Roids Are Wrong
by Nicholas P on September 9, 2012 - 2:32pm
Steroids in baseball
The ongoing discussion all baseball fans continuously have is on the player’s use of steroids. Many people argue that players should not be allowed into the hall of fame after testing positive of enhancing drugs. These drugs make players stronger, faster, and have better bat speed and hand-eye coordination (Lee Jenkins). Some people will try and convince a player to take these drugs because it will help them do better in the long-run. Players might even try to introduce these drugs to a teammate on the team when they are not playing so well. In 2003, about 1500 players were tested for steroid use and 5-7 percent had tested positive (Marvin Terry) Former baseball player and steroid user Jose Canseco said it is more like 85% of all major league baseball players. That may not be fully accurate but it still an eye-opener to the topic. It is important that all players stop taking them and for those who do not take them, to never try them because not only is it ruining the game of baseball, it is also unhealthy for the body. Steroid use may lead to symptoms such as aggressive behavior, mood swings, depression and irritability. I think it is important that the league takes this issue more seriously because it is ruining baseball. It is not fair to those players who are staying faithful to the game while others have an advantage by cheating the game. With the punishments for getting caught on steroids not being harsh enough, players can take their chances with steroids because if they get caught they will only get a suspension. The punishments for testing positive should be more strict. As of now, the punishments consists of this; for first time offenders, they receive a 50 game suspension, for second time offenders, they receive a 100 game suspension, and those who get caught a third time will be banned from the league (The Associated Press(ESPN)). These rules give players a chance to mess up 2 times without getting a permanent punishment. Many analysts along with myself have the belief that every player should be tested regularly to ensure that no players have advantages over others. Even though it would cost a lot of money, it would stop all of the use of these enhancing drugs in the MLB.