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The Steroids Era

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When people think of the steroid era in baseball today, they usually think of two notorious players: Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire. In the prime time of their careers, they would have extraordinary and record breaking seaons. Both of them, along with a few other players, broke the fifty home run mark during a single season, which had only been done a few times before them.
“Between 1961 and 1994, only three players reached the fifty home run mark,” (“The Steroids Era”). The cause for this increased output was due to the increased strength of the players because of their steroid use. Some players came forward to the reporters at the New York Times, saying, “We got less tired from our workouts. We were ready to head back to the gym and do it again,” (McNeil Jr.). Players also told reporters that, “After taking steroids, the first three days made us feel like we were leading a different life,” (McNeil Jr.). Since there was no drug testing at the time, players in the 1990s thought that they could get away with it. They saw how it improved their game, and they did not want to stop (“The Steroids Era”).
The MLB wanted to take a stand against the use of steroids. In 2003, the MLB commissioner, Bud Selig, wanted to find out exactly how many players were using steroids. “In 2003, federal agents were told to target BALCO for distributing undetectable steroids to athletes,” (“The Steroids Era”). When the federal agents targeted them, they found out three names of their most famous customers: Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi, and Gary Sheffield. Athletes involved with BALCO were then taken to trial for their PED use. Bonds told his lawyers, “I didn’t even know I was taking steroids. They must have hid them in the milkshakes,” (McNeil Jr.)...

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...gical advancements, it is hard for players to hide the fact that they use them. They use them anyway because it makes them stronger, and it helps them produce more home runs, RBIs, and hits. Through all this, one factor did not change, Hall of Fame voting. “All players who, during the steroid era, retire become eligible for the Hall of Fame,” (“The Steroids Era”).

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