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The Controversy of Baseball and Steroids

Updated on September 6, 2014

Steroids Make Baseball "Impure" ? Not so fast.

This lens was created to dispel the myth that somehow steroids in baseball has caused the game to become less "pure." People who claim to be baseball purists have selected amnesia. I am not saying steroids in baseball is right, so PLEASE do not put words in my mouth. What I am saying, is that steroids in baseball is just one item in a very long list of things that have caused the game to change and not be "pure" anymore. Once you have read this, you will wonder just what baseball purists mean when they talk about keeping the game pure. Manny Ramirez was not even caught using a steroid but another so-called banned substance. Seems like all big stars will eventually be caught doing something.

I remember when wearing stickem in football was the norm but illegal. Now all players wear gloves. That was unheard of 40 years ago. Wide receivers wearing gloves is a huge unfair advantage to those players who were bare handed. But let's get back to the topic of baseball, steroids, and asterisks! Steroids in baseball is only one small part of baseball's past that has created controversy..

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American Icon The Fall of Roger Clemens and the rise of steroids.

Number One Reason Why Asterisks are a Bunch of Baloney.

Did you forget this about baseball's past?

So somebody took steroids. Big deal. Let's take a look at something that really make's this whole argument look rather lame.

When people talk about the purity of baseball, most think of the 1920s and 1930s. The Babe Ruth- Lou Gehrig era. Hmmm. That's strange because they talk about putting asterisks by Barry Bonds, but fail to want asterisks by Ruth and Gehrig. What for, you may ask. Simple. Black players were banned. That's right, people. Barry Bonds would have never even been allowed to play! How fair was that? Do we put asterisks up for those players' records before African American's were allowed to play? I'd say so. What kind of a record can it be if you did not face anyone from a certain race? So before you talk about asterisks and the sulliness of Barry Bonds and others, let's talk about the racism that occurred in baseball.

***EVERY statistic before black ballplayers were allowed should have an asterisk!

Second Reason Why Baseball, Steroids, and Asterisks are a Farce.

You still have to hit the ball!

If you have never stepped into a batter's box, you have no idea what a truly difficult thing it is to hit a baseball at 90MPH with a wooden bat.

You still have to have excellent reflexes, bat control, eyesight, batting mechanics, and concentration. Steroids do absolutely NOTHING for those things. In fact, one could argue they actually hurt. Look it up. High doses of steroids cause cataracts.

Hitting a baseball out of the park is perfection at its peak. Everything must be perfect.

So anyone who took steroids did nothing to improve the above. Nothing. And believe it or not, sheer strength has little do with hitting homeruns. Tall, lanky batters with sweet swings are much more likely to hit the most homeruns overall.

Roid Rage is not going to make you a better batter. In fact, not only does it not make you a better ball player, but it makes you a worse human being. I've seen Barry Bonds stand in the outfield, take all sorts of shouts and slurs from fans right behind him. And all he does is stay silent. Roid rage would have kicked in if he was such a heavy user. He would have lost his composure. And believe me, I am a Dodger fan. I rooted against Barry Bonds.

Do a little experiment. If you have never played baseball beyond little league, visit a local batting cage. Step into just a 70mph cage and see how successful you are at even getting some wood on the ball. Then you will realize how much training and talent it takes to even get a lousy single in a real baseball game.

Legal Cheating!

You thought cheating was a modern phenomenon?

So steroid taking is cheating. Let's ban the cheaters! Put up asterisks!

Think again. In 1920, the spitball was banned from baseball. That means, pitchers up until that time legally tossed what was really a legally tampered baseball. So, what do you do to the unfortunate ballplayers who had to bat and hit a spitball? Babe Ruth had to. Ty Cobb had to. Do we put asterisks on every pitcher and batter before 1920?

And here is the kicker...Anyone who was pitching the spitball in 1920 could still toss it after it was banned! The prohibition was only for NEW pitchers! So, the legal cheating continued past the ban! Amazing how baseball purists forget!!!

Gaylord Perry Cheated all the way to The Hall

If you think Perry did not cheat, well...

Here is a quote from the Hall of Famer, Gaylord Perry:

"I became an outlaw in the strictest sense of the word - a man who lives outside the law, in this case the law of baseball."

