27 May 2014. <http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/anabolic-steroids>. "Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports Fast Facts." CNN. Cable News Network, 6 Mar.
Since the mid 1990's, the popular opinion of Major League Baseball has been that the league is in a time period known as the "Steroids Era." With now retired players recently confessing steroid usage, they have also revealed key details and new information that has given insight as to how common steroids actually are within the MLB. It is true that recently the MLB has become more strict with procedures for testing and regulations against the drugs, but steroids are still being used widespread throughout the league as players have found ways around these drug tests. Former MLB player, and admitted PED (Performance Enhancing Drugs) user, Jose Canseco stated in his book that, "up to 85% of MLB players currently playing today are using performance enhancing drugs" (Oconnor). Steroid use is not only cheating according to the rules created by the MLB, they also create many other problems.
All about Anabolic Steroids - Sustanon, Dianabol, Winstrol, Deca Durabolin. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Feb. 2014. "Historical Timeline - Sports and Drugs - ProCon.org."
The past two decades of Major League Baseball have been tainted because of the use of performance enhancing drugs, also known as steroids, causing the loss of many fans and the true meaning of America’s favorite sport. In the early 80’s many professional players began to discover steroids, but Major League Baseball had not. As more and more cases of these drugs came about the most serious was that of Mark McGwire who was racing Sammy Sosa to try and break Roger Maris’s single season homerun record ("The Steroids Era "). McGwire admitted to using steroids just before he broke the record hitting 70 homeruns in one season. Later, Sosa was also found to have been using steroids during this period.
players feel like they need to use them to stay competitive. Steroids help increase muscle mass and help athletes train harder and faster. This results in better play on the field. Most steroid users in the MLB (Major League Baseball) are pitchers and homerun hitters. Steroids need to be legalized in Major League Baseball to bring more excitement into the game so that more people will watch, it will level the playing field for all the players, it will keep athletes healthy during the long season, and it will be more efficient since the consequences for using the substance does not keep players from using them.
Home Run Rates in 1998 and 2012 | FanGraphs Baseball. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2014. "Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports Fast Facts."
Testosterone naturally triggers the maturing of the male reproductive system in puberty, which includes growth of body hair and the deepening of the voice. The hormone helps the body retain proteins, which aids in the development of muscles (“Anabolic“). "Although there are many types of steroids with varying degrees of anabolic and androgenic properties, it's the anabolic property of steroids that lures athletes," says Dr. Wadler. "They take them to primarily increase muscle mass and strength"(“Anabolic”). Basically, a steroid just makes the muscles grow bigger faster than conventional training does.
When people think of sports, people might wonder if the greatest people in sports used performance-enhancing drugs. Steroids build mass and strength and increase tissue to boost endurance (Szumski 11). Athletes use drugs in sports to build mass and strengthen a person’s bones, increase oxygen intake, work tissues, help pain, stimulate a persons body, reduce a person weight, and to hide the fact that a person is using other drugs (Szumski 12). Things that are considered steroids or an illegal body building drugs are, Anabolic Steroids, Beta-2 agonists, human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) , luteinizing hormone (LH), Human Growth Hormone (HGH), Insulin-like growth factors, and insulin (Szumski 13). There are also many types of Anabolic steroids, testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, androstenedione, dehydroean drosterone, clostebol, and nandrolone (Szumski 13).