Cheating The Game
by Nicholas P on December 6, 2012 - 10:15am
December 6, 2012
The ongoing discussion all baseball fans continuously have is how should the MLB address steroid use. Many people argue that players should not be allowed into the baseball hall of fame after testing positive for steroids. These enhancing drugs make players stronger, faster, and have better bat speed (Jenkins 2004). In 2003, about 1,500 players were tested for steroid use and 5-7 percent had tested positive (Terry 2003). Former baseball player and steroid user Jose Canseco said it is more like 85 percent of all major league baseball players. That may not be fully accurate but is still an eye-opener to the topic.
It is important that all the players who are taking steroids stop, because not only is it ruining the game of baseball, is it also doing harm to their body and hormones. Going beyond baseball, it can also affect others. For example, if a kid looks up to a player as a role model and then finds out that he is taking steroids, the kid might try to follow in his footsteps. Steroid use can lead to symptoms like aggressive behavior, mood swings, depression and irritability. Plus it is not fair to the people who are staying faithful to the game because others have an advantage by cheating the game. With 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, a 50 game suspension is received, for second time offenders, a 100 game suspension is received, and those who get caught a third time are banned from the league (Aronson 2012). These rules give players a chance to mess up 2 times without receiving a permanent punishment. Many analysts along with myself have the belief that every player should be test regularly to ensure that no players have advantages over others. Even though it would cost a lot of money, it would stop all the use of these enhancing drugs in the MLB.
Players get away with taking these performance enhancing drugs because the league lacks a great prevention program. Over the last few years, the MLB has been testing players more during the season and even during their off-season. Players are not informed prior to being tested so they have no time to prepare for it. This approach is used to scare players into not wanting to take the chance of getting caught. The downside to the program is that players are only tested a few times a year, some are even tested just once a year. This leaves a lot of time in between each test for players to use these enhancing drugs and not get caught. Until the MLB tests these players on a regular basis, some players will continue taking these drugs and will never get caught. This program is run horribly and I hope that other measures are taken sometime in the near future. The MLB needs to spend more money on these drug tests to ensure that no player is cheating the game.