Steroids In Major League Baseball

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Ever since I was a little kid there was one thing that I was passionate about and that was baseball. The best memory I have as a kid is when my dad took me out and bought me my first glove and bat. Almost every day my dad would take me out to the backyard and play catch with me for however long I wanted to. Most of my childhood friends were gained through playing baseball. Another significant day in my life is when my family took me to my first Major League Baseball game. I remember that day like it was yesterday the Minnesota Twins were playing the Boston Red Sox at the beautiful Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Twins became my favorite team, because of how they performed that day winning the game seven to one. That day I got to see what …show more content…

Major League Baseball has taken a stance on the use of steroids. In 1991 Major League Baseball banned the use of steroids. Just because baseball issued a ban did not mean that players would stop using steroids. Even though the ban was in place it had been discovered that the use of steroids was still at a very high number. So, then baseball took it another step and started testing players for the use of steroids in 2003. Although they were testing it did not mean that they were catching every player that was using steroids. The tests baseball was using only tested for the most prominent steroids, and not the no name steroids because they had not heard of them yet. Beyond that if a player did test positive for steroids the consequences they faced were not strong enough to stop a player from using them. Baseball than amped up their testing for every steroid that is known. They also took the upgrade in technology into good use by upgrading the test, and making it harder to cheat against. Another significant step that Major-League Baseball took was making the consequences more severe. For a first-time offender against the ban a player receives an eighty-game suspension and they can not compete in the postseason. If a player tests positive for a second time they are than suspended for a whole entire season. Then comes a third-time offender which has …show more content…

Some people argue that if players use them that they hurt the game of baseball, because it is cheating their way to fame. Others would argue that the use of steroids is good for baseball, because it allows for the game to be more exciting like it was back in the good old days. For the sake of this paragraph the focus will be on those that think the reduce use of steroids is good for baseball. Most of the people that argue this kind of point are the new generation of avid fans, because they haven’t lived through or study what baseball was like during the Steroid Era. These fans are just the casual fans that see the use of steroids as cheating with no other reason for using them. People on this side of the argument only see the negative effects that steroids have on the sport, and on the athletes, that use them. The first argument that this side would make is that the use of steroids in baseball is a form of cheating. Their evidence would be that when player’s use steroids they gain on edge, because of the affect the steroids can have on the body. Some steroids can make a player who has little to no talent at all, and then suddenly, they become one of the superstars in the sport. Along with that part of the argument they would also say that the sport should be played the way the game was invented, and that the real stars in the sport should be the ones who have the natural

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