Essay on Steroids in Baseball

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Steroids in Baseball

"Steroids in Baseball"

Today in the United States, millions and millions of kids, teens, and adults watch and
play in the sport of baseball. It is probably the number one sport looked upon and what is
happening to it is a bit discouraging. Players have started "cheating" by using steroids
to help them play stronger and better. They are in league where you have to be the best at
what you do to play, and if your using drugs to cheat your way in, then it ruins the
ethics of the game of baseball.

Baseball first started in the mid-1800's as game for people to play and have fun in. From
then until a few years ago it has continued that way until drugs known as steroids popped
into the hands of players. Once a player leaves his college dorm and gets off his college
baseball team and heads out to play for the MLB, his views start to change. He joins the
baseball team in college to play as a team. He has on view in mind and that is to do his
best and to win for his school. He is playing for his school, not himself and has the time
of his life. Their view changes in an instant once they enter the major leagues. Baseball
suddenly converts from a sport based on fun and teamwork to the focus on money and
yourself. The ethics in baseball just drift away once this switch occurs and everything
has changed.

How exactly do the ethics just drift away? The conversion into the major league is a
conversion from game to business and once the players enter into the pros everything
changes. The MLB is just a giant business. How can you see it otherwise? Steroids in
baseball have changed dramatically over the past ten years and a major factor impacting
the changes may be players' use of performance enhancing drugs. Do these players not
realize that they are cheating? They are putting a drug into their bodies to make them
better then everyone else. In less than four years Babe Ruth's single season record of 60
home runs has been broken by Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds. These were three of
the players who were faced with a charge of using steroids and notice how they are three
of the top hitters. McGwire just retired too, I think steroid use, and people finding out
had a smidge to do with it. All these players aren't losers, they are all stars and looked
upon from all over and know are being accused of cheating. (Kingsbury)

Today's players are bigger and stronger than the baseball heroes of yesterday and many
sports writers and baseball analysts suspect the reason involves the use of
anabolic-androgenic steroids. U.S. lawmakers are considering a national anti-steroid
policy to discourage players from using illegal performance-enhancing drugs. (Miga)
Anabolic-androgenic steroids are man made substances related to male sex hormones. These
steroids are used by athletes to artificially raise testosterone levels in the body.
Raising testosterone levels allows the user to train longer and harder, increase muscle
mass and add body weight primarily through retention of dietary protein and body fluids.
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