The Use of Sterioids in Baseball

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Steroids In Baseball

Baseball was meant to be a sport for people to play and to have fun while doing it. It was like that for a while until drugs such as steroids started becoming more accessible.

There has been an ongoing conversation lately about cheating in sports. Within the four major sports in the US, baseball has been talked about the most when it comes to cheating. It is not only a problem in Major League Baseball. Young kids playing in college use steroids. Nowadays, athletes will try their hardest to find a way to cheat, but that could not be truer when it comes to baseball athletes. They will do anything in order to get an advantage against their opponents. According to Todd Jones, “Baseball rules clearly state that you cannot use any foreign substance on the baseball to gain an advantage--no pine tar, Vaseline, sandpaper, shaving cream, whatever. The rules also say that hitters cannot doctor their bats to give them an advantage”(38). The rules are out there for everyone to learn and obey, but still it was not that long ago, last month to be exact that the New York Yankees’ Michael Pineda received a 10 game suspension for using pine tar while playing against the Boston Red Sox. Whether it is pine tar or steroids, the integrity of baseball players will always be questioned. There will always be cheating in baseball, and it does not matter how strict the drug-testing program is; players will always find new ways to use steroids.

Before steroids baseball players were using Amphetamines also known as greenies. Unlike steroids greenies were more acceptable by the players; “The pills energized players, helped get them through a tough series of games, a 162-game schedule played in 182 days. The only thing a player had...

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...r prices. Now that the game has gotten so big, Major League Baseball no longer wants to be linked to those who helped it become the multi billion-dollar empire it is today, but it will not be easy to eliminate the steroids era.

Athletes are always under pressure to perform well, and especially those who come into the game with high expectations from the fans and everyone else. Steroids are major problems in baseball, but it has vastly helped popularized the game. More people are fascinated by baseball than ever before, but when it comes to the usage of steroids in baseball, there will always be players using steroids. It does not matter how strict baseball’s testing program is, players will find new and creative ways to cheat. Players are getting faster and stronger due the usage of steroids. Like many players such as Barry Bonds, some will never get caught.
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