no character or clubhouse issues aside from this incident and, more importantly, he was hitting the ball really well prior to his suspension. I understand the idea of trying to clean up baseball by getting PED users out of the sport. This idea is noble but extremely unrealistic. If the Tigers don't pick up Peralta another team will.
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