This type of cheating, however, has always been condoned. Makes baseball quirky. Adds flavor to the game. But where were the baseball purists?

Baseball Gloves, Then and Now

Would that glove on the right be cheating in 1920?

How about if you showed up on the field with that over-sized-2013 glove in 1920?

Would you have been laughed off the field? Accused of cheating?

Is it okay to get a competitive edge using better equipment but not by some other enhancement? How can you possibly say that using the glove of today is not a farce compared to the gloves of yesteryear? Legal? Sure, but these new gloves are vacuum cleaners compared to the past. C'mon! Be fair!

This Had the Most Dramatic Change to Modern Baseball

The Mound. Here's one that many baseball purists forget. Or don't even know about. You know what happened in the 1960s? I lived through it, albeit as a little boy, but I do remember. Pitchers ruled! (And this was before the DH) Nobody was hitting anything. Baseball was in a tizzy! What to do? Denny McClain won 30 games. The last man who will ever do it. Pitchers like Denny and Bob Gibson were just killing the swingers.In 1969, baseball took a tremendous step to dramatically change the game. The height of the mound was lowered from 15 inches to 10 inches. Many teams had even made it higher. With a steeper, higher slope, the pitcher gets an advantage. At a lower height of 10 inches, pitchers really took a hit, pun intended. So, what to do with the pitching stats before and after? Who gets an asterisk?

The Changes in Baseball Over the Years Have Dramatically Changed the Game

If you support asterisks, you need these as well. Don't be shy! Make it pure!

If steroid use is so bad, and so detrimental to the game, and so on, let's take a look at things that really changed the game. Steroids have had little effect compared to the ones below.

Night Baseball. 1939 brought the era of sunshine to a close. No more playing baseball under a hot sun. The lights and cooler temperatures alone changed the way people played and batted.

Wool Uniforms. Playing baseball in a wool uniform on a hot muggy New York day must have been murder. How easy is it to play now in all cotton in the cool of the evening?

The Shoes! Baseball players wore real steel cleats. How horrible! Ty Cobb even was known to sharpen them up! And oh those awful leather shoes! Nowadays, players wear custom shoes!

The Bats. Baseball players had to save on bats. They really had to keep the trademark up. Many players used the same bat game after game! Today's ballplayer has an unlimited supply of custom made bats!

The Mitts! Well, it would be hard to actually call them mitts. Have you seen the gloves from the early days? They were nothing more than gloves! They were very, very small. It's a wonder anyone caught anything! How about the gloves of today? They are oversized-waffles! You could catch a bear in one. Hard to imagine anything getting by any fielder today. That alone is the unfairness of playing today as opposed to yesteryear.

The Stadiums. They were huge and cavernous. In New York, the polo grounds in center field was over 450 feet. Holy cow! Many stadiums were similar. Batters had to really hit it far to get a homerun. How fair is it now to bat in a small stadium? Many are maxed out at 400ft or less. And how about playing inside a dome? How crazy is that? Air conditioned and climate controlled! Yeah, that's pure!

Astroturf. Thankfully, astroturf is on the way out. But many, many times in the 1970s I saw people get astroturf hits. And if you watched the Cincinnati Reds, you saw Dave Concepcion come up with the one bounce out. This would have been unheard of before astroturf. I'd say every single hit on astroturf should not even be counted. It worked both ways. Many ground rule doubles that took a huge astroturf bounce over the fence may have been triples.

The Designated Hitter. What a farce. If people really, really wanted baseball to be pure, the first thing mentioned would not be steroids. It would be the DH! This has prolonged many an old timers career. Old timers who can't run, but can still swing a bat. Every pitcher before this rule had to bat. How reliable are the stats, then? And now? Pitchers in the American League can sit on the bench and rest. How do you count hits and homeruns by designated hitters? Are they worth the same as ones that are hit by real ballplayers? I say no! Put an asterisk by them! Count them as only worth half! Maybe pitchers became so lousy from the mound being lowered, they had to do something.

The Length of the Season. It is now 162 games. Used to be 154. So right off the bat it makes no sense to match up stats from one era to the next.

Anti-Trust Exemption. Because of this act of congress, baseball has been able to ignore the laws of the land for all other business ventures. Up until the 1970s, players were locked to one team unless traded. If they refused to play, they were fired. Long term contracts were non-existent.

