One and Done For Steroid Use

by omill2 on February 17, 2014 - 2:39pm

Steroid use in baseball has been a major problem since the 1990’s. Some superstar baseball players such as Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have been known to take steroids in their baseball career. Steroids increase the strength of a player, which increases their speed and gives them more power behind the bat. Major league baseball players were not tested until 2003, but the use of steroids in baseball was banned in 1971.

According to an article in Sports News Magazine, written by Stan McNeal, the rules for steroid use in baseball today is a 50 game suspension for first time users, a 100 game suspension for second time users and a lifetime ban on third time users (2013). McNeal believes that if a player tests positive for the first time they should be banned for life (2013). A 50 or 100 game suspensions is not enough to stop players from cheating, you test positive once and you are done (McNeal 2013). Some people think that steroid use is not considered cheating, but I tend to agree with McNeal because in my opinion, using steroids in any sport is cheating. It is not fair to other players who are playing a fair, honest and respectful game of baseball without the use of performing enhanced drugs. The Players Union is getting tougher on drug testing these baseball players and is considered the toughest drug testing in sports (McNeal 2013). Depending on the type of person and what team and player you follow in baseball, everyone will have a different opinion on what they think about steroid use.

McNeal, S. (2013, January 29). MLB steroids: League must adopt one-and-done penalty for PED users. Sports News Magazine


Hi there,
Your topic interest me because I am a really active person, played football for 8 years and in Collegial level we were subject to drug tests. Moreover, I am interested in fitness and bodybuilding, I wish to compete in this sport in Drug free competitions one day. I think it is sad to see that nowadays many many people try steroids without thinking about the consequences and that it has become commonplace for many.

I do agree that a 50 and 100 games suspension for first and second time users aren't enough. However, I don't think that they should be ban automatically. Some people do get tested positive because of errors, medical issues etc. For example, as stupid as it can sound, if someone eats poppy seeds bagels or bread slices before a drug test he would unfortunately fail it. Moreover, on a more serious note, some people make bad choices in their lives or are (sometimes) forced by their coaches, personal trainers or agents to take drugs to enhance their performances. I do think that some people should have the right to second chances. I think that a suspension for steroid use should be around 1 or 2 seasons of suspension (162games per season in the MLB, so a 2 years ban would be a 324 games suspension). In my opinion, the players should have the right to a second chance afterward and then be tested on a regular basis. If he ever fails the test again for a second time, then they should be banned for life. What do you think?

If you want to read further about this issue in sports in general and in olympics, I found an article concerning the WADA (The World Anti-Doping Agency) who decided to increase the ban duration on first time users from 2 years to 4 years in the olympics and keep a "steroid passport" for the athlete to be followed and tested regularly.

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