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The Steroid Era In Major League Baseball
The question of steroid use in baseball has been ongoing since the 1990s. Several players have come forward to discuss what they believe is the rampant use of steroids in baseball. David Wells stated that he believes 25 to 40 percent of all players use steroids. Jose Canseco, wrote in his tell-all book thinks as many as 85% of the players use steroids. Ken Caminiti revealed he won the 1996 NL MVP award while on steroids.
In December, 2004 Jason Giambi of the NY Yankees told a federal grand jury he injected himself with human growth hormone during the 2003 baseball season. He stated he had used steroid for approximately 3 years. Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Raphael Palmiero all have all been suspected of taking steroids.
Barry Bonds is perhaps the biggest story when it comes to steroid use in baseball. The Bonds controversy continues even more now since he has surpasses Hank Aaron as the All Time Major League Baseball Home Run Leader. It is believed that Barry Bonds, although he hasn't admitted to taking steroids, may not be a lock for the Hall of Fame. It appears that many of the baseball writers may not vote him in (on the first ballot) based on his suspected use of steroids.
The use of steroids in minor league baseball is also a problem with many prospects believing that using them is the only way to make it to the big dance. It is important that major league baseball focus this segment to eliminate the use of steroids in baseball. In addition, it is obvious that the negative implications of using steroids needs to be addressed at the high school and college levels as well.
The use of steroids in major league baseball is now in the open. It is a black eye for baseball but bringing it to the forefront is the only way to remedy the situation.
The Steriod era continues to plaque not only Major League Baseball but professional football, professional cycling, professional wrestling and many Olympic sports.
People ask why would someone risks the health issues associated with steroid use. There is no clear answer but the attraction of making millions of dollars is alluring to many and seem to be worth the risk of their health or getting caught.
This epidemic really is just coming to light and unfortunately there will be many more stories we will hear about in the next few years.
It is extremely important that youth baseball, high school and college coaches educate our children about the truth of steroids.
Steroids is not the answer to becoming an elite athlete, for want-to-be professional baseball players it is done by hard work and great baseball instruction.