Baseball's History. All through the history of baseball, numerous players have had their share of cheating. In the past, it was looked upon as being cute or cunning.

We Need More Asterisks Because of These Things as Well.

Next up on the list: The Cushy Job of a Major League Player Today!

Travel, Food, Health, Physical Fitness, Off-Season Jobs

Teams traveled by overnight train in cramped cars. How could they possibly perform as well as a pampered major league player of today? The best planes, best hotels, best food, even a meal allowance!

Health. Today's players have access to an unlimited plan for health. Team doctors, the best hospitals, therapists, and more. What did the player of yesterday get? Lou Gehrig had to play while sick and injured. Players knew they would not have a place on the team if they did not. There was no injured reserve list or guaranteed contracts. Can we put an asterisk by Lou Gehrig because he would have done much better had he not been sick and injured? Yeah! Let's add 25 points to his lifetime batting average just to be "fair."

Physical Fitness. Today's player has access to a state-of-the-art fitness room. Sauna, spa, weight room, whirlpool, etc. These things did not exist back when baseball was pure.

Off Season jobs. For most baseball players, their salary was very little. Most had to get jobs during the off season to make ends meet. Can you imagine A-Rod driving a truck in the off season? He's too busy making the cover of People magazine.

How about food? Do you think baseball players ate better then or now? Babe Ruth hit 60 homeruns on hot dogs and beer. How about we put an asterisk by his name? better still, how about if we just pump his total up by, say 30 HRs to be fair?

An Often Over-looked Game Changer: WWII

World War II took a lot from the game.

Many major league baseball stars went into the service. Some of them volunteered.

Joe Dimaggio, Ted Williams, Bob Feller, and Hank Greenberg are hall of fame players who lost up to three years of playing time during World War II. The game was not nearly the same during these war years as all able bodied men and boys were going off to war. What should be done about those stats? Some of the best players were overseas.

Final Word,

Baseball, Asterisks, Steroids, Cheating

The argument is not whether taking steroids is right, wrong, or even cheating. The argument is about putting asterisks only for Barry Bonds and others. Baseball is not pure and never has been. Remember Curt Flood? Batting helmet flap rule? Not to mention the fact that every umpire has a different strike zone. Major League Baseball also has the Pete Rose farce, players strikes, antitrust, union busting, and more. And lowering that pitching mound instantly decreased the pitchers ability. Any doubt Gaylord Perry cheated most of the time? All his stats should definitely be asterisked. The season is 162 games now. The expansion of the league, the DH, and the live ball, are probably the number one reasons why batting average and homeruns are up.

So, raise the mound back up, ditch the DH, put Pete Rose in the hall, and even go back to Pre Jackie Robinson days of purity. That'll show 'em! Keep baseball pure. You do all these things, then indeed, I will agree to toss Barry Bonds and the like.

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Any good arguments, for or against, or just an opinion, will be published. What will not be published is just plain rants and raves. You don't need to be nasty! I'll get your point.

Give me your feedback on Baseball and Steroids - Please keep it clean and logically.

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      luis-dorticos 5 years ago

      We'd never know how much roids affected offense and pitching stamina. I suspect commish would like you believe roids usage main culprit versus livelier ball combined with steroid culture and expansion baseball.

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      You've made some excellent points and I agree with most. Personally, I don't care if they do or don't use steroids, it's their body. I love the game and have been a fan since Trammel and Whitaker were playing with the Tigers.

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      Spency12 5 years ago

      Great article! As a competitive baseball player, I look forward to a game free of cheaters!

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      SvenFletch 7 years ago

      Very interesting article. I totally agree that you can't and it's unfair to compare baseball players or players in any other sports from the present with those from the past. But i don't think changes like gloves' size and shape, stadium size, mound etc can be considered issues, cheating or something bad. What is cheating? it's doing something that will put one or other team or player at an advantage. Here everyone is playing with the same gloves, on the same stadium so they are in the same condition. Why I think steroids is bad for sports? Because steroids can help your muscles recover faster after a training or any physic effort. So then you are more likely to put more effort in your next training and get better results. Lets assume that steroids are allowed in sports. Not every player will agree to take them. That means those that will use steroids will be at an advantage and that's already cheating. I'm not against using steroids as long as you are not a sportsman and this will make you happier. This is my opinion and I'm not trying to argue anyone. just thought to post it.

