Thursday, March 12, 2009

Baseball's Era of Steroids

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Steroids in baseball has become the hot topic for the last few years, but steroids have been used noticeably since the mid to late 90s.

Once steroids became big in baseball, the game changed a lot. Guys started to look like body builders, and it became a more offensive game.

More and more guys started to hit 30 or more home runs per season. More fans came to games because people wanted to see the long ball, and with steroids the balls went further more consistently.

The number of users went up over the years. Back in the mid to late 90s the most notable users were Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.

More and more players began using them in the early 2000s. Barry Bonds became the face of baseball after breaking the single season and career home run records. Bonds was ousted from baseball, but he remained the face of the steroid era.

Most recently, superstar Alex Rodriguez inherited the title. Most people thought Rodriguez would save baseball from this era. This just showed how big steroids is in baseball.

People say that the steroid era ruined baseball, but I like to think otherwise. This era gave people what they wanted.

For the owners it meant more money went into their pockets because more fans were coming to games and more merchandise was being sold.

For the fans, they got to see more balls launched out of the park. It was a win-win situation for the owners and fans.

Steroids, though, do not give you talent. Granted it lets you hit the ball further but you still have to be able to put the bat on the ball.

It does not give you talent; it gives you a chance to enhance the talent that was given to you.

Look at it this way. If you were making $45,000 a year, and a coworker told you about a pill or injection that would let you double your salary.

The majority of people would take that pill or injection because we want to make more money. I think that is the way the athletes feel.

It is a competitive world and you have to do what you can to get the edge over the next guy to achieve the things you want to achieve.


~ Chris Dubon

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