Baseball Players and Using Performance Enhancing Drugs
In the recent years the use of steroids in professional sports has become widespread, and major league baseball is more than any other. This paper will discuss using performance enhancing drugs will not get players into the Hall of Fame. Players use performance enhancing drugs to gain a competitive advantage over other teams and players. The definition of cheating is violating rules or restrictions to gain an advantage. It’s plain and simple and is a form of cheating.
Major league players who got in the hall of fame in the past used their pure natural talent. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognize outstanding natural talent ...view middle of the document...
Should the MLB committee change to a harsher punishment, so we send a clear message to upcoming players to never consider using PED’s? On the other hand we fans are wandering why MLB players take these PED's.
Becoming a professional athlete is a major accomplishment while others take it for granted. Money, power, fame, and glory is all they seek. They do not care about winning a World Series. They could care less if they were voted an All-Star. The more Major League Baseball allows its owners to pay high priced salaries to these players, the less these players care about winning. A clear example is that of the 1919 World Series, where some players of Chicago White Sox threw the game for money. This is a disrespectful act of greed to everyone, and shows us how far players are going for money. Why wouldn't the players do it for steroids? It’s along the same line as throwing games for money. Although it sounds as if all players are on the same page, a few have come out and discussed steroid issues.
Recently, Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, criticized Major League Baseball for the lack discipline being enforced in regards to steroid use. Schilling said, “The owners have not pushed for a better testing policy because they enjoyed the increase in homeruns and power hitting” (Yamaura1). Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball executive vice president, said “If the current arrangement for some reason is not enough to satisfy the players, there is an independent agency out there.” It seems as though the league does not want to take responsibility in seeking out these steroid users and abolishing this problem. This creates a corrupted organization that is not recognizing the pure and natural talent. Looking at players since steroid use shows that there is a change in there stats.
Players such as Roger Clemens, has never admitted to using steroids, but other trainers who has worked with Clemens say they saw him take steroids. A big question arises if he...