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I love Baseball and none of the flap, about steroids or other issues, takes away from my pleasure. I agree with the points you make about steroids, the DH (which is totally silly - ALL players, including the pitchers, should have to take their turn at bat and many pitchers today in the NL are 'good' hitters), and Pete Rose. I also agree that you cannot compare past stats and player performances between 'yesterday' and today. Too many changes -- no comparison possible. Let's 'do away' with asterisks and controversy, and just 'get on with the game'! Play Ball!

      *Lensrolled to my two baseball pages.

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      mlnsports 8 years ago

      In one sense, you're right. Drugs have never been a rule of the game. The JDA is a sidebar agreement between owners and the MLBPA. It has no real force of law. You want to see what Steroids are really all about? I've spent two months poring over MLB's rules deals and testing protocols. It's all a big fat joke: http://www.mlnsports.com/baseball/affiliated/featu...

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      bengriston 8 years ago

      You make some very valid points. At what point and time is something an unfair advantage. Players today do not have the same issues to contend with that those in the past did and they have way better gear. That will continue to be true so that in 100 years purest will want the steroids back because there will be something else.

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      Sharon Berry 8 years ago from Michigan

      Lots of good information, especially about lowering the pitchers mound. I've been a baseball fan for many years but what I could never understand is how Congress could spend so many hours investigating the use of steroids when there were so many other important issues to be investigating that actually related to the running of our country.

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      Adelie 8 years ago

      This is probably not the right place to post this but there was no contact me button...

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      goodenov 8 years ago

      I recently posted this on yaketyyakclub.com: (excerpted)

      Sports And Drugs

      Published: 03 August 2009

      What’s the long lasting effect of the ongoing discovery of usage of drugs by many major league sports figures? Will fan participation drop? Do they really care? Every other day revelations about drug usage emerge like kernels from a popcorn machine. TV news show fans lamenting, “I can’t believe it, He was my hero…” followed by one or two teammates demonstrating undying support.

      Sports writers, news writers, bloggers, all are blathering about the latest revelation. Fans are arguing amongst themselves whether they believe the latest story.

      Drug usage in sports has gone all the way to the US Supreme Court. But has this entire hubbub affected sports itself in any meaningful way? By that I mean has the sports industry suffered financially? If not, it shows that the public really doesn’t care. They will still support their favorite teams, even without a few of their heroes.

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      askkellyforadvice 8 years ago

      I'm hardly a baseball fan, but thanks, I learned something new today...food for thought.

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      JonCucumber 8 years ago

      Well done, simple and interesting.

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      januarie 8 years ago

      Very interesting...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lense! I really enjoyed the old time videos from the past. Makes me thing of better days when bsaeball was simply and life was less complicated.

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      Donee 8 years ago

      Great lens, I like the link to honer a vet. awesome.

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      fairdeals4u 8 years ago

      Nice lens. You learn something new everyday.

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      EvanRoberts 8 years ago

      Awesome lens. Really made me think about baseball in a different way. Also, I enjoyed all of your graphics. Great job!!!

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      HealthyLiving4U 8 years ago

      Loved the lens!

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      Kylie2 8 years ago

      Fantastic blog- learning so much! This is such a great topic of interest as well. My boyfriend used to play baseball and he encountered so much of the information you have reported here, it was difficult to hear the stories and see the pressure sounding him. Thanks so much for sharing it.

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      daveusa59 8 years ago

      Great lens, it is very informative. Keep up the good work.

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      LifeAdviceSite 8 years ago

      Very insightful and well-thought out!

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      PepperAnn49 8 years ago

      I'm not into sports at all, but this is was a very interesting read. I enjoyed it very much. The only way I keep up with the sporting world is by reading articles that are informative, smartly written, short and to the point. Great Job!

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      tduenas05 8 years ago

      Nice Work! Many changes will always call for differences in performances. As long as it in the rules then it is fair.

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      WildwindE LM 8 years ago

      Thanks for a great lens--it brings it all back for me!

