Well it seems that baseball can not escape the grips of steroids. Former Cy Young winningÂ Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher.
As any sports fan knows, baseball has had a major problem with performance enhancing drugs since the late 80’s. Then in the late 90’s players like Mark McGuirre, Jose Conseco and Sammy Sosa brought the obvious use of steroids to our attention. Baseball has always had the most relaxed testing standards of any major sport.Â But baseball could not just ignore the problem anymore.Â So baseball implemented its current drug testing policy in 2004.Â And the testing is not random, but administered on a basis of “reasonable cause”.Â Since 2004 there have been 67 players that tested positive for “banned substances”. Over half were performance enhancing drugs. There have been 5 players that tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in 2012 alone.Eric Gagne has just finished writing hisÂ book. And to follow in the footstepsÂ of Jose conseco…in hisÂ bookÂ he alleges that during his time with the Dodgers
(1999-2006) 80% of the team was using performance enhancing drugs. Gagne did not name any players specifically in hisÂ autobiography called “Game Over”. The right-handed three-time all-star and 2003 Cy Young winner set a record convertingÂ 84 consecutive save chances. That prompted the phrase “Game Over” when he arrived at the mound!
It doesn’t seem like baseball really wants to get rid of the problem.Â It is great for ratings!!Â Â Baseball was exciting when McGuire and SosaÂ were crushing the ball. It is what i have come to expect out of baseball.Â Â If these players are going to get paid hundreds of millions of dollars to hit a ball, i want the ball to explode!Â Â A baseball player doesn’t have to be able to run a mile. He just needs to hit the ball! This problem will continue to plague the sport until MLB takes control and demands stricter testing.
Another major problem is the message it sends our youth.Â Our kids are growing up knowing that their heroes are taking drugs. That it is ok to cheat if everyone else is doing it. And as long as you don’t get caught you can be the next MLB star!!
Until next time…