In 1889, Bud Galvin became the first man to use steroids in american sports when he tried to inject hormones from animals into himself. “Charles Brown-Sequard's "Elixir of Life," which became the earliest known performance enhancing drug in American professional sports when Pud Galvin of the Pittsburgh Alleghenys used it in 1889” (VICE). Since then steroids have been a staple in american sports, especially the game of baseball. When people think of the best player in baseball many people will say without even thinking about, Babe Ruth, the great yankee slugger who hit close to 720 homeruns in what people will call the dead ball era. Babe Ruth, however may have been using some sort of performance enhancing drug when he was still playing with
The 1920’s through 1930’s were the golden age of baseball. Many teams started to rise to fame and many players began to become popular. This was after the Black Sox Scandal which caused baseball to head downhill and lose support from fans. Babe Ruth was one of the players who transformed baseball from just a sport into a national pastime. He rewrote the record books and became known to a popularity that no one has ever seen.
Athletes should be allowed to use steroids in sports, legally. Performance enhancing drug use is increasing muscle strength, body size, and the healing rate. It allows fans to see the maximum potential of the athletes. However (transitions) it is not fair to the athletes that don 't use steroids.
As any average baseball follower knows the all time hits leader for Major League Baseball, Pete Rose, is banned from baseball due to gambling charges in the 1980s that led to him also being banned from Cooperstown, also known as, The Hall of Fame. The argument I’m bringing forward is not a rare one or an educated one. It is very hard to justify not letting him when baseball players who are proven steroid users are in the Hall, see Jose Conseco, and that’s the only one that is proven, there is a 100% chance that there are more. You could argue that comparing betting on baseball while playing and managing is not comparable to steroid users. That it is comparing apples to oranges, but I’m arguing this, breaking the rules is breaking the rules, at least gambling never improved Pete Rose’s performance in a biological sense.
The guidelines had two main factors: One, each player would be tested at least twice a year; two, the punishment for offenders was also dramatically increased, first time offenders would be given a fifty game ban,without pay, a second time would result in a suspension of 100 games, and third time offenders would be banned for life. In reality, players have and always will use an unfair advantage as success is measured by an athlete's ability to keep ahead. Whether It be pine tar, amphetamines or steroids. By banning steroids, players have resorted to using undetected illegal substances. Therefore, instead of banning PED’s altogether, it should be allowed with one major stipulation, the MLB should create a committee dedicated to the sale and use of steroids. Current commissioner Rob Manfred should allow players to use them at their own risk by creating and controlling a legal market. This would eliminate players from using worse illegal and undetected drugs and would give each player the same potential advantage. If instead of going through a black market, it was legalized, doctors could create less harmful PED’s. In addition, this would cause more
Steroids should only be used for medical reasons and not for better performance. I cannot seem to understand why athletes would take any kind of drug without medical advice or take any drug with so many hazardous side effects. There are reasons why people do what they do, but after researching performance enhancing drugs, I would not think of any reason to use such a drug with so many ill side effects. In my opinion, if you do not have the natural ability and have to rely on a performance-enhancing type of drug, you should not be playing. Drug testing would be the best idea, but it is still not 100% on results quite yet. Hopefully soon they will get drug test that will be able to pick up all types of performance-enhancing drugs. Steroids will continue to be a big issue in the sports industry. These types of drugs should not be allowed because it gives the player a greater advantage over other players who are playing with their natural ability. Many players will take steroids to help them play better. This issue could be solved if steroids were not so easy to get ahold of. As a final point, steroids will continue to be an issue in baseball until someone decides to step up and stop
For years, the use of performance-enhancing drugs has haunted all levels of sport, baseball taking the majority of the publicity. Many have lost sight of the fact that baseball players are not the only athletes that face this life threatening addiction. Due to the amount of padding they have to wear, football players can easily disguise their size therefore keeping them from receiving scrutiny from the public. This has allowed more and more players to look to PEDs in order to gain an edge over their opponents. The issue spans to not only the professional level, but the high school and collegiate divisions as well. Because the National Football League sits on a higher platform, they bring in an exceptional amount of money compared to that
For two straight years and possibly even longer, Alex Rodriguez spent over $12,000 a month for performance enhancing drugs (PED) to gain an unfair advantage over his competitors (Weaver). Professional athletes like him are subject to huge contracts and an incredible amount of pressure to perform at a high level. As a result of this, many resort to steroids as a training aid. It is difficult to keep regulations on steroids in different sports leagues. Some steroids can be undetectable in drug testing and some leagues simply do not have strict enough rules on steroid use. This is extremely unfair to players that work unquestionably hard to be a professional athlete while some athletes are cheating through the use of steroids. It also destroys the integrity of the sport because awards, records, and championships seem to be fallacious.
Barry Bonds has the most home runs by any Major League Baseball player in history with 762 home run. He surpassed legends of the game like Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth. Barry Bonds went to Arizona State university for college. He was drafted in 1985 by the Pittsburgh Pirates and started his career in 1986. In 1993 he signed with the San Francisco Giants and finished his career there in 2007. Barry Bonds was a great hitter, he hit a lot of home runs. In 2003 Barry Bonds had to go to court for being a consultant with the BALCO organization. He was one of many athletes that got caught up in the doping scandal associated with BALCO.