      As a sixteen year-old I befriended a new girl in school some forty years ago. We became fast friends and stay in touch even now. What I didn't know when we first became friends was that her father was a pitching coach for a major league start-up franchise. A baseball player all his life, having pitched in the world series under the tutelage of Casey Stengel, she never told potential friends about her father's history. She wanted people to like her for herself and not because of her father.

      But because of our friendship, I got to see a side of baseball most people don't.

      Baseball has a scarred history marred by its many slips and falls and growing pains, just like the rest of America, but you're right, what's the big deal about steroids, you still have to HIT THE BALL. Steroids only gave these players the ability to hit the ball farther. Not more often!

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      CCGAL 8 years ago

      This was an interesting read - I'm not a baseball fan (I actually like to play, but don't like to watch) - so I didn't know about the asterisks controversy, but I did know that the game has changed over the years. I learned a LOT about those changes from reading this lens, and it was an enjoyable journey. You absolutely deserved LOTD, and all the 5* ratings, too. Good Job!

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      build-your-business 8 years ago

      Hi Stephen,

      Very interesting to read all your lenses.I don't have to buy any book already :)

      Send my best regards to Paul.

      Best of health to you,your family and your friends.

      Have a beautiful day

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      Quaddamage 8 years ago

      Before 1990 anabolics were the norm in most every game aside from the olympics. They were not illegal but decriminalized in the sense that you wouldn't get in trouble. It was a wink and a nod kind of thing. then the hysterical mass media got started and asinine politicians found something to grandstand about. And all the weenys, the hall monitors-tattletales- and basically unhappy guys started making noise..

      And Bingo! They are suddenly classified right next to cocaine and heroin. all they do is help you to recover faster, if you suck at bat, you will still suck at bat If they were as dangerous as these chicken littles keep preaching, bodybuilders would be dropping like flies all over the world.lol. The very lamest retort is the one about Lyle Alzado stating that anabolics killed him because he wouldn't admit being gay.Otherwise I defy the weenys to name anyone who has been harmed. And, hey anabolics can help you look better naked! lol Stop believing every wivestale you hear.

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      willsnews 8 years ago

      Enjoyed the information in this lens

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      kuzek 8 years ago

      Your lens are truly wonderful, it's properly organize and nicely presented. Beautiful writings with strong points and very well balanced. Very relevant links, especially the collector items photos plus the memory lane videos. I do admit that it will definitely attracts readers to read till the end.. Expecting of more to come.

      Kuzek

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      abadial 8 years ago

      I love this lense. Great topic, great outline, and great writing!. Keep up the good work!

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      iflo 8 years ago

      good points there. great lens

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      Kate Loving Shenk 8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      I can see why this lens got LoTD award. It asks great questions and makes great points!!

      Bravo!

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      SALZBURG LM 8 years ago

      IMO still unfair when group of players are playing by the rules!

      Another group chooses not to play by the rules but juice up!

      The juiced up players are at an advantage with qucker recovery times and many cases are stronger.

      How about Brady Anderson hitting 50 hrs leading off.

      Many of the modern players from the 80-90 's took short cuts.

      How many players playing well into their forties could have done it with that quick fix?

      Sure the agenda was that next big contract and keeping that hot prospect at triple A.

      I don't know about that astericks but many will be denide ist entry to the hall of fame!

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      tripwire181 8 years ago

      The lens is awesome to say the least. You make some great pointsand keep in interested in the overall lens.

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      My-Mosaic 8 years ago

      I thought your lens was great. Lots of really great points. Pardon my ignorance, but I don't know what asterisks are, apart from being punctuation. I assume this is something in baseball or sports in general, and though I watch sports, I don't keep up with the stats.

