Major League Baseball in known as America’s Favorite pastime. Many people including children, college students, and the elderly fill baseball stadiums regularly, but do these people know the truth behind the success of their favorite player? This question is what Zev Chafets discuses in his essay “Let Steroids into the Hall of Fame.” Chafets argues that the regulations set in major league baseball should no longer ban the use of performance enhancement drugs. Chafet says “Fans will accept anything except the sense of being lied to” (245), therefore if the fans don’t care about the drugs players use why should the Hall of Fame? Cahefet attempts to back up his argument by say that professional athletes undergo a large amount of stress there for they should be excused from the law. …show more content…
Since the middle of the twentieth century performance enhancements drugs have been popular in sports such as baseball. This was not the begging of the use of these drugs, this drug use dates back to the Greeks, who would use it in their sports (Mottram 1). Many people are unaware of this us because the Greeks kept this hidden from everyone except those involved in the sport (Mottram 1). These drugs were also beginning to get banned in sports starting with the Olympics (Mottram 2), once the effect that these drugs have were analyzed to do more harm than good. By analyzing the effect that performance enhancement drugs have on the athlete, the sport (Major League Baseball), and younger athletes, more than enough evidence will be given to counter prove Chafets arguments on legalizing the use of performance enhancement drugs in Major League
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Some of baseball’s biggest sluggers at the time were under the microscope when the news of steroid use became popular. Jose Canseco, Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, and Mark McGwire were possibly the biggest headlining names during the steroid era in baseball. Since using performance enhancing drugs in baseball is considered cheating, then the players who tested positive for PEDs should be excluded from the baseball Hall of Fame. The year is 1998, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa are competing to beat the all time record of home runs in one season.
Instead of grouping both sides of the argument in separate sections, Caplan attempted to format the essay like a conversation, or an informal argument. He introduced the issue, explained one side of the argument, gave information around athlete steroid scandals, provided the other side of the argument, included a rebuttal to the other side, and then concluded. Instead of creating an effective and unique format, the argument appears cluttered with ideas, reasons and rebuttals. For the audience, a clear format is key to the success of the argument as the readers must be able to comprehend the main points with ease. If one is not able to understand the argument, the credibility of the argument is compromised as the reader may not trust the argument if the author fails to make the information clear.
Most Athletes Do Drugs, But Who Really Cares Athletes using performance enhancing drugs have always been in the media. When a beloved athlete is caught using drugs the media tears them apart. Any one’s favorite athlete could become nothing to them after a drug test. The articles “Cheating and CHEATING” by Joe Posnasnski and “We, the Public, Place the Best Athletes on Pedestals” by William Moller, show two sides of the effects of media as well as fame for athletes. As mentioned, “Cheating and CHEATING” by Posnanski gives its own side to the effects of media.
The question which is on most people minds is what to do with the records of those who are caught using steroids. In a 2005 ESPN poll, more than 60% of respondents wanted the player who used steroids to have their records erased and to eliminate them from the possibility in joining the Baseball Hall of Fame (Cohen, 2005). In an NPR poll, 45% wanted a steroid abuser to have their records stricken from the archives of baseball (Memmott, 2013). MLB should implement a program where on day one all players are briefed about what will happen and to ensure it has consequences. One implementation to this policy is that those in violation while using steroids will cause their team to forfeit any and all games in which that player played.
A step in this direction is the new drug testing program that was negotiated and approved by the owners and players for the 2005 season. It is far more comprehensive, intrusive, and punitive than the 2002 program that it replaced. Time will tell whether the new program will rid the sport of the blight which allows juiced-up players to achieve phony records that overshadow authentic accomplishments (Staudohar. 2005).” All players work hard everyday, but the ones who are taking steroids to get ahead faster are just cheating themselves. Although, there could be a brighter side to steroid use.
Major league baseball players are at the most competitive level now than they have ever been. Some may think it is for the use of performance-enhancers. Many players are getting caught using steroids and other enhancers. Some of the greats have lost their records and accomplishments they made because they used enhancers. Baseball players are using performance-enhancers to get to the top of the game and stay.