In “Cheating and CHEATING” by Joe Posnanski, he is responding to Pete Hamill and arguing against him, unlike Moller’s article that is a personal experience. Posnanski tells facts on cheating in the baseball games such as “Leo Durocher and the Giants, who rigged an elaborate sign stealing system”(556).He mentions drugs and tells just what he’s read about which is the good and the bad side of them. His article is centered on Willie Mays as it should be as a response with him being the focus. Moller on the other hand, author of “We, the Public, Place the Best Athletes on Pedestals” had actually taken Ritalin a handful of times to study with and personally felt the effects kick in “hypersensitized, stuffed-up, sweaty, wide-eyed mess, but I studied until I heard the birds chirping. And I aced my test” (Moller, 545).He sees personally the pull of drugs to perform better in scholarly work for himself and understands personally why the baseball player’s would do the same. The down side and health effects almost seemed to not matter when one is doing so well in their career or life. He talks about different types of performance enhancing drugs that he or his friend used and why they are prescribed. Moller says there is Ritalin, its effects already mentioned above, steroids which Alex used as well as not just a drug and just to get ahead “resin on his baseball “ that hides substances that effect the movement of the ball(Moller,550).There are other drugs too that he mentions from pro athletes such as Adderall and andro. He also shares that “after Ritalin was outlawed in MLB, the number of baseball players being diagnosed with ADD jumped
Pete Rose is infamously known for gambling on baseball games during the season. When players gamble on athletic events, a player may intentionally play terrible or intentionally influence the outcome of the game to the way they placed their bet, (Kennedy 49). While Rose was a manager it was often believed that he “overused Rob Murphy”, due to him placing many bets on his team to win. The desire to win the bet pushed Rose’s decisions to do what was best for the money instead of focusing on the long season. The Pete Rose case is important to steroids because Pete Rose was banned from baseball on Aug. 24, 1989, (Verducci 67). Rose was banned for betting on the game of baseball, which is prevalent in America. However, players who continue to abuse steroids are given opportunity after opportunity to clean up their acts, but some of the athletes end back in the same situation as they were before. The suspensions increase as the number of offenses increases, but after a while Bud Selig should possible consider banning players due to them continue to taint the game. According to Michael Shermer, “Athletes have a huge incentive to dope.” In Shermer’s article, he discusses the small chance that athletes have of getting caught with using steroids. Also, he explains how using steroids can make you a millionaire but if you do not use them then “you
Throughout all of Mark McGwire 's season he hit 70 home runs. This is about ten more than the great Babe Ruth hit. “I do not believe for a second he could have hit that many home runs without the use of drugs” (Tim). McGwire has said multiple times that no pills or injections could give someone the hand-eye coordination to hit a baseball as well as him. McGwire is right, pills or injections do not give you hand-eye coordination but, they do give you more power when you do hit the ball. However, from the year Mark admitted he started using his batting average increased by 11% and his on-base percentage of 19%. “Whether Mark McGwire used steroids simply for his injuries or for his injuries and to bat better, it still happened and statistics show that he gained power from the drugs” (Tim). Steroids, being the powerful drug it is, can cause multiple strengths and gains you may not even be noticed. It is possible that Mark seriously does believe that the steroids were only helping him heal and not become a better athlete, but for the ones who are sitting in the bleachers or behind a TV screen to see it more clearly. When you think back to all the times you sat in the bleachers and watched a great athlete grow to an amazing athlete, you may not want to see Mark McGwire as the amazing athlete you watched him grow. You may see that the credit now must go to the steroids, but steroids do not make up McGwire 's personality, hard-work, and dedication. Steroids built Mark McGwire’s playing abilities up to a new level, but the steroids do not make someone work as hard as
Exciting time to be a baseball fan. With all of the drama and distractions in the sports world lately, it is refreshing to turn on TV and watch a sport that is devoid (for the most part) of drama. In case you have been so caught up that you haven 't been paying much attention, here are a few things you should know.
The use of steroids in major league sports has greatly influenced the way America’s pastimes are enjoyed. In the story of Jose Canseco, he attempts to convince me on several fronts that his use of steroids was neither bad nor significant. Throughout his story he explains to the readers about the shortcomings of baseball through opinions and his own personal experiences. After all is said he does make a compelling argument about the use of performance enhancing drugs, however he fails to convince me on all pillars of persuasion. He tells us ethically that his use had very little influence on him, while making us passionate in his quest to be the best, all the while making his argument logical. I found that his argument here is flawed regardless
Alex Rodriguez has been receiving a lot of attention he has been known for his skills on the ball field but recently got caught using steroids.Alex Rodriguez became a home run champ and a three-time MVP during his years with the Texas Rangers New York Yankees until he was suspended for the entire 2014 season for using performance-enhancing drugs.This research will analyze why athletes dope in sports and how it negatively affects the athlete 's health.