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      alghaz01 8 years ago

      StephenC your are the great!!!..look what you have done LoTD..Great!!!!...very respectful when you have visit my lens..thanks..5* just 4 u

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      freedom-debt-relief 8 years ago

      WoW... i never knew thanks for the share

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      Learn1 8 years ago

      I've been a fan for over 40 years and have seen so much happen to the game I love. I thoroughly enjoyed your lens! It was very, very well done. As for the steroids... the simple answer is "who's going to care 20 years from now?" Only the purists, like me. I never felt Roger Maris should've had an asterisk next to his name. Was it his fault MLB added more games to the schedule? No. Should Aaron have one? No. My take on the 'roids is MLB KNEW it was going on and did nothing about it. Shoot, had Congress not threatened to make changes to the game to control it Bud "I didn't know about it" Selig would've never done anything. Although my gut tells me the steroids users should be banished from the record books and not allowed into Cooperstown my logic still says one of the most difficult things to do is hit a baseball coming at you close to 100 mph. Should Pete Rose not be allowed in the Hall because of betting when related to knowingly "cheating" with an as yet illegal substance?

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      orrinhawkins 8 years ago

      My take on all this b***s**t is that the owners are still laughing all the way to the bank. While the public sit around and debate then when the season start they(the fan) are back at the game with their season tickets.

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      Mountainside-Crochet 8 years ago

      Hi Stephen - had to come back and visit to congratulate you on this terrific lens becoming LotD. Cool.

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      Troyblue 8 years ago

      Great Work! You are a true master of writing lens!

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      Stephen Carr 8 years ago from Corona, CA

      [in reply to JoeBlack] Yeah, some very good points.

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      JoeBlack 8 years ago

      Very nice lens Stephen. Great point about the mound and newer equipment. Even though I feel that Steroids don't directly improve the ability to hit a baseball squarely, it is still a substance that is banned by the league. Steroids do not increase hand-eye coordination, which is key to hitting a baseball effectively, but it can make someone stronger resulting in a faster swing that allows a split second more to target the pitch before committing. Doesn't mean it gives them the skill. I just wish the media would stop ruining the name of baseball by singling out players. Teams should handle it internally, especially because other sports have players using plus all of our impressionable kids would stop hearing about these guys using those substances. If you get a chance check out my lens about a baseball swing or my site about

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      Stephen Carr 8 years ago from Corona, CA

      [in reply to RobFonner] Good point about those pesky old wooden tennis rackets.

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      RobFonner 8 years ago

      Great lens! Have to wonder if Ruth or Gehrig would have considered using steroids to get a better edge (like they really needed them!) or if a first baseman of the '20s would be ecstatic to use a glove from today. My dad used a glove from the early fifties, man they were small! I don't know how he caught line drive stingers! I think all sports evolve over the years for good or bad. Who wants to wear leather helmets in football or play with wood tennis racquets. I also got overheated agreeing with purists over steroids.My kid put it into perspective, he said "Dad get over it, it's just another era in baseball".

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      smokinghelper 8 years ago

      great lens, you've given me something to aim for!

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      patbham 8 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens. ilived in Wyoming for most of my life baseball was not king. My Grandmother was a hugde fan. She would lisen to the game on her transister radio and one ear phone, on her lap was a full blown dugout stat leger book. i looked up your article to see how it done i am pretty new to Squidoo. When you got a moment I would like you to check out my article and let me know what you think.

      Pat Patterson

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      endseparation 8 years ago

      Great lens! Lots of facts that this baseball fan wasn't aware of. Thanks!

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      eblaylock 8 years ago

      Very nice Work here Just by reading this i know more about baseball then i

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      edwardz1978 8 years ago

      very nice lens i tried to lensroll you to my lens but babe ruth gets in the way!!! LOL

      back from the grave so to speak.

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      ShortSaleRealtor 8 years ago

      Great lens hi 5 for you..

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      giterson 8 years ago

      You make great points, baseball players have been trying to find an edge since the game started. However, steroids might not help you hit the ball it does help it go further. So, it does help the batter hit further, the pitcher throw harder. I have been in the battersbox and faced nasty stuff, and your right it is hard to hit. I did find your lens enjoyable and I do agree with you except for that small point on steroids. I'm glad I found your lens I love baseball so thank you.

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      Seun_Ade 8 years ago

      Wow!! Amazing lens. I'm a newbie just working on my first lens but I know the real thing when I see it. Good stuff...good stuff!!!!!

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      Great lens very good input 5 stars!!.... rate mine www.squidoo.com/ufcundisputed www.squidoo.com/jiujitsusubmissions

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      dreamadventures 8 years ago

      a very interesting lens!