Steroids use at its prime during the late 80’s spanned from pitchers to big meathead clean up hitters. During the late 80’s early 90’s MLB saw a curiously high increase in Home Runs, especially in 1997, Roger Maris home run record was broken 2 time. “From 1998–2001, San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire and Chicago Cubs right fielder Sammy Sosa, hit sixty home runs a combined seven times”(NYC Local). This season long home run derby was actually beneficial to the game as popularity shot up and more fans started to show up to more games. This happened because people wanted to come and watch 450 foot moonshots, which is why MLB turned its back on the rumors, and yes they more the likely knew what was going on but when you're bringing in money and more fans than ever then why try to regulate
Fans go to games to watch superhuman athletes play, not average ones. McGwire and Sosa generated so much fanfare because they did the impossible. Only years later, Barry Bonds astounded fas around the world, as he broke McGwire’s record. As the great Vince Lombardi once said “Defense wins games, offense sells tickets.” With the absence of steroids, pitchers are taking over the game; by using steroids a player is able to reach his full potential.
By allowing professional athletes to use drugs, what message are we sending out to young sports players and those who idolize their sporting heroes? Is the goal to inform them on how to cheat, or how to use your own muscle and blood to win? Performance-Enhancing drugs used by athletes can cause many health problems and create an unfair advantage to other athletes. Many of the performance enhancers used have serious health risk and allow the use of such substances could cause peer pressure to all athletes to consider using them. Athletes dreaming to improve their performance the easy way are often the first you see to start using substances; this places them at risk of the many consequences.
Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) have been used in sports for many years. The common term for it is doping. It is one of the most important issues among professional athletes today. Doping should not be allowed in professional sports. The use of performance-enhancing drugs creates a disadvantage for the athletes that don't use PEDs since they will not perform as well as the athletes that used the drugs during the game or competition.
Baseball is one of the biggest staples of the American culture. There's a huge fanbase for them, they are the modern day gladiator. The difference is these players make millions of dollars and fame while gladiators just got fame. Now and days, athletes are putting up remarkable stats as training paraphernalia continues to make huge strides. Not all the time is it the newest Riddell helmet or Rawlings bat that is helping players out though, as sometimes it's some good old performance enhancing drugs.
AS91101 - 2.4 Writing Portfolio Piece Two - Cooper Title: Drugs in sports Drugs have become an integral part of any modern day sporting event. Drugs give an unfair advantage to the user and the competitors that are using enhancements are not using their own full abilities to win the Olympic medal or championship. This makes it unfair to other competitors that are not using a drug or other enhancements to compete. Athletes like Lance Armstrong and Nadzeya Ostapchuk not only give sportsmen and women a bad reputation but influence the way the public think about sports and run the risk of addiction and long-term health issues.
This article is written by Dr. David R. Mottram, B.Pharm., Ph.D., F.R.Pharm. S. who is an Emeritus Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Liverpool John Moores University in Liverpool, UK. This article tackles multiple subjects on the topic of performance enhancing drugs. Firstly, it tackles the many reasons why athletes would use performance enhancing drugs. It dives deep separating the use of PEDs by athletes to several categories from therapeutic use to treat medical conditions to recreational use to most important of all performance enhancing use.
“Lost Innocence” by Jeremy Bernard is about the innocence of baseball and how it was lost by the use of PED drugs. George Mitchell and Eric Walter argue on this topic. They agree with one thing, that there is a risk to health. But they disagree on the risk that it places to adults, and who should be the one to make a decision, if the risks are worthy enough that someone should do something. Walter argues that there is no information that a harm comes from using the drugs, but Mitchell takes a different turn; since there is no evidence so far of the drug then it should not be allowed.
Robert l. Simmons, a doctor of philosophy, for marjorie and robert W. McEwen professor of philosophy at hamilton college, reported that "I would argue that prohibition [of steroids] is justified because (1) steroid use makes little sense if everyone uses; gains are minimal and everyone is exposed to the risks, (2) how your body reacts to a steroid is not an athletic talent like running or hitting.. This date proves that if everyone uses steroids it would make more sense not to use them because if everyone uses them everyone would have an advantage and everyone would most likely be equal in the sport.... If a player is caught using steroids he should be out of baseball for a full year. If the player uses them again, he should be banned for life. No one uses steroids by