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