Baseball and Steroids

Baseball should no longer allow the use of steroids. Because professional baseball players frequently utilize steroids, the sport’s legitimacy is suffering. The male hormone testosterone is synthesized in anabolic steroids. In its natural state, testosterone encourages and enhances the growth and development of muscles. Steroids added to it result in an increase in muscle mass, a decrease in body fat, and improved endurance. More articles about steroid usage can be found in

There are three places on an athlete’s body where steroids can be injected: the butt, the shoulder, and the thigh. In his book Juiced, Jose Canseco claimed that more than “85 percent of baseball players utilize steroids” (136). Baseball players who have used steroids for a long time have seen numerous negative health effects. Baseball has proposed implementing random drug testing throughout the season in an effort to toughen its drug policy.

There was a congressional hearing on BALCO on March 17, 2005. California is where BALCO is based. Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco, and Jason Giambi have all reportedly received steroids from BALCO, a feeding facility. Five players—Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Jose Canseco, and Curt Schilling—were called upon to testify before Congress. Greg Anderson, Bond’s trainer, and Victor Conte, the head of BALCO, were not summoned to testify before the House Committee in California during this time. Greg Anderson and Victor Conte should have been called to testify, in my opinion, because of their significant involvement in the usage of steroids in baseball. Congress put baseball and the NBA under pressure after the session was over.

The Major League Baseball Players Association will start enforcing harsher rules and take a zero tolerance approach to performance-enhancing substances (Wikipedia). In 2004, the policy was as follows: a first positive test resulted in a suspension of 10 games; a second positive test resulted in a suspension of 30 games; a third positive test resulted in a suspension of 60 games; a fourth positive test resulted in a suspension of one full year; and a fifth positive test resulted in a penalty at the commissioner’s discretion.

Players underwent testing at least once a year, with the possibility that some underwent testing frequently. The penalties were stiffened in 2005; a first positive test would result in a suspension of fifty games, a second would result in a suspension of one hundred games, and a third would result in a lifelong ban from MLB (Bodley 1).

Major scientific studies have shown that anabolic steroids have harmful effects on the body, and baseball should forbid its players from using them as a result. Here are all the health problems that a player may have while using steroids or in the years thereafter. Strong evidence suggests that anabolic steroids that include a 17-alpha-alkyl group are what induce liver cancers.

Furthermore, anabolic steroids may cause hepatocellular cancer. Breast development in men who have AS is a well-known adverse effect (gynecomastia). Gynecomastia is brought on by elevated levels of estrogens, the usual female sex hormones, in the bloodstream. The majority of research has been on factors that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, particularly the impact of anabolic steroids on blood pressure and plasma lipoproteins. Users of anabolic steroids run the risk of developing drug dependence, which can lead to withdrawal symptoms after stopping use. The signs of withdrawal include aggressive and violent conduct, mental depression with suicide thoughts, mood swings, and occasionally acute psychosis. A few less severe adverse effects of steroids are also present.

Premature hair loss or baldness, dizziness, mood swings, such as rage, aggression, and depression, delusions, intense feelings of mistrust or fear (paranoia), difficulty sleeping, nausea, vomiting, trembling, high blood pressure that can over time harm the heart or blood vessels, aching joints, a higher risk of tearing muscles and tendons, jaundice or yellowing of the skin; liver damage, urinary issues, and shortening of femurs

Not only can taking steroids be harmful to the body, but injecting steroids is also risky. Needles are the most prevalent method of injection for athletes. Injecting steroids is crucial since it occurs so regularly because drugs need to be taken two or three times per week. The butt, the shoulder, and the thigh are the three primary injection sites for steroids. Because they provide a sizable region where the needle may be securely inserted, these three areas of the body are the safest ones to inject steroids into. The improper approach to inject steroids might have serious consequences for your health. HIV and Aids are the two most well-known illnesses. By sharing needles or failing to properly clean the needle, athletes might contract serious infections (Steroid).

For athletes that utilize them, steroids present an unfair edge. They aid in the development of athletes’ strength, speed, and pitching ability. Evander Holyfield, a well-known athlete, stated “Well, a picture comes to mind when I think of steroids. It is a sort of cheating when you have the upper hand over someone. Unless it was acceptable to everyone, I suppose it wouldn’t be right. Because it can badly harm individuals, it isn’t permitted everywhere.” Players have smashed records that were supposed to be unbreakable because to drugs. For the most home runs in a season, Barry Bonds broke the record. The record shouldn’t count because Bonds broke it while using drugs, according to baseball columnists.

I used to look up to Barry Bonds when I was a little child playing baseball growing up. I attempted to watch every game, bought his jersey, and gathered all of his baseball cards. I no longer like him because of the steroids scandal that has surrounded him. I can’t admire someone who utilizes steroids. A person who I believe cheated his way to where he is now is not someone I can look up to. Due to the steroid scandal that has surrounded him, he has lost many admirers.

As a player and a man, Bonds has lost a lot of my respect. Ken Caminiti was a baseball player who made good use of drugs. He has claimed that using drugs helped him win the 1996 NL MVP Award. In my opinion, Ken’s MVP Award shouldn’t be revoked because he earned it before anyone realized that baseball players were using drugs. Steroid-using professional baseball players are poor role models for young children who play baseball. It teaches children that it is acceptable to use steroids to improve performance or cheat. When young children use steroids, their bodies are destroyed much more quickly than those of an adult. Their bodies are destroyed in such a way that it may permanently end their athletic careers.

When steroids cause imbalances in the body, they might lead to complications. Steroids rapidly increase muscular growth in young children, causing the rest of the body to respond too slowly. Although your muscle mass increases significantly, your connective tissue does not keep up. Because the tendons and ligaments are not strong enough, injuries like ligament tears occur. Overdeveloped muscles frequently cause damage to the knees. A femur fracture, which affects the bone that connects the hip and the knee, is one type of knee injury. The body will develop a bony bridge across the epiphyseal plate, where new bone actually forms, if the fracture damages it. This will limit growth in that leg. As the child ages, one leg will keep growing while the other stops, resulting in uneven leg length. Other steroid-induced joint injuries may recover more quickly than this, but the affected joints will never be the same.

I believe that players utilizing drugs damage the game’s legitimacy since I am a fan of the sport. It is not the proper method to play baseball. We absolutely have a problem in baseball, and using drugs is not honoring the game, says Hall of Fame baseball player Ryan Sandberg, who I agree with.

Julian Arnold

Chad Joshua Jolie is a 35-year-old government politician who enjoys chess, cookery and reading. He is entertaining and bright, but can also be very lazy and a bit rude. He is a British Buddhist who defines himself as pansexual. He started studying philosophy, politics and economics at college but never finished the course.

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