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      rean 8 years ago

      Classic American

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      I remember my brother moaning in high school, "When the dumb kids are getting 95 on tests because they cheat, and I get a 90 because I studied, I realize that I will have to cheat to do as well as they do"

      And of course, the real sin here, is that high school kids are realizing that to make it big they have to destroy their bodies.

      Put these guys in prison like the addicts they are.

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      usastruck 8 years ago

      As a huge fan of baseball, I found your lens very entertaining and informative!

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      Seemoney 8 years ago

      Awesome lens, 5 stars

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      Bill 8 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I do not know anything about Baseball, the issus mentioned here, the players or anything, but I still managed to find this lens entertaining...Well Done!!!! :-)

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      GetBackWithEx101 8 years ago

      Super nice lens... I love it!

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      highpriestess 8 years ago

      Pete Rose also had a thing or two to say....

      http://juicersshouldgetsecondchance.blogspot.com/

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      Ryan_McCullen 8 years ago

      The truth of the matter is that so many guys in MLB have been taking steroids over the past few years and none of them have been able to been able to hit the number of HR's that Bonds has been able to. You've gotta give the guy more credit...it's silly that they discredit him by putting asterisks by his name (Frankly I think it's pretty insulting). I love how you pointed out all the batting skills (that aren't helped by steroids) such as excellent reflexes, bat control, eyesight, batting mechanics, and concentration. The two biggest reason that I see for more HR's are that the ball parks today are smaller and the balls are harder. There so busy trying to point the finger that they never stopped to think maybe it's not steroids.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      aww. . . i love baseball! they mustn't do stuff to ruin the sport!

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      sixthgalaxy 8 years ago

      Great lens.

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      sportsbettingadvice 8 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for telling a different side to the story, it's good to hear something different in this market.

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      pylemountain1 8 years ago

      Great lens! I completely agree with you. Not sure if you mentioned it and I missed it - but chewing tobacco, snuff, etc. is a HUGE stimulant. I know because I was once addicted to the stuff. I'm not sure how things are now, but I can remember when ALL baseball players DID tobacco.

      For those of you who have never felt the rush of a lip full of tobacco - it's very powerful and I'm sure all that nicotine could be considered an "enhancing chemical".....

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      Stephen Carr 8 years ago from Corona, CA

      [in reply to DavidVLynn] Good points, and I did see the error! Thanks!

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      DavidVLynn 8 years ago

      A great lens! While I don't agree with everything, I totally agree with the premise. The saying, rules are meant to be broken, is most apparent in sports.

      What I have always wondered is why baseball is the only major sport that is ever associated with cheating? A football player takes steroids and it is on the news one day, but a baseball players pops on a test and it is on every type of newscast, at every hour for months.

      One thing I noticed was in your last paragraph you said lowering the mound instantly enhanced the ability of pitchers, but it did the opposite. Loved the read though, thank you.

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      Eklectik1 8 years ago

      Thank you for a great lens. I like hearing all sides of the story. Congrats on LOTD!!

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      chinnu301 8 years ago

      good lens revealing the information clearly great may be i do not know so much of base ball but this is helpful

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      Madnic 8 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! Great research & good arguments about a topic that is present not just in Baseball.

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      GingerAlly 8 years ago

      Well done on being LOTD! Congratulations !

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      LoKackl 8 years ago

      A lesson in research! Thank you. I predict you have a lens that's a real Game Changer.

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      LappiPump 8 years ago

      I liked the legal cheating and the baseball gloves - amazing! You made us see the whole thing from a different point of view. Five stars!

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      jimmywilliams 8 years ago

      Great lens and very excellent points were made. I too have been one saying that the rules of the game have never been pure and I hate to hear all of the sanctity of the game bologna. You knocked this one out of the park, great job and it looked as if the lens was well researched as well.

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      squid-janices7 8 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!! Your arguments are well laid out and presented.

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Excellent analysis. Of course I agree that taking steroids is not a good thing and dangerous to one's body, but I think perhaps a lot of the issue has to do with baseball players being role models for children. That's a very hot topic these days, in case you haven't noticed, and could make a good subject for yet another analysis. Wouldn't it be interesting for the old-time baseball greats to be able to play under today's circumstances, with today's equipment, at night under lights, with a cool uniform. Ain't gonna happen, but it's interesting to think about. Enjoyed the lens. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Mustang_Molly 8 years ago

      Steroids in sports is nothing new but is definitely this generation’s form of “cheating.” The pressure to be the best is always out there and what’s frightening from a parent’s standpoint is listening to the conversations being had by our youth today.

      Their view on steroid use is one that if the “big boys” are using it and becoming better ball players because of it, then it must be okay & safe for them to use.

      The cheating that has gone on from one generation to the next is nothing new. The sad part is that all of those things didn’t damage a person’s body. Steroids do. Facts show steroids increase muscle mass, strength, and ability to train longer and harder. But users can also become paranoid, irritable, delusional and have impaired judgment as well as high blood pressure, baldness and low sperm count.

      Steroids are a performance drug and these drugs should NOT be allowed in pro sports.

      Thanks for raising an interesting chat among our family!

      Cheers to a great article!

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      PunditP 8 years ago

      Fantastic post. People romanticize certain things sometimes and are led to get up in arms over inevitable change, baseball is yet another example as you demonstrate.

      Maybe its not the most apt comparison, but I usually draw the analogy to endangered species: Sure, I don't want to see a species go extinct, but throughout time literally millions of species of animals have gone extinct. The environment is always changing and to romanticize that it should stay the same is silly. Not to say I am in favor of humanity catalyzing this process.

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      Astrieanna 8 years ago

      congratulations on making LOTD! =D

      Very nicely organized. ^^

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      ss834 lm 8 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! I don't keep up with baseball but I really enjoyed this lens! You bring up some great arguments.

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      TopStyleTravel 8 years ago

      First congrats on LOTD! I am not a huge baseball fan but the issue of Steroids (a drug) is a present day problem. If the rules state they should not be used and the players signed contracts, then the rule stands. I too learned a lot from reading your lens.

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      Thought provoking. Have 2 baseball megafans here (husband and son) who might have some thoughts on all this. Nicely researched and presented; congrats on LotD!

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      Delia 8 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!!!!....5*

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      SilverLotus1 8 years ago

      I love baseball, and I love this lens. You've raised many good points. Thanks.

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      Stephen Carr 8 years ago from Corona, CA

      [in reply to supercibor] Yeah, you're right! How about George Brett and his pine tar? LOL!

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      supercibor lm 8 years ago

      WOW !.I learn something new everyday. I am just waiting for Manny Ramirez to comeback and show who the boss really is. Did Sosa's "rubber' bat give him any real advantage in breaking the home run records?

      Great job!

      Hector

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      e2000advertising 8 years ago

      Awesume!!

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      AdriennePetersen 8 years ago

      Excellent lens, a well-deserved LOTD! 5 Stars!

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      ROretired 8 years ago

      great lens. yesterday, today. it's like apples and oranges. how do you compare the two? I learned a lot from this lens, Thanks. maybe we should have a new Hall of Fame every so many years to make it fair.

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      eccles1 8 years ago

      congratulations on your LOTD !!

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      genewolfe 8 years ago

      Great content...well written. Congrats!

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      kguru1979 lm 8 years ago

      very nice lens I have ever visited. Keep it up.

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      jeffgoins 8 years ago

      Interesting read. Some decent points; however, I'm not sure that they necessarily are related to the use of steroids in baseball. Perhaps, a better title for the lens would have been "A History Lesson in Baseball for Purists." At the end of the day, using steroids is still unethical, I think, and the supposed ethics of such an act weren't really addressed. Or did I just miss something?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Congratulations and well deserved for this terrific lens. You've said so many of the things that I've wanted to say with my 50 years as an avid fan. People today are just so... programmed that they don't stop and think. I wouldn't ignore any record performances or play around with asterisks; even for the spoiled brats of today. Baseball was a "blue collar" sport for so long with the players routinely abused... they had to be playing for the love of the game. "Jimmy Dugan" had it right: "Are you CRYING?... There's no CRYING in baseball!" Great job and thanks!

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      -Judith- 8 years ago

      While I'm not as passionate about your chosen topic as you are, I recognize an excellent lens when I see it. Well done...very professional. Congratulations!

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      Joel_R 8 years ago

      This lens should win the pulitzer of the squido lenses (or the equivalent)

